Former Clinton administration Cabinet member Federico Pena to speak in Vail |

Former Clinton administration Cabinet member Federico Pena to speak in Vail

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As former U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Federico Pena oversaw 110,000 employees and a budget of $36 billion. Pena will discuss energy policy and how that interacts with creating and funding major infrastructure projects at a Vail Symposium event today.
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What: “Speaking Financially: The Economics of Transportation and Energy Policy,” a fireside chat with Federico Pena and Richard Bard

When: Thursday, Feb. 11; 5:30 p.m. reception and 6 p.m. program

Where: Sonnenalp Hotel, 20 Vail Road, Vail.

Cost: $25 preregistration online before 2 p.m. on the event day, $35 at the door or $10 for students and teachers.

More information: Register at or by calling 970-476-0954.

VAIL — The Vail Symposium will present Speaking Financially: The Economics of Transportation and Energy Policy, with guest speaker Federico Pena, today at the Sonnenalp Hotel in Vail.

Pena, U.S. secretary of transportation from 1993 to 1997 and U.S. secretary of energy from 1997 to 1998 under the presidency of Bill Clinton, will discuss the challenges of producing major infrastructure projects and energy policy. He will speak in conversation with Richard Bard, the president of Bard Capital Group and is the former president and chief executive officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City.

Drawing upon his years in the Cabinet Pena’s fireside-style chat with Bard will explore the intricacies of creating transportation resources, such major roadways, aviation and energy management.

“Programs like this are the essence of the Vail Symposium — truly a great opportunity for our community and its visitors to come out, learn and question an expert on a very important topic,” said Julie Norberg, executive director of the Vail Symposium. “It is going to be a great program.”

At 5:30 p.m., the program begins with a brief reception before the talk, which begins at 6 p.m. The program is presented in partnership with Alpine Bank and the Sonnenalp Hotel.

While serving in the Clinton administration as secretary of energy, Pena developed the administration’s Comprehensive National Energy Strategy, as well as the administration’s strategy for oil and gas development in the Caspian Sea region.

As secretary of transportation, Pena oversaw 110,000 employees and a budget of $36 billion. He also negotiated aviation agreements amongst 41 nations and implemented the first international aviation policy for the United States since the Carter administration.

Prior to his duties under the Clinton administration, Pena served as the mayor of Denver and in the Colorado House of Representatives from 1979 to 1983, during which time he led the effort to build Denver International Airport. He also led initiatives to revitalize Denver’s economy with a new convention center, the Cherry Creek Shopping Center. He is also credited for recruiting the Colorado Rockies baseball team to Denver.

Visit or call 970-476-0954 to reserve your tickets.