For the past ten years, Greenville has experienced unprecedented growth. Comparatively, Greenville’s public transportation system has not kept a similar pace to meet the challenges that accompany this growth. Local restaurants, hotels, and other business rely on local talent to fulfill its human resource needs; yet many talented individuals, due to transportation issues, are not able to participate in the local economy.
Gary Shepard, Director of Greenlink, will share background on these challenges and will outline the vision of public transportation in Greenville. Greenlink wants to meet the challenges, but resources are limited at the county and state level and are further diminishing at the federal level. Greenlink has the vision to support growth. However, community input is critical to engage our leadership for financial support at the county and state level. If you are a transportation advocate, we need you! Your ideas can ensure that Greenville continues to be prosperous and provides transportation for linking where you live to where you work and play, which will decrease traffic congestion and continue to attract new businesses.
Please join us with other transportation advocates for an engaging evening of ideas at the Community Tap on Tuesday, February 13th at 6:00 pm
Ticket includes pizza and craft beer.
About our Speaker
Gary Shepard joined Greenlink as the director of public transportation in November 2016. He brings extensive experience in economic development and public transportation to the position, including serving as the economic development coordinator for the governor of Massachusetts for eight years and as the director of economic development for Springfield, Massachusetts, the state’s third-largest city. He has also been the administrator and CEO of two regional transit authorities in Massachusetts.
Gary has served on numerous civic boards throughout his career and has worked with a nonprofit that assists homeless veterans and develops permanent housing opportunities. He received a bachelor’s degree in government from Western New England University and a master’s degree in business administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York.