The newly-announced conference agenda is below (all times CT):

8:00 AM Registration and Breakfast

8:30 Opening Remarks
Rolf Nordstrom, President & CEO, Great Plains Institute
Charles Griffith, Climate and Energy Program Director, The Ecology Center

8:45 Road Map Presentation
The Midcontinent Transportation Electrification Collaborative will release its Road Map to Decarbonization in the Midcontinent: Transportation Electrification. Franz Litz of the Great Plains Institute will present key highlights from the Road Map.

9:10 Mapping Out the Road to Great EV Penetration in the Midcontinent
A panel of diverse stakeholder participants of MTEC will provide their reflections on the EV Road Map.

MODERATOR: Samantha Williams, Midwest Director, Climate & Clean Energy Program, Natural Resources Defense Council

Thomas Ashley, Vice President, Policy, Greenlots
Mathias C Bell, Electric Vehicle Program Lead, Xcel Energy
Sam Houston, Clean Vehicle Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists
Jeff Jaeckels, Director Safety and Environmental Affairs, Madison Gas and Electric Co.

10:10 Networking Break

10:30 Morning Keynote
Richard Mark, President, Ameren Illinois Companies

11:00 AM NREL Presentation: The EV Infrastructure Gaps
Matthew Moniot from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) will present on a recent study of the EV Infrastructure Gap within the Midcontinent region

11:15 AM Closing the Infrastructure Gap within the Midcontinent Region
Representatives of charging companies and state and regional departments will reflect on the NREL presentations and their own perspectives on closing the infrastructure gap within the Midcontinent region.

MODERATOR: Samantha Bingham, Clean Transportation Program Director, City of Chicago Department of Transportation

Maria DiBiase Eisemann, Transportation Policy Analyst, Colorado Energy Office
Michael Hughes, Chief Commercial and Revenue Officer, ChargePoint
Tim Sexton, Chief Sustainability Officer, Minnesota Department of Transportation

12:15 PM Lunch Provided

1:15 PM Automaker Perspective: Growth and Future of EVs
Automaker stakeholders will provide their perspective on the growth and future of EVs in the midcontinent region.

MODERATOR: Philip B Jones, Executive Director, Alliance for Transportation Electrification

Deb Heed, Electrification Policy & Standards Specialist, Ford Motor Company
Rohan Patel, Director of Policy and Business Development, North America, Tesla, Inc.
Spencer Reeder, Director of Government Affairs, Audi
David Warren, Director of Sustainable Transportation, New Flyer of America

2:15 PM Networking Break

2:30 PM Status of Utility EV Programs within the Midcontinent Region
A brief update by Brendan Jordan from the Great Plains Institute on the most recent utility EV programs within the region.

2:45 PM EVs and Cities
Local initiatives within cities have contributed to the growth of EVs within the region. This panel will highlight a number of initiatives within the Midcontinent region. Confirmed Speakers include:

MODERATOR: Doug Scott, Vice President, Great Plains Institute

Pete Ballard, Lead Financial Analyst, Chicago Transit Authority
Valerie Sathe Brugeman, Senior Project Manager, Center for Automotive Research
Jordan Davis, Director, Smart Cities, Smart Columbus
Alex Keros, Smart Cities Chief, General Motors Urban Mobility/Maven

3:45 PM Afternoon Keynote
Norman J. Saari, Commissioner, Michigan Public Service Commission

4:15 PM Closing Remarks

4:30 PM Adjourn