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Life is a Highway: Roadways as Platforms for Innovation

Life is a Highway: Roadways as Platforms for Innovation

On May 19, 2021, Meeting of the Minds convened a free, live webinar featuring Steve Hamilton, a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Infrastructure & Capital Projects Practice and Steve Truebner, Sales Director, Connected Communities for Black & Veatch.


The arteries of America, urban highways and rural backroads have become platforms for innovation to address overlapping challenges for cities and regions. Fiber and communications infrastructure, in and along these roadways, can advance genuine quality of life improvements such as human safety, digital healthcare, education and job opportunities, economic development, intelligent transportation data, and even precision agriculture.

As the United States embarks on a new age for infrastructure strategy with new federal funding and policy impetus, a deeper understanding of the role of intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and how those same networks can enable adjacent, quality of life use cases will be central to the policy debate. As cities and regions prepare for the “American Jobs Plan” and other funds from the Biden administration, ITS will play a critical role in addressing the resiliency, equity and job creation requirements to build back better.

We will hear from Steve Truebner, from Black & Veatch, and Steve Hamilton, from Deloitte, who will share their perspectives from work across the US, including Pennsylvania, Arizona and Southern California. Steve Truebner will share Black & Veatch’s work conducting engineering, permitting, procurement and construction of Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s 220-mile fiber optic network. Steve Hamilton will share Deloitte’s new work on Arizona’s mobility innovation zone. They will also share their work with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) 2021 regional plan and Five Big Moves, which includes mobility hubs, flexible fleets, enhanced connectivity, new technologies and capabilities out to 2050.


Steve Hamilton

Steve Hamilton

Senior Manager, Deloitte

Steve Hamilton is a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Infrastructure & Capital Projects Practice. He has more than 15 years of experience providing strategic planning and economic assessments for large-scale infrastructure projects worldwide. He is an experienced transaction specialist (P3s) on projects for the World Bank Group, national and city governments, and private real estate developers/operators. He has worked in 20 countries, spanning Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Latin America, Mexico, and the United States. Steve helps lead Deloitte’s work in urban development and Smart Cities, including advising clients on new business models for shared value capture. Prior to joining Deloitte, Steve worked for AECOM. Steve received his Master’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and his Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.
Steve Truebner

Steve Truebner

Sales Director, Connected Communities, Black & Veatch

Steve Truebner has more than 20 years of experience working with the public sector. Specializing in public-private partnerships, he has led a wide range of energy, infrastructure and technology deployments across 30 U.S. states. His focus at Black & Veatch is on broadband expansion and intelligent infrastructure solutions with cities, states and utilities.

Prior to his work in the private sector, Steve served in the Colorado Governor’s Office and Office of Energy Management. He also has a history of campaign management and public relations.

He lives in Kansas City, Missouri with his wife and three children.

Jessie Feller Hahn

Jessie Feller Hahn

Executive Director, Meeting of the Minds

Jessie Feller Hahn is the Executive Director of Meeting of the Minds. Since 2010, she has built and managed the development of Meeting of the Minds into an international leadership platform for city-to-city learning. Jessie’s focus is identifying global urban sustainability, innovation, and technology best practices; developing platforms for city leaders to exchange best practices; spotlighting innovators; and building alliances and partnerships between the private sector, public sector, non-profit and philanthropic sectors.

Previously, Jessie launched and ran the Regional Energy Policy Program at Regional Plan Association in New York City. She has written numerous articles which have been featured in NPR, Urban Age Magazine, The Record, RPA’s Spotlight on the Region, The Hartford Courant, among others. Previous to RPA, Jessie worked as a cluster specialist at Economic Competitiveness Group, as a Sustainability Fellow at the Portland Development Commission, and started her career at SMWM (now Perkins + Will) in their urban design studio.

Jessie holds a BA from Vassar College in Urban Studies and Hispanic Studies (Phi Beta Kappa) and a Masters in Environment and Development Studies (honors) from the London School of Economics and Political Science.


May 19, 2021
10:00 am - 11:00 am
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