“Freight railroads are a boon for Wisconsin communities not only because they spend massively on essential rail infrastructure, but also because they help take trucks off our underfunded and overburdened roadways.”

Daniel Fedderly is a registered professional engineer with the State of Wisconsin, as well as a professional land surveyor. He has close to 30 years of experience working with Wisconsin county highway departments, including working for the Dunn County Highway Department as an engineer, as well as the St. Croix County Highway Department, where he served as highway commissioner from 1990 to 2003.

Since 2003, Fedderly has provided consultant services to various communities as well as Executive Director services through contract for the Wisconsin County Highway Association.

 

“New York ‘s freight rail connections power economic development across the state, from farms to factories and all the jobs supported in between.”

Ryan Silva has served as Executive Director of the New York State Economic Development Council since August 2017, working with its 900 members across New York State to improve the economic climate and quality of life in New York State. Prior to joining the NYSEDC, Silva served as Director of Government Relations in the Office of the President at the University at Albany. He also served as Vice President of Regional Economic Development for Empire State Development (ESD) and Deputy Director of the Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) Initiative.

Silva began his professional career at the Rensselaer County Regional Chamber of Commerce in Troy, New York, serving as Membership Director and Director of Economic Development and Government Affairs. He graduated from The College of Saint Rose with a B.A. in public communications. He resides in East Greenbush, N.Y., with his wife, Sandra, and their three children.

 

“Freight railroads serve the Port of Wilmington, reliably and efficiently connecting our businesses and relieving congestion across the state. They’ll be even more important in the future as we need to move more freight and do it in an environmentally responsible way.”

Sen. Elizabeth “Tizzy” Lockman represents communities in the central and west Wilmington areas, one of the most diverse and densely populated districts in Delaware. Raised in Wilmington’s Cool Spring neighborhood, she entered community service through Public Allies Delaware. She later served as vice chair of the Wilmington Education Improvement Commission and director of the Parent Advisory Council on Education (PACE) initiative at the Christina Cultural Arts Center.

Sen. Lockman was elected by the Senate Democratic Caucus in December of 2020 as Majority Whip. Sen. Lockman is chair of the Transportation and Rules & Ethics Committees, vice chair of the Senate Education Committee, and serves on the Executive Committee. She also serves as co-chair of the Redding Consortium for Education Equity, which is developing ways the Delaware Department of Education and the General Assembly can improve outcomes for students in Wilmington and Northern New Castle County.

“Transportation and freight rail in particular are key components of our vital infrastructure supporting all Coloradoans. Freight rail is the most economical long haul component of our transportation and is key to our economic vitality including in particular the energy sector and agricultural.”

Andres “Andy” Pico was elected to the State House of Representatives in 2020, representing House District 16 in north central Colorado Springs. He serves on the Transportation and Local Affairs committee, and the Energy and Environment Committee.

A retired naval flight officer, Pico completed 21 years of active duty. After retiring from the Navy, Pico worked as a defense contractor for more than 16 years. Pico served two terms as the District-6 representative on Colorado Springs City Council, on the Board of Directors for Colorado Springs Utilities, including as the past Vice-Chair and Chair; and on the Board of Directors for Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments and the past Vice-Chair and Chair.

Pico received a Bachelor of Business Administration with emphasis on transportation and public utilities from the University of Arizona, as well as master’s degrees from Salve Regina University in international relations and the Naval War College, College of Naval Command and Staff, in national security affairs and strategic studies.

“Freight rail is a fundamental part of the Illinois economy, from Chicago, the nation’s preeminent rail hub, to the 52 different railroads that connect businesses and industry across the state and country. Efficient rail connections fueled by private investments are a development catalyst.”

Clark Kaericher serves as Vice President of Government Affairs and Executive Director of Technology and Infrastructure at the Illinois Chamber of Commerce. He was previously Senate Republican staff and Chief Administrative Officer at the Illinois Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT). Prior to DoIT, Clark served two years as the District 9 administrative services manager at the Illinois Department of Transportation.

He has managed multiple state senate campaigns and worked in significant roles on gubernatorial and congressional races. Clark earned a Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law in 2010, and a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University, Kelley School of Business in 2007. He lives in Chatham with his wife, two daughters and their dog.

“Freight railroads are a vital artery for Minnesota producers and consumers, connecting our industries to the nation and world. They will continue to be a multiplier for economic development while cutting back on emissions as our state meets increased freight demand in the future.”

Randy Maluchnik serves as the President of the Southwest Corridor Transportation Coalition, the driving advocacy group for improving U.S. Highway 212. Maluchnik is a former Carver County Commissioner and the immediate past chair of the National Association of Counties Transportation Steering Committee, where he also served as the Highway and Highway Safety Subcommittee Chair.

