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Publisher's Perspective


“Among all the marvels of modern invention, that with which I am most concerned is, of course, air transportation. Flying is perhaps the most dramatic of recent scientific attainment. In the brief span of thirty-odd years, the world has seen an inventor's dream first materialized by the Wright brothers at Kitty Hawk become an everyday actuality.” — Amelia Earhart


e have seen many changes in transportation in the past couple of centuries. In the middle of the 1800s, dirt roads were being built in parts of our nation and boats were used to travel along canals. In those days, boats were the traditional mode of long-distance travel, but there were no waterways that stretched across our country.

make it easier for people and goods to move between cities, even though the reason behind it is completely different today.

The American railroad system began and in time became the most popular form of land transportation in the United States. This mode of transportation impacted business, allowing people to more easily move goods between cities.

Innovation and collaboration are key components to creating the solutions needed. It’s great to see the efforts being made throughout the community, looking toward the future and seeing these innovations becoming actualities still today.

In the past century we have continued to see technology impact transportation. In the first two decades of the 20th century, the first airship, or dirigible balloon, was successfully launched, the first motor-driven airplane was flown, and diesel engine-driven ships were launched. The assembly line method of automobile manufacturing was developed, which brought the time to build one car from 12 hours to 30 minutes — making vehicles more affordable. This technology ushered in the era of an automobile for everyone. We continue to see the way technology is rapidly changing how we move about from one place to another. Whether it’s for recreational or business purposes, again we’re seeking to

In this issue you’ll read about everything from the expansion of high-speed rail, connecting more cities across the state, to innovation in autonomous and electric vehicles, which is changing the face of public transportation.

To your success,

CEO and Publisher

Favorite quotes from this issue “The pieces are started, but we don’t know what type of technology is going to come in the future, especially in the autonomous vehicle area. A lot of the technology we have today we couldn’t imagine 10 or 15 years ago.”

“We are aware of the trends: autonomous vehicles, advanced robotics, the internet of things … the list goes on. All are disrupters in an economy that is quickly changing how we do business, how we interact and how we travel.”

“We have some innovative things we’ve done here at the city, and it’s through that innovative spirit that we’re looking to move into other areas.”

— Buddy Dyer, Page 19

— Jim Hartmann, Page 25

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