In the Kansas City region and across the nation, we are standing at the brink of remarkable times for transportation.

New technologies are rapidly changing the way we move people and goods, with profound impacts for our cities, our infrastructure and our regional economy.

KINETIC is an energetic series of forums to help our community better understand and prepare for the future of transportation.


Emerging Transportation Technologies — The Future is Now

October 6, 2016
Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110

This workshop will serve as a primer on emerging technologies — such as smart infrastructure and autonomous vehicles — and their implications for our transportation systems. You will learn about current projects using these technologies and how local governments need to prepare to take full advantage of them.


9 a.m. – Registration and continental breakfast
9:30 - 11:30 a.m. – Presentations and panel discussion

There is no cost to attend, but registration is required.

Presenters and panelists:

Stephen Buckley most recently served as general manager of transportation services for the city of Toronto, responsible for all aspects of Toronto's transportation network, from streets, bridges, traffic signals and street signs, to sidewalks, boulevards, street furniture and right-of-way management. He led the city's scenario-based plan for autonomous vehicles.

Prior to that, he was director of policy and planning in the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities in Philadelphia.

Ashley Z. Hand recently completed a fellowship as a transportation technology strategist for the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation. In that role, she developed public policy, an action plan and pilot program recommendations for shared mobility, automated vehicles and other technologies.

Previously, Ashley served as the first chief innovation officer of the City of Kansas City, Missouri and the first female municipal CIO in the country.

Local panelists include:

  • Jameson Auten, chief of regional service delivery and innovation for the Kansas City, Missouri Area Transportation Authority.
  • Bob Bennett, chief innovation officer for the city of Kansas City, Missouri.
  • Tom Blair, team leader for the Missouri Department of Transportation “Road to Tomorrow” initiative.
  • Brian Shields, city traffic engineer for the city of Overland Park.


Past events

April 22, 2016 — A forum on the future of transportation infrastructure featuring keynote speaker Rosabeth Moss Kanter, author of Move: Putting America's Infrastructure Back in the Lead.
More information »

February 17, 2016 — A dynamic series of community conversations on the future of transportation with keynote speaker William (Bill) Clay Ford Jr., Executive Chairman, Ford Motor Company
Watch the video »


Questions, ideas or comments?

Contact Ron Achelpohl or Amy Strange.



MoDOT’s Road to Tomorrow » initiative is exploring all options for building the interstate system of the future including infrastructure and technology innovations along with sustainable funding sources.

KC Rising » is a long-term vision for the greater Kansas City region to build capacity, bring existing businesses to scale and fully realize the region’s potential. KC Rising is regional in focus, but global in perspective targeting high growth in trade, people and ideas.

Series sponsors:

Presented in partnership with:
American Council of Engineering Companies of KansasAmerican Council of Engineering Companies of MissouriAmerican Institute of Architects Kansas City
American Planning Association — Kansas City Metro SectionAutomobile Dealers Association of Greater Kansas CityGreater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce
Heartland Civic CollaborativeKansas City Area Development CouncilKansas City Institute for Transportation EngineersKansas Department of Transportation
Kansas Society of Professional EngineersKC RisingKC SmartPortMissouri Department of TransportationUrban Land Institute - Kansas City

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