Maluchnik cites his 12 years work as a member of the Metropolitan Council’s Transportation Advisory Board as most challenging and rewarding while working for regional balance and enhancing the role of comprehensive equity outreach on scoring transportation projects for the region.

Maluchnik served as a member the Minnesota Transportation Alliance’s executive committee and as one of that organization’s past presidents. While president of the Association of Minnesota Counties, he prioritized transportation issues. Maluchnik is also a recipient of the Advocate Award from the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota.

He holds a master’s degree in Vocational Education from the University of North Dakota. Prior to being a Carver County Commissioner, Maluchnik served on the Chaska City Council, Carver County Planning Commission and Carver County Parks Commission.

“With nearly 1,300 trains passing through Chicagoland each day, railroads are an economic powerhouse for our region. Innovation and massive private spending in the rail sector supports efficient and safe operations that in turn enable local industry and catalyze development.”

Marcus C. Evans, Jr. is the State Representative of the 33rd District of Illinois. He is the Chairman of the Committee on Labor & Commerce, and a member of the committee on Transportation: Regulations, Roads and Bridges (previous chair). He is a strong advocate for transportation growth and improvement. Outside of public service, Marcus is a licensed real estate appraiser and enjoys the avocation of officiating as an Illinois High School Association licensed basketball official.

“Freight railroads propel our local economy, operating under a self-funding model where private investments create public benefits. Much of the private sector spending by railroads has gone into new technologies that save on fuel and reduce emissions from locomotives, which is especially relevant in Connecticut, where we struggle with high ozone levels.”

Pete Hess was elected as Mayor of the Borough of Naugatuck in 2015. He has been unopposed as Mayor in the last two elections and is now starting his third term.

Hess graduated from Boston University with a B.S. in Finance. He went on to graduate from the University of San Francisco School of Law and practiced law until he was elected Mayor. He is currently engaged in the development of the Inland Port of Naugatuck, which will become the first Intermodal Terminal in the State of Connecticut.

“Maryland’s freight railroads contribute to the social vibrancy and economic stability of our region by transporting multitudes of goods to regional consumers and industry. Through their operations and capital investment, railroads support local economic development and thousands of Maryland jobs. Freight rail will be a core component of our nation’s long-term viability.”

Raised an “Army brat,” Jarrett Smith moved to the Washington DC area to attend Howard University. He has lived in Takoma Park since 2005 and currently works in commercial real estate and is serving his 4th term on Takoma Park’s City Council, and he serves on the Board of Directors Executive Committee for the Maryland Municipal League. Councilmember Smith sits on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee with the National League of Cities and is passionate about the history of rail transport for passengers and freight in our country and its significance all over the world.  An advocate for the railroad industry, Jarrett has read and studied their history and understands that railroads represent an entire comprehensive ecosystem employing 27+ unions including their administration and members as well as professionals highly skilled in the capital markets, banking, mining, engineering, mechanics, retailers, etc.  Moreover, aware that our country’s pension system started with the railroads and its unions, Jarrett can be considered a fan of an industry that often goes “unsung” despite the enormous role it plays in the US and even the World economy.

Jarrett can often be seen walking through Sligo Creek Park or on Flower Avenue on his way to and from council meetings or gatherings and/or meetings with his constituents.  Councilmember Smith and his wife live in Takoma Park’s Ward 5.

“Oregon’s storied timber industry remains one of our state’s most important economic drivers. At the center of this success is freight rail, which is essential for delivering Oregon lumber and wood products to markets throughout the country and overseas.”

Tim Atkinson is vice president of sales for Stimson Lumber Company in Portland, Oregon and has more than 20 years of experience in the industry in both operations and sales. As president of Pacific Northwest Association of Rail Shippers (PNWARS), he brings experience in supply chain and logistics offering perspectives and solutions in the Pacific Northwest region by leveraging contacts to bring industry leaders together for two regional meetings per year. Atkinson has served on the PNWARS board since 2016.

Atkinson also brings expertise as a nonprofit leader as chair of Green Building Initiative, bringing experience in promotion, design, and adoption of sustainable materials that improve the building environment. Atkinson has served on GBI’s board since 2013 and also held the role of Treasurer of GBI from 2017 through 2018.

Stimson Lumber is an Oregon-based company with roots dating back to the 1850s. It is one of the oldest continuously operating integrated wood products companies in the United States stretching across Oregon, Idaho and Montana. Atkinson started his career as a management trainee on the sales team, after earning a bachelor’s degree in business from Southern Oregon University. Atkinson also holds an MBA degree from the University of Oregon Executive MBA program.