Chester County Chamber Hosts Secretary of Transportation Yassmin Gramian

Yassmin Gramian, Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of TransportationL-R: Juni Alam of Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc., Gary Graham, Regional Chief Engineer of McMahon Associates, Inc., Laura Manion, President of Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry, Yassmin Gramian, Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Pamela McCormick, Director of Legislative and Community Affairs of Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, and Timothy Phelps, Executive Director of Transportation Management Association of Chester County. (Photo by Marguerite DeGrassa)

MALVERN, PA — The Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry’s Government Affairs Committee hosted their monthly meeting on November 28, 2022, at the Desmond Hotel Malvern with Secretary of Transportation Yassmin Gramian. The meeting included a panel discussion on transportation in Chester County and across from Commonwealth with Secretary Gramian and other industry experts.

“Today’s panel is timely, as it’s been a year since the passage of the historic bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) bill in Congress. Both the private and public sectors agree that America’s infrastructure must be upgraded to support today’s needs, and they must work together to achieve their common goals. The theme of our panelists’ comments was that investments in our infrastructure help grow the economy, generate revenue for businesses, create jobs, and ensure a better quality of life for our residents. Now is the time to invest for our future. It’s an honor to have Secretary Gramian with us today to discuss these topics” said Laura Manion, President of Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry.

Panelists included Yassmin Gramian, Secretary of Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, Gary Graham, Regional Chief Engineer of McMahon Associates, Inc., Pamela McCormick, Director of Legislative and Community Affairs of Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority, and Timothy Phelps, Executive Director of Transportation Management Association of Chester County.

Topics of discussion ranged from current projects being completed in Chester County and across the Commonwealth to projects continuing to work through processes of funding and policy, as well as the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, electric vehicles and infrastructure grid demands. Pam McCormick, SEPTA, also provided updates regarding investments in safety and continued support for employers and employees commuting. Tim Phelps of TMACC informed attendees on micro transit studies being performed in Chester County by TMACC as they attempt to bridge the transportation gap with local needs.

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“Transportation needs to work for everyone, no matter who they are, no matter where they live, no matter how they travel,” said PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian. “We can only get there through strong community partnerships and collaboration with local businesses and organizations. I’m grateful to the Chamber for helping facilitate this important conversation.”

Juni Alam of Herbert, Rowland & Grubic, Inc. moderated the event. The event was sponsored by Pennsylvania American Water and Independence Blue Cross.

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