U.S. Secretary of Transportation Appoints Nossaman Partner to Serve on Infrastructure Financing Commission

06.26.2007
Nossaman News Release

LOS ANGELES (June 26, 2007) - Today, Nossaman announced that U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters has appointed partner Geoffrey S. Yarema to the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission (the "Financing Commission"). Mr. Yarema, together with other distinguished industry experts (please see list attached), will serve on the newly formed federal advisory committee Congress created as part of the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users ("SAFETEA-LU"). Meetings of the 15 member Financing Commission are open to the public and the next meeting is scheduled for July 16, 2007.

"The Commission is comprised of a remarkable group of industry leaders with tremendous potential for consensus building and creating real policy solutions," said Geoff Yarema, Chair of Nossaman's Infrastructure Practice. "I am honored to be among their number. We have an important job to do, however. Current resources are demonstrably inadequate to maintain the condition of, and improve mobility on, our existing transportation network. I welcome the comments, suggestions and insights of the public to help us in our mission."

Congress charged the Financing Commission with: analyzing the needs for future capital improvements to the country's highways and transit systems; determining the value of revenue sources currently supporting the Highway Trust Fund; and making recommendations to supplement available funding and meet further national infrastructure needs. Congress has directed the Financing Commission to complete work no later that April 2009 and to forward its policy recommendations to the Secretary of Transportation, the Secretary of the Treasury and the U.S. Congress.

About Nossaman:

Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott LLP is a California-based national law firm specializing in infrastructure, complex business litigation, land use, environmental, real property, water, healthcare, corporate transactions and public policy law. Founded in 1946, Nossaman has more than 130 attorneys and other professionals located in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento and Orange County, as well as in Washington, D.C./Virginia, Austin, Texas and Seattle, Washington.

The firm's 25 lawyer Infrastructure Practice is one of the broadest and deepest of its kind in the country and many of its members are called upon to advise Congress, governors, legislators, state transportation commissions, municipal planning organizations and regional transportation agencies on permitting, contracting, procuring and financing the most important infrastructure projects in the country.

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Industry Contact: Geoffrey S. Yarema, (213) 612-7800


 

National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission Members

Full Name:

Dr. Robert D. Atkinson, Ph.D.

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President

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Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Full Name:

Mr. Don Carmody

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President

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Henry County Bank

Full Name:

Mr. Jeffrey Crowe

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Chairman

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Landstar System, Inc.

Full Name:

Mr. Mark Florian

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Managing Director

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Goldman Sachs

Full Name:

Mr. Bryan Grote

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Principal

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Mercator Advisors, LLC

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The Honorable Bill Kennedy

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Yellowstone County Commissioner

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Full Name:

The Honorable Mike Krusee

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R-District 52

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Texas House of Representatives

Full Name:

Mr. Craig Lentzsch

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Chairman and CEO

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Coach USA

Full Name:

Mr. Dana Levenson

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Managing Director

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Royal Bank of Scotland

Full Name:

Dr. Adrian Moore, Ph.D.

Job Title:

Vice President of Research

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Reason Foundation

Full Name:

Ms. Kathy Ruffalo-Farnsworth

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Ruffalo & Associates

Full Name:

Mr. Elliott G. Sander ("Lee")

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Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

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New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority

Full Name:

Mr. Zack Scrivner

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Councilman

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City of Bakersfield

Full Name:

Mr. Martin Shultz

Job Title:

Vice President of Government Affairs

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Pinnacle West Corporation

Full Name:

Mr. Geoffrey Yarema

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Partner

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Nossaman Guthner Knox & Elliott LLP

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