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2050 Summit Overview

This half-day event, will provide transportation professionals, policy makers and business leaders an opportunity to hear from leading experts on innovative transportation solutions being used throughout the country to meet the challenges that face 21st century transportation systems.

Event Details

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Westin Buffalo; Louis Ballroom; 250 Delaware Ave; Buffalo, NY 14202 (map)
8:00am - 12:00pm

AICP members can earn Certification Maintenance (CM) credits for this event (or activities at this event). 3.0 CM credits are pending. AICP members must be in attendance for the duration of the event in order to receive CM Credit.


2050 Summit Speakers

Anthony M. Townsend

Anthony M. Townsend  

Senior Research Scientist at New York University's Rudin Center for Transportation and fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute

Dr. Anthony Townsend is a Senior Research Scientist at New York University’s Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management where he is investigating the impacts of mobile information services and communications on travel behavior and long-term shifts in mobility demands in megacities, and the impacts of both trends on transportation planning and policy analysis.

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Anthony’s return to NYU resumes his earlier collaboration with the Taub Urban Research Center, where from 2000-2005 he directed research sponsored by the National Science Foundation on urban technology and the Department of Homeland Security on crisis communications.

Anthony is also a fellow at the Data & Society Research Institute, an newly-launched think-do tank located in New York City. His research focuses on the emerging field of urban informatics and its impact on local government and citizen engagement.

From 2005 to 2014, Anthony was Research Director at the Institute for the Future, an independent research organization located in Silicon Valley. There, he led the development of strategic forecasts on smart cities and the Internet of Things, big data and inclusive urban development, a national innovation strategy framework for a major emerging economy, cloud computing and the restructuring of a major state court administrative agency, and the evolving role of science and technology parks in economic development.

Anthony is actively involved in policymaking and economic development organizations around the world. In 2004 he was a Fulbright Exchange Scholar at the Seoul Development Institute in South Korea, studying the social impacts of broadband on the Seoul metropolitan region. He was one of the original founders of NYCwireless, a pioneer in the municipal wireless movement that promotes the use of public-access Wi-Fi in the development of local communities. He testified at a United States Senate hearing on “Research Parks and Job Creation” on December 9, 2009, and serves on the advisory board of the International Association of Science Parks ( He has served on mayoral municipal broadband advisory boards in both New York City and San Francisco, and advises technology and economic development agencies in several global cities. He was recently named one of Planetizen’s Leading Thinkers in Urban Planning & Technology and Top 100 Thinkers tracking the Internet of things by Postscapes.

His first book, Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers, and the Quest for a New Utopia was published by W.W. Norton & Co. in 2013.

Anthony holds a Ph.D. in urban and regional planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a master’s in urban planning from New York University, and a B.A. in urban studies with a minor in physics from Rutgers University.

Richard Perrin

Richard Perrin

Director of Planning, East Region; T.Y. Lin International (TYLI) 

Richard Perrin manages TYLI’s large-scale planning and transportation projects across the company, and assists clients’ critical transportation infrastructure needs by identifying funding and implementing outcome-based management. 

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A seasoned professional, Mr. Perrin served as Genesee Transportation Council’s executive director for 12 years. He successfully led all activities related to federally-funded transportation policy, planning, and investment in New York’s nine-county Rochester/Genesee-Finger Lakes Region, which has a population of 1.25 million. Perrin is credited as the lead developer of the highly-regarded performance-based, data-driven capital programming process for prioritizing investment in the region. Mr. Perrin has nationally-recognized experience in successfully creating and implementing inventive solutions to meet the economic, land use, and environmental needs of diverse stakeholders through transportation projects and programs. He has a proven ability to develop, assess, and continuously improve an organizational operating model and related policy, planning, and investment decision-making activities to ensure limited resources are used cost-effectively and result in efficient product delivery.

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Susan Binder

Senior Associate, Cambridge Systematics, Inc.

Susan Binder has a long and distinguished transportation career, with broad experience in transportation policy, funding reform, and process improvements. 

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Prior to joining Cambridge Systematics, she served two tours on Capitol Hill as a member of the majority staff of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and as staff of the House Public Works and Transportation Committee, serving as a LEGIS Fellow during the development of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA). This legislative experience, combined with a detail to the Office of Management and Budget, have given Ms. Binder critical insights into surface transportation funding and regulation, intergovernmental relations, and modal issues. As Executive Director of the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Study Commission, Ms. Binder successfully led the staff efforts in support of this 12-member, Congressionally mandated Commission, chaired by the Secretary of Transportation. There she was responsible for policy analysis, logistics, and external communications. The Commission culminated with its Report to Congress in January 2008, containing extensive analyses to address the current and future demands on the conventional funding framework for surface transportation and the continued feasibility of the Federal funding mechanisms. The Commission’s substantive recommendations have helped to shape the ongoing debate on future national legislation and the roles of Federal, State, and local entities in jointly funding and operating the nation’s transportation system.


Paul Ray

Associate Director of Operations, University at Buffalo Regional Institute (UBRI)

Paul is a project manager, researcher and analysist and is also responsible for general operations and fiscal management at UBRI. 

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His main areas of expertise are economic development, Impact analysis, strategic planning and transportation. Paul draws on his education in civil engineering, economics and urban planning and experience from the transportation and construction fields to apply a multi-disciplinary approach to strategic planning and problem solving.

Paul has been the involved in most of UBRI’s recent efforts. Most notably, he was project manager for the Humboldt Parkway Deck Economic Impact Study, SUNY Fredonia’s Economic Impact Study, and the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council’s technical assistance initiative. He has also contributed to UBRI’s work on other projects such as One Region Forward, Western New York Region’s Strategy for Prosperity, Buffalo Billion Investment Strategy, Upstate New York Revitalization Strategy, and The Buffalo Green Code. Additionally, he is a member of several regional advisory groups including the Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus Transportation Demand Management (TDM) working group and Erie County’s Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) working group.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, a Master of Arts in Economics and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Paul’s academic interests explore the interaction between land use, transportation and long-term resilience. He is a co-author of “Determinants of exposure to fine particulate matter for waiting passengers at bus stops”, published in the journal Atmospheric Environment and was awarded the School of Architecture and Planning’s Best Professional Project Award in 2009.