For a growing number of people who live, work or attend school in Portland, that old saying “you can’t get there from here” is taking on new meaning.

A burst of development near the waterfront – including new hotels and office buildings – is straining the city’s traffic network.  Some innovators are tackling it head on.

Join us on Jan. 22 to hear from experts in the field.

This event takes place before the library officially opens, so please enter on Elm Street, located across the street from the METRO hub for easy public transportation access. The library’s bicycle racks are right by this entrance as well.

Doors open at 7:15 a.m. Program starts at 7:45 a.m. Street parking is free until 9:00 a.m.

Thank you to Coffee By Design, who will serve a complimentary selection of roasts and teas to attendees.


About the moderator:

Hosted by Business Projects Editor Carol Coultas. Carol Coultas has been practicing journalism in Maine since the mid-‘80s and focusing on business journalism since 2003. She oversaw an award-winning staff as the business editor at the Press Herald from 2014 to 2019. This year, she transitioned to a new role as Business Projects Editor, focusing on events, an intern program and other projects to support quality, Maine business journalism.

About the panelists:

Kristina Egan, Executive Director, Greater Portland Council of Governments

Kristina has served as GPCOG’s executive director since 2016. She previously worked as the director of Transportation for Massachusetts, a statewide coalition that advocates for policies that are innovative, sustainable and environmentally-friendly. Before joining the coalition in 2011, Kristina served as director of the South Coast Rail project for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation. She was the first director of the Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance. Kristina also served as a Freeport Town Councilor for more than four years. Kristina holds a Master’s degree in international economics and international relations from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor’s degree from Wesleyan University.

Chris Chop, AICP, Commuter Choice Program Manager, MaineHealth

Chris has served as Maine Medical Center’s Commuter Choice program manager since July 2018 where he strives to improve alternative commuting options for MaineHealth employees in the Portland region. He sits on the PACTS Transit Committee and MaineDOT’s Public Transit Advisory Committee. Prior to joining Maine Medical Center/MaineHealth, Chris spent six years as a transportation consultant for Michael Baker International, a multidisciplinary engineering and planning firm. Originally from Brunswick, Chris holds a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech and a Bachelor’s degree in international relations from George Washington University.

Greg Day, Director, Waterstone Properties


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