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2020 SRF Call for Presentation

The Southeastern States and Women’s Transportation Seminar North Carolina Triangle Chapter (WTS) will hold its bi-annual Southeast Rail Forum (SRF) March 25-27, 2020, at the Sheraton in downtown Raleigh, NC. This notice is a call for presentations for a limited number of speaking opportunities.

The SRF objectives include the following:

 • Discuss the Southeastern State’s vision for the role of
    rail in the region; the Federally-led Regional Study
    and future governance options for the Southeast
    Corridor will be included

• Highlight the economic benefits of rail projects and
  services

• Identify the role, trends and activities in intermodal
  freight transportation: Rail, Ports, Trucking, and
  Shipping Hubs

• Discuss how passenger and freight rail services can be
  planned in concert to meet the demands of our growing
  region 

• Provide an opportunity for multi-state networking and
  information sharing, and • Provide an opportunity to
  discuss area freight, intermodal, and passenger
  projects.

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Educational sessions:

There are two types of sessions – plenary and breakout.

Plenary Sessions - should be of a general enough nature that they will appeal to a general audience of rail planning and design professionals, freight or passenger rail professionals, or both groups and should contain enough content for 60-90 minutes.

Breakout Sessions - may be of a more focused nature and contain enough content for 30-45 minutes.

Additional criteria for sessions:

• May utilize a single presenter, multiple presenters or a
  panel format. If a panel method is selected, the panel 
  should consist of 3-4 participants, including a    moderator.

• Should share case studies from the commercial     
  construction industry.

• Should employ experience-based learning with
  interactions, hands-on activities and demonstrations.

• Should present innovative techniques or best practices
  related to rail.

• Should provide a handout and/or other meaningful 
  takeaway for attendees.

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