The 32nd Annual Midwest Regional & Short Line Summer Conference venue is set!

The Minnesota Regional Railroads Association Summer Conference will take place July 21-23, 2019 at Madden’s Resort in Brainerd, Minnesota. 

We had so much fun, we decided to go back!

Check out the official CONFERENCE PAGE for information about the upcoming Midwest conference and buy your tickets. We hope you are planning on it-we sure are!

A reminder to all registrants that you must reserve your hotel accommodations separately from this sign up and they are not included in your conference registration fee. Sign up early to get in our room block and be near the main event.

Take a look at the resort and book your room!

This Year’s Agenda:

32nd Midwest Short Line & Regional Railroads Annual Conference

Madden’s on Gull Lake – Brainerd, Minnesota  (July 21-23, 2019) 

Sunday, July 21

11:30pm          Golf Registration Opens – “Pine Beach East”

  Noon           Best Ball Golf Tournament – first flight off

4:00pm           Conference Registration & Resort Check-in – Inn Upper Lobby

5:30pm           Opening Reception & Golf Awards– Wilson Bay Lodge

7:00pm           Family Style Dinner – Wilson Bay Dining Room
                                    Sponsored by BNSF Railway

Monday, July 22

7:00am           Breakfast Buffet – Restaurant at Madden’s Inn

Sponsored by Minnesota Prairie Line Railroad

8:30am           Conference Welcome & Safety Briefing – Town Hall, Ballroom A

8:40am           Opening Remarks

9:00am           Keynote Presentation

                        “Precision Scheduled Railroading… The Cutting Edge?”

Larry Shughart, Railroad Consultant, Jacksonville, FL
Andreas Aeppli, Senior Associate, Cambridge Systematics
Richard Kloster, SVP & Chief Commercial Officer, AllTranstec, LLC
Dan Mack, EVP Finance, Marketing & Sales, Northern Plains Rail (moderator)

10:15am          Refreshment Break
Sponsored by Twin Cities & Western Railroad

10:45am          Breakout Sessions

  • FRA Update” Pillsbury Room

John Smullens, Chief Inspector, FRA, Region IV – Chicago
Dale Davidson, Grade Crossing Specialist, FRA
Stu Swartz, Operations Practices Inspector, FRA

  • Securing Your TechnologyAnderson F Room
  • Marketing the Benefits of Sustainable RailroadingAnderson G

Libby Ogard, President, Prime Focus, LLC

12:00pm          LuncheonFrom PSR to Chicken: It’s All About Culture” – Town Hall Ballroom B

Henry Posner III, Chairman, Railroad Development Corp
                                    Sponsored by Canadian Pacific

1:30pm           Breakout Sessions Continued

2:30pm           Free Time!!

Check out Adventure Cove, the Recreation Center, Mountain Biking, and the Spa!

6:00pm           Social Hour – Wilson Bay Beach

7:00pm           Lakeshore Buffet – Wilson Bay Beach
Sponsored by Union Pacific Railroad

8:30pm           Lakeside Beach Party

Tuesday, July 23

7:00am           Breakfast Buffet – Restaurant at Madden’s Inn

Sponsored by Messerli|Kramer, P.A.

8:30am           Conference Reconvenes – Town Hall Ballroom A

8:40am           The View from Capitol Hill

                                    John Gray, VP – Policy & Economics, American Association of Railroads

9:15am           The Next Chapter for American Short Lines

Keith Borman, Sr. VP/Counsel – American Short Line & Regional Railroads Assn.

9:45am           Trains, Planes & Autos -Minnesota’s Transportation Future Town Hall A

William Gardner, Director, Office of Freight & Commercial Vehicles, MNDoT
Jennifer Witt – Intergovernmental Relations, MnDOT

10:15am          Coffee Break
Sponsored by CN

10:45am          “What Was That All About?” – 2019 Legislative Review

State Senator Scott Newman – Chair, State Senate Transportation Committee
Rep. Frank Hornstein, Chair, House Transportation Finance & Policy Division
Rep. Paul Torkelson, Ranking Member, House Transportation Finance & Policy

Sarah Erickson – United Strategies LLC (Moderator)

11:30am          Conference Adjourns

Questions about becoming a vendor or sponsoring the event for future conferences? Contact the host!