Program for the Yuma City CAV 101 Morning Workshop, June 12th, 2019



8:30 – 10:00  “The Changing Nature of Transportation: Connected, Autonomous and Electric/Key AV Technologies and Policy and Infrastructure Implications for Municipalities” - Dale Neef, Economics and Technology Writer and Strategic Consultant  


10:00 – 10:15  Coffee Break


10:15 - 10:45  “How the Yuma City Siemens-anyCOMM project can support Autonomous Vehicles” -  Ricky Rinehart, Director of Strategic Initiatives, City of Yuma


10:45 - 11:30 “Understanding the AV Situation in Arizona: The View From ADOT and the Governor's Office.” -  Matt Clark, Director of Government Relations at Arizona's Department of Transportation and former policy advisor on transportation and local governments, office of Arizona governor Doug Ducey


11:30 – 12:30  “Panel Discussion and Q&A” - Facilitated by Dale Neef, panelists include Matt Clark Director of Government Relations at Arizona's Department of Transportation, Ricky Rinehart, Director of Strategic Initiatives, City of Yuma, Jeffrey Kramer, City of Yuma City Engineer, and Paul Ward, Executive Director of the Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization


Speaker Profiles

Matt Clark is the Director of Government Relations at Arizona Department of Transportation and former Transportation and Municipal Government Policy Adviser to Governor Doug Ducey. He works with the Arizona Department of Transportation, and the numerous local, county and state stakeholders who share an interest in the policies that affect Arizona’s transportation and local governments. In addition to transportation and municipal government, Matt also advises the Governor on public pensions and is the Chair of the Self-Driving Oversight Committee. Prior to joining the Governor’s team, Matt spent the three years working as Chief of Staff to Mesa City Council member Kevin Thompson. Matt served as the primary contact between the Council member and members of the public as well as City of Mesa staff. In his role with the city, he monitored the implementation of policy and projects initiated by the Council member and assisted the City’s intergovernmental Relations Office on specific legislative projects. Matt is a graduate of Arizona State University, having received his MBA from the WP Carey School of Business.

Jeffrey A. Kramer has over 33 years of public works experience, mostly in public service. Currently he serves the City of Yuma as its City Engineer, where he leads a department of 28 in creating a safe, sustainable built environment for Yuma’s residents and visitors.

Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona, and is a registered professional engineer.  He also holds multiple professional certifications, including Certified Public Manager, Certified Job Order Contracting Professional, Certified Construction Manager, and Certified Traffic Control Supervisor.  He is widely regarded in the design and construction industry as an expert on project delivery using alternative delivery methods, and in the procurement of design and construction services.

Jeff was named a Public Works Leadership Fellow by the American Public Works Association in 2012, and has been recognized by the American Academy of Certified Public Managers with their highest honor, the Henning Award, as well as their President’s Leadership Award.

Dale Neef is an author and strategic technology consultant who advises organizations and communities on "Smart Cities" and autonomous vehicle infrastructure, municipal broadband, and other digital economy issues. A specialist in transportation and supply chain technologies, Dale has been a technical consultant for the Asian Development Bank, has worked for IBM and Computer Sciences Corporation, and was a fellow at Ernst & Young’s Center for Business Innovation. A veteran facilitator, he has conducted executive planning workshops with corporate and municipal teams in more than sixty organizations worldwide, and has taught at a variety of institutions, including Cornell University, the junior college and New York State prison systems, and at the International School of Management in Paris.

A frequent contributor to journals, and a regular speaker at technology conferences, Dale earned his doctorate from Cambridge University, was a research fellow at Harvard, and has written or edited eight books on the economics of knowledge and data management and the role of technology in economic development and society. He is a member of the American Planning Association and the International City/County Management Association.

Ricky L. Rinehart has over 38 years of Telecommunications experience in both the private and public sectors.  Ricky retired from Time Warner Cable in 2012 as their Southwest Area Manager.  His current position is Director of Strategic Initiatives for the City of Yuma after serving the community from 2012 – 2017 as its Deputy City Administrator.

Ricky’s extensive knowledge in the Telecommunication’s field has led him to be sought out by various entities both in the private and public sectors.  He has helped design, build and operate complex broadband systems across the country.

Ricky served not only at the local level, but at the state and national level as a member and past president of the Arizona/New Mexico Communications Association for over 20 years.  In 2011, Ricky was inducted onto the Pioneer Hall of Fame for his lifetime commitment to the Cable Telecommunications industry.

Paul D. Ward, P.E has been the Executive Director of the Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization, Yuma, Arizona, since October 2016. From March 2007 to October 2016 he spent 10 years doing Transportation Planning and Civil Engineering consulting as the Principal for Award Consulting and Engineering, Buckeye, Arizona, was a Senior Project Manager for W.C. Scoutten, Inc., Goodyear, Arizona, and was a Technical Manager for Olsson Associates, Phoenix, Arizona. From 1994 to 2007 he was the Transportation Programming Manager for the Maricopa Association of Governments, Phoenix, Arizona, was a Civil Engineering Designer with Maricopa County, Department of Transportation (MCDOT), was a Survey Technician with City of Tucson, Transportation Department, and was a General manager for a Southern Arizona General Contractor. He also served 12 years as a British Army Officer (Infantry and Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers). 

Paul holds a Professional Engineer (Civil) License for the State of Arizona, a GradIMechE from the British Institute of Mechanical Engineers, and a Bachelor of Science, Engineering, from Sussex University in England. He is a current member of the ASCE and ITE.