WSU offers insights on infrastructure

VANCOUVER – Washington State University Vancouver Chancellor Hal Dengerink and WSU Professor of Economic Sciences Ken Casavant will present, “Transportation: Economic Incentives and Infrastructure in Southwest Washington,” at 7:30 p.m., May 23. The free presentation will be in the WSU Vancouver Administration Building, room 110, and is open to the public.

The presentation, co-sponsored by the Vancouver Business Journal, will consist of two 15 – 20 minute presentations, and then dialogue with the audience.

Dengerink’s talk, “Perspectives on the Interstate Bridge from Many Vantage Points,” will focus on the discussions and research coming from the Columbia River Crossing Task Force, of which he is currently co-chair. He will cover topics including the implications of the bridge choices on the future of Southwest Washington and Oregon, and on residents’ quality of life.

Casavant’s talk, “Moving It All: Supplying Transportation Capacity to Meet Regional Needs,” will focus on the big picture of transportation in the region and the need for solutions to move goods and services on local rails, rivers and roads.

Dengerink has led WSU Vancouver since 1989, providing overall leadership and guiding campus growth. He is active in the Vancouver community, serving on the Board of Trustees of Clark United Providers, the Board of Directors of Columbia River Economic Development Council and the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.

Casavant is in the School of Economic Sciences at Washington State University in Pullman. He is a nationally known transportation economist, and has published more than 100 articles and given more than 300 presentations, including testifying before state legislators, regulatory bodies and U.S. Congress, leading to public debate and understanding by all sectors of the economy of the crisis of freight mobility. He has consulted widely on transportation economics and policy, including for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Department of Transportation, USAID, Canada Grains Council, Interstate Commerce Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.