The "Connected and Autonomous Vehicles 101" National Roadshow for Small Towns, Counties and Satellite Cities in the Harrisburg, Central and South Central Pennsylvania Region...

With its highly-respected research institutions, key multi-modal freight corridors, and growing high-tech economy, the Harrisburg, Central and South Central Pennsylvania region has the potential to become one of the nation's leading innovation centers for Self-Driving Vehicles.


Join your municipal colleagues and a roster of national and local experts at a full-day "Connected and Autonomous Vehicle 101" seminar to explore the key aspects of the Autonomous Vehicle Economy and the infrastructure and policy changes that counties, satellite cities, small towns and rural communities in the Harrisburg, Central and South Central Pennsylvania region will need to consider in order to take advantage of coming electrification and self-driving technologies.

Wednesday, June 29th

8:00 - 4:30

At the Central Penn College Conference Center
600 Valley Road

Summerdale, PA 17093-0309

(717) 732-0702




Steve Deck is the Executive Director of Tri-County Regional Planning Commission, with more than 30 years of experience in municipal and transportation planning and NEPA experience, having held planning and management positions with Michael Baker International, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Skelly and Loy, and Gannett Fleming. Since taking over as Executive Director, Deck led the development of the first all online Long-Range Transportation Plan in Pennsylvania for the HATS MPO and is currently helping manage the I-81 Improvement Strategy across the Franklin County, HATS, and Lebanon County MPOs. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in geoenvironmental studies from Shippensburg University and is certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Mark Kopko is the manager of PennDOT's Advanced Vehicle Technology program. Mark is currently in charge of all day-to-day operations related to connected and automated vehicles including the deployment of Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) and the development of the Statewide Connected and Automated Vehicle Strategic Plan. Mark has previously served as a technical advisor for the PennDOT's 2040 Connected and Automated Vehicles Vision and committee member for NCHRP 20-24(98) - Connected and Automated Vehicles Research Roadmap. Mark is PennDOT's representative to the Connected Vehicle Pooled Fund, Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Deployment Coalition, AASHTO's Connected/Automated Vehicle Working Group, Smart Belt Coalition, and numerous other groups/committees. Mark is a graduate of The Ohio State University.

Dale Neef, host of the CAV 101 Roadshow, is an author and strategic technology consultant who advises state and local municipalities, organizations, and communities on the infrastructure and policy implications of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. A specialist in transportation economics and technologies, he has been a technical consultant for the Asian Development Bank, has worked for IBM and Computer Sciences Corporation, and was a fellow at Ernst & Young’s Center for Business Innovation. A veteran facilitator, he has conducted executive planning workshops with corporate and municipal teams in more than a hundred organizations worldwide, and has taught at a variety of institutions, including Cornell University and the International School of Management in Paris. A frequent contributor to journals, and a regular speaker at technology conferences, he earned his masters and doctorate from Cambridge University, was a research fellow at Harvard, and has written or edited eight books on the economics of knowledge and data management and the role of technology in economic development and society. He was a member of the American Planning Association's Smart Cities Task Force, and hosts the “Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Roadshow for Counties, Satellite Cities and Small Towns,” an American Planning Association-approved Certificate Maintenance course which provides 101-level education for municipalities across America.



8:00 – 8:30  Welcome and Introductions


8:30 - 9:30 Module 1: "Disruptive Economic and Transportation Trends of Our Times" (Dale Neef, Economics and Technology Writer and President DNA Data Solutions)


9:30 – 10:30  Module 2: “Understanding the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Ecosystem" (Dale Neef)


10:30 - 10:45 Coffee Break


10:45 – 11:45 Module 3: "Understanding the AV Situation at the State Level: Transportation Innovation and CAV in Pennsylvania," (Mark Kopko, Manager of PennDOT's Advanced Vehicle Technology program)


11:45 – 12:30 Lunch


12:30 – 1:15 Module 4: "Implications of the Shift to the Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Economy," (Dale Neef)


1:15 – 2:15 Module 5: "Understanding the AV Situation in Harrisburg and the South Central Pennsylvania Region" (Steve Deck, Executive Director of Tri-County Regional Planning Commission)


2:15 - 2:45 Afternoon Coffee Break


2:45 – 3:45 "Panel Discussion and Q&A" (Facilitated by Dale Neef: panelists Mark Kopko and Steve Deck)


3:45 – 4:30 Module 6 and Close: "What Next?: Strategic Planning, Stakeholder Inclusion and Public Outreach" (Dale Neef)