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By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

ARTBA and the American Trucking Associations (ATA) are hosting a June 29 luncheon and policy discussion to mark the 60th anniversary of the Interstate Highway System.

The free event takes place noon to 3 p.m., at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.60thPin_White_Small

Advance registration is required by noon Eastern time, Friday, June 24, via ARTBA’s website at This will help us with food service and other logistics.

Senate Environment & Public Works Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) will deliver the keynote address at lunch. He will be followed by Jim Pinkerton, Fox News contributor and former senior official in the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations. Pinkerton is also the author of “A Vision of American Strength: How Transportation Infrastructure Built the United States.”

A panel of transportation experts will explore what the Interstates of the future should look like to keep America moving and the U.S. economy growing.

Confirmed speakers participating in the panel discussion include:

  • Pat Thomas, senior vice president, state government affairs, UPS;
  • Brad Dean, president & CEO, Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Chamber of Commerce;
  • Jeff Paniati, executive director and chief executive officer, Institute of Transportation Engineers; and
  • John Lex, professional driver, Walmart Transportation and ATA “America’s Road Team” captain.

Brian Pallasch, managing director, government relations & infrastructure initiatives, at the American Society of Civil Engineers, will moderate the panel discussion.

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, contact ARTBA’s Vice President of Meetings & Events Ed Tarrant at 202.289.4434.

Out of town attendees can consider staying at the J.W. Marriott Hotel, which is located next to the Press Club. For reservations, call the hotel directly at 800.393.2503.