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September 15, 2017 3:15 PM, EDT

Secretary Chao to Address Industry at MCE in October

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The country’s top transportation official will update trucking executives about the Trump administration’s policies and objectives at the Management Conference & Exhibition hosted by American Trucking Associations next month in Orlando, Fla.

Secretary Elaine Chao will deliver keynote remarks during a general session Oct. 23. She is expected to help elucidate the infrastructure funding goals of the administration, as well as the recent proposals at the department to streamline environmental regulations across the construction sector.

“Permitting streamlined processes are really needed to ensure that we can repair, rebuild and construct new infrastructure that will address the infrastructure needs of our country, to make our country more competitive, to provide more jobs and to ensure that we have the best transportation infrastructure in the world,” Chao said in August in New York, soon after President Donald Trump signed an executive order charging that a federal agency oversee the expediting of environmental regulations for construction projects.

The conference at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center will be held Oct. 21-25, featuring the theme “Building Trucking’s Future.”

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“With a program that will feature updates on the economy, the political picture in Washington, regulations affecting the industry and the opportunity to see some of the technology changing trucking, MCE remains a singularly important event on the calendar for trucking,” said ATA Chairman Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express Inc., in Ohio. “Every time I’ve attended MCE, I have been able to take something back to improve my business, so I encourage anyone concerned about the future of trucking to attend.”