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Move U.P.! Mobility in the Rural Landscape Panel Discussions

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Tuesday, April 13, 2021 3:00pm

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Mobility is a vast topic spanning multiple disciplines including engineering, computing, robotics, social sciences, humanities, and others. Looking forward, how can Michigan Tech contribute towards a future where Mobility is more sustainable, equitable, and best supports the well-being of our region and beyond?

Panel Discussions

To help us begin to answer these questions, we are hosting two virtual Mobility events, starting with a panel discussion at 3 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, April 6. This event will feature an exciting group of national leaders in mobility, transportation, community leadership, public policy, and economic development who will share their unique perspectives on Mobility.

National Mobility Panelists

  • Doug Lynott, Director, Economic Development Integration (EDI), US EDA
  • Catherine Barrett, Chief Counsel, Legislative Director, Senator Gary Peters’ Office
  • Trevor Pawl, Chief Mobility Officer for the State of Michigan
  • Marlene Connor, Principal/Manager, Marlene Connor Associates, LLC
  • John Soyring, Investor and Retired IBM Senior Executive
  • John Norquist, former CEO of Congress for New Urbanism (CNU) and former mayor of Milwaukee


We hope you’ll join us as we initiate this important discussion and consider how national issues intersect with the unique challenges and opportunities of small cities and rural communities like those here in the Upper Peninsula. The goal is to make this event as interactive as possible and will feature an opportunity for participants to join the discussion during a live Q&A. This event is free to attend but registration is required and space is limited, so register today!

Regional Mobility Panelists

Our second panel discussion will be held one week later at 3 p.m. (EDT) on Tuesday, April 13. The discussion builds upon the first by bringing together a panel of community leaders and innovators from across the U.P. to discuss Mobility-related challenges and opportunities in our region. For more information and registration for both events, please visit


  • Patrick Visser, Chief Commercialization Officer, MTEC SmartZone
  • Eric Waara, Houghton City Manager
  • Dave Ollila, Co-Founder, 100k ideas (and many others)
  • Marty Fittante, CEO, InvestUP
  • Peter Deppe, Co-Founder and CEO, Kuhmute
  • Wendy Hoffman, Transportation Planner, Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians

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