Transport and Infrastructure Improvement- Mike Heilegeinstein

The Williamson County Growth Summit had a unique opportunity with a panel of discussion to talk about the transportation challenges affecting the Austin area. Most of the discussion held before only spoke of the City and not the transport challenges.

The panel of debate comprised of top leaders and transportation experts including Joseph Kosper who is the founder of RideScout LLC, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority Executive Mike Heilegenstein, Leandre Johns who is the Texas External Affairs Director, and Jared Ficklin who is an Agro Design. Jared is a transport designer who has designed an aerial gondola system in Central Texas.

The Conference was held at Georgetown Texas Hotel & Conference Center focusing on the effects of technology on the transport and infrastructure not on in Texas but across the world.

During the discussion, Mike who is the Director of Transportation in Texas talk about how technologies such as driverless vehicles and ridesharing apps can positively affect the transport sector, but even though the Austin area still needs to expand its transportation capacity.

Mike further said that the expansion of roads is the only way the Williamson County can benefit and serve its growing population which is concentrated in the Suburbs. Mike Heilegenstein also congratulated the Williamson County for their efforts of expanding the roads.

Alan McGraw who is the Round Rock Mayor was also present, and during the discussions, he asked a question to Jared on the role of policymakers in the preparation of the expansion of infrastructure and transport in the future.

Jared answered by saying the construction and the use of land codes need to be emphasized and should also remain constant. He further said even in the era of autonomous vehicles the features will be of great need including the parking garages and roads.

According to Crunchbase, Mike Heilegeinstein is the Executive Director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility, Austin, Texas. The independent group was established in 2002 with a primary purpose of constructing a region Transportation Network in Central Texas.

Mike has been the head of the Regional Mobility institution since its foundation and has supervised their first project, 183A in Williamson County. Mike has a vast experience and skills in the transport and infrastructure industry. Before joining Texas Mobility Authority, Mike was the President of the International Bridge Tunnel and Turnpike Association.

His experience has also given him opportunities to serve in various institutions in the transport sector including serving on the Advisory Board of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute. For more than 23 years he was committed to serve Williamson County people and represent them as a public officer.

Learn more about Mike Heiligenstein: https://communityimpact.com/topics/mike-heiligenstein/

Philanthropy Initiatives Of Tony Petrello To Discover Treatments For Neurological Diseases

Philanthropist and executive leader, Tony Petrello has devoted his life to financially support the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI). He became a devoted supporter after his daughter Carena was diagnosed with PVL (periventricular leukomalacia) after her birth.

Anthony Petrello and his wife Cynthia have donated millions of dollars to Texas Children’s Hospital in hope of finding effective treatments. Texas Children’s Hospital is the only medical institution in the United States to focus on research studying the brain of children. The most recent charitable giving the Petrello family pledged was to NRI, a research institute affiliated with Texas Children’s.

Tony Petrello and the family pledged $7 million to the Jan and Dan Duncan NRI, donating $5 million in cash at the time. He and Cynthia Petrello relied on the medical services of Texas Children’s Hospital to care for Carena who also has developmental problems. The Neurological Research Institute opened in 2010, making it the seventh year studying pathogenesis of neurological disease in children and developing treatments. In 2007, the Petrello and Duncan families donated $50 million, collectively, to work on the formation and opening of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute.

Tony Petrello presently is a member of the Board of Trustees at Texas Children’s Hospital, and serves as Director. NRI is the first research center to open in the U.S. devoted to discovering treatments for childhood neurological diseases. Mr. Petrello serves as Chief Executive Officer and President of Nabors Industries Ltd, an American oil and gas fleet rigs and drilling company. He also serves as Chairman on the Board of Directors and oversees the company’s overall operations. His expertise in the oil and gas industry includes operational functions, executive leadership, and strategic planning.