Opening Address: Mike Heiligenstein

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Mike Heiligenstein has a distinguished career in the development of infrastructure in Central Texas, and currently leads the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority. The Mobility Authority is an independent government agency created in 2002 to design a modern, regional transportation network for Central Texas, and became operational in 2003 when Mike was chosen by the Board to lead the agency.

Mike began his career in developing infrastructure in 1980 upon his election to the Round Rock City Council where he chaired the Water Development Commission of the Council as Mayor Pro-Tem. Since then, he has an uninterrupted 38-year career of Policy/Executive-level infrastructure development in various types of utilities and transportation. Mike has represented the citizens of the fast-growing Central Texas area by serving as an elected official for 23 years and helping lead efforts to expand water, wastewater and transportation infrastructure. While an elected official Mike served on the Austin Public Transit Taskforce that led to the creation of the Capital Metropolitan Transit Authority. He also served on the regional Metropolitan Planning Organization for 8 years; vice-chaired the Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council, chaired the Clean Air Force of Texas, and helped lead many other community infrastructure initiatives. Upon becoming the Executive Director of the Mobility Authority, the agency had no roadways under construction and no revenue. Currently, the agency has four roadway facilities open to traffic, which have reduced travel times for both tolled and non-tolled travel. Moving forward, the agency anticipates developing nearly $4.0 billion in transportation improvements.

Mike was selected by his national peers to be the President of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association and is a member of the Advisory Council of the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, as well as several other committees and working groups dealing with transportation issues. He is also currently serving on the Texas Department of Transportation’s Texas Technology Task Force.

Mike is called upon both nationally and in Texas to speak to groups about infrastructure, particularly transportation, and is known for his commitment to comprehensive approaches to problem solving.

Mike is a graduate of the University of Texas and holds Masters Degrees in both Government and Business Administration.


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