2015 Conference Agenda

All events will be held at the Las Cruces Convention Center, 680 E. University Ave.

Wednesday, September 16

8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Registration
The registration desk will be open throughout the two-day conference. Please stop at registration when you arrive to receive your name badge and program.
10 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
10:30 a.m. Education’s Role in Economic Development
Jim Hunt, former Governor of North Carolina
11:30 a.m. Lunch is served (Convention Center ballroom)
1 p.m. Aging U.S. Infrastructure – Financing Strategies
Samara Barend, Senior Vice President and Public-Private Partnership Director, AECOM Capital; Founder, Performance Based Building Coalition
2 p.m. Aging U.S. Infrastructure – ASCE National Report Card
Andrew Herrmann, former President, American Society of Civil Engineers; Principal Emeritus, Hardesty & Hanover
3 p.m. Aging U.S. Infrastructure
Mary E. Peters, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
4 p.m. Program concludes for the day

Thursday, September 17

7 a.m. – Noon Registration
7 – 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
8 a.m. Regional Economic Development
Susana Martinez, Governor of New Mexico
9 a.m. Regional Economic Development
Angelos Angelou, AngelouEconomics, consultant working with the Borderplex Alliance on a regional strategic plan
10 a.m. Introductory Remarks on U.S. Energy Independence
Pete V. Domenici, retired U.S. Senator
10:15 a.m. U.S. Energy Independence
Dana Christensen, Deputy Director of Science and Technology, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
11:15 a.m. Energy in the Americas
Francisco J. Monaldi, Ph.D., Fellow in Latin American Energy Policy, The Baker Institute at Rice University; Belfer Center Associate, Geopolitics of Energy, Harvard University
12:15 p.m. Lunch is served (Convention Center exhibit hall)
12:45 p.m. Middle East Policy
Robert Ford, Senior Fellow at The Middle East Institute; former U.S. Ambassador to Syria (2010-2014) and former U.S. Ambassador to Algeria (2006-2008)
1:45 p.m. Closing Remarks/Conference Concludes