Thursday, December 27, 2012

ARDA readies 2013 Executive Forum

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The American Railway Development Association (ARDA) late Wednesday announced that registration for the ARDA 2013 Executive Forum is now available. The forum will be held February 12-13, 2013, in BNSF's Network Operations Center (NOC) Viewing Gallery, at 2600 Lou Menk Drive, Fort Worth, Tex., 76131.

Registration is open to all professionals in the rail industry. Attendees of ARDA events include personnel from Class I railroads, short line railroads, design/engineering/consulting companies, rail contractors and suppliers, technology providers to the rail industry, and professionals from the real estate, economic development, environmental, engineering, and legal disciplines.

To register, click on the events page at

Speakers will include: Fort Worth Housing & Economic Development Director Jay Chapa, updating attendees on Tower 55; BNSF Senior General Attorney of Real Estate David Rankin, Texas DOT Rail Division Director Bill Glavin, covering industrial rail spur funding; BNSF Environmental Vice President John Lovenburg addressing sustainability; and both BNSF Director of Economic Development Darrell Coffey and BNSF Director of Strategic Development Skip Kalb on the Alliance Intermodal Facility and beyond.

The event will also feature a guided tour of BNSF's Alliance Intermodal Facility, located just 10 miles north of BNSF headquarters. In addition, this conference will provide 7 program hours of Continuing Education Units, resulting in 0.7 CEUs.

ARDA is a not-for-profit educational trade association founded in 1906 to promote the Economic Development, Real Estate Development, Technology Advancement, Environmental Activities, and Legal issues of the North American railroads.

Contact ARDA staff with any questions or concerns by email at < Or call Ron Skinner, ARDA executive director, at 785-393-8191.

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