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January 28-29, 2008
St. Louis, Mo

The First Carmichael Conference
on Transportation

Critical Corridors:
Larry Russell

Delivered at the Carmichael Conference, January 28-29, 2008

First Appearing In NCI’s Destination:Freedom Weekly Newsletter
Vol. 9 No. 10 - March 10, 2008


Summary by NCI:

The following presentation makes the case that America’s infrastructure is crumbling, underfunded, and incapable of supporting the country in its competition with other world economies.

It calls for increased revenues and expenditures, using the model of a “Critical Corridors” approach, to address the growing crisis in infrastructure.


A New Vision - Critical Corridors - Presentation by Larry Russell

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About Larry C. Russell

Vice President Development and National Field Director
American Road & Transportation Builders Association

Larry C. Russell serves as vice president of development and national field director for the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). He is a liaison to the industry’s leading transportation design, construction and finance firms and represents the association at meetings, events, and conferences across the United States.

Russell leads ARTBA’s national field team. He serves as staff liaison to ARTBA’s Railroad and Public Transportation Advisory Council, Grassroots Action Team, Membership Development Committee and Western Leadership Team.

Russell previously served as ARTBA’s national field director and as director of western operations. Immediately prior to joining ARTBA, Larry led the ground operations for the Bush-Cheney 04 presidential campaign in the Cleveland, Ohio area. Before being asked to join BC04 operation, Larry directed the grassroots operations for now Senator John Thune’s (R-S.D.) 2004 successful election where he defeated former Senate Democratic Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.).

During these campaigns he worked daily with the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the political operation at the White House. He managed 15 field offices, a multi-million dollar budget, administered a multi-million-piece direct mail and coordinated phone program, and implemented a statewide voter identification program. In this position, Larry also built coalition relationships with statewide and national organizations like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business.

In January 2004, Larry ran for South Dakota’s congressional seat in a special primary election to fill an unexpired term, finishing second among nine state leaders.

Larry served as manager of business development in 2003 and early 2004 for Cedar American Rail Holdings, Inc. In that position, he was responsible for business development, government and public affairs, and special projects in eight states–South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wyoming, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Illinois and Missouri, serving as the firm’s primary liaison with state transportation departments. He worked closely with the firm’s chief executive officer on development of North America’s largest rail project in a century–a $6 billion expansion into Wyoming’s Powder River Basin.

As a grassroots consultant and lobbyist for the Anheuser-Busch Companies in 2003, Larry directed state and local grassroots campaigns in Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Nevada.

After graduating from a state university in South Dakota in 1995, Larry went to work for then U.S. Congressman John Thune, serving as field and economic development director.

Larry and his wife, Joey, have two daughters. He enjoys golf, tennis, water and snow skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, camping, and pheasant hunting in his free time.

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