Foundation Hosts Two Transportation Events in May

May 1st, 2010 by Leave a Comment

Atlanta – Two events hosted this month by the Georgia Public Policy Foundation will bring national and international perspectives and expertise on transportation policy to Georgia, where the General Assembly recently approved transportation funding legislation. Register now to attend and discuss Georgia’s road to successful congestion relief and mobility.


A PPP Conversion: An Australian Leader’s Road from Foe to Friend of Tolls

Who: Bob Carr, 10-year Premier of New South Wales, Australia

What: A Georgia Public Policy Foundation Policy Briefing Luncheon

When: Noon, Friday, May 14, 2010

Where: The Commerce Club, 34 Broad Street, Atlanta, GA 30303

Bob Carr spent 10 years as Premier of New South Wales after seven years leading the Opposition Labor Party. The leader of Australia’s most populous state as it delivered the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, he was elected on a promise, among others, of lifting the tolls on two private roads in Sydney built by the previous conservative government.


Yet, when Carr retired in 2005, his government had not only expanded to eight the number of toll roads in Sydney, but pioneered public-private partnerships in roads, schools and hospitals that made New South Wales a global role model.


Register now to attend, A PPP Conversion: An Australian Leader’s Road from Foe to Friend of Tolls,” a noon Policy Briefing Luncheon on Friday, May 14, at Atlanta’s Commerce Club. Listen to the lessons for fledgling PPP proponent Georgia as the former premier describes his turnaround – and how he transformed the approach in his state.


Registration for this event is $35. Register by Wednesday, May 12, at www.gppf.orgDifficulty registering? E-mail mmbrannen@gppf.orgMedia interested in attending or call 404-256-4050.


Getting Georgians Out of Gridlock

Who: Randal O’Toole, Cato Senior Fellow

What: A Georgia Public Policy Foundation Leadership Breakfast and Book Forum

When: 8 a.m., Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Where: The Georgian Club, 100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1700 Atlanta, GA 30339

Cato Institute Senior Fellow Randal O’Toole’s newest book is “Gridlock: Why We’re Stuck in Traffic and What to Do About It.”

“As Randal O’Toole reveals in ‘Gridlock,’ the prime causes of our ailing system are a government transportation planning philosophy whose primary goal is to diminish auto use – hence, personal mobility – in combination with federal budget incentives that perversely encourage transportation planners to increase congestion,” explains the Cato Institute.

Register now to attend “Getting Georgians Out of Gridlock,” a Leadership Breakfast and Book Forum on Tuesday, May 18, at the Georgian Club. The Cato Senior Fellow, an expert on urban growth, public land, and transportation issues, will share his findings on the facts, figures and fiction behind transportation policy – and how Georgia can avoid the potholes.

O’Toole’s books include, “Reforming the Forest Service,” “The Vanishing Automobile and Other Urban Myths,” and “The Best-Laid Plans,” in which he calls for repealing federal, state, and local planning laws and proposes reforms that can help solve social and environmental problems without heavy-handed government regulation.


Registration for this event is $25. Register by Friday, May 14, at www.gppf.orgDifficulty registering? E-mail mmbrannen@gppf.orgMedia interested in attending or call 404-256-4050


About the Georgia Public Policy Foundation: The Foundation is an independent, state-based think tank that proposes practical, market-oriented approaches to public policy to improve the lives of Georgians. The Foundation’s regular events include Leadership Breakfasts and Policy Briefing Luncheons. Weekly publications are the Friday Facts and Friday Idea commentaries. Visit to read about innovative solutions to the state’s challenges or to watch streaming online video of Foundation events. Join the Foundation’s Facebook Fan Page or follow us on Twitter at


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