Strong Community, Safe Roads – Concordia Lexington Summit

We were a Lead Programming Partner for Concordia’s inaugural, U.S.-focused, Lexington Summit which took place April 7-8, 2022.

Having taken place in-person* and virtually, the Summit convened a variety of voices to advance civil discourse and understanding between the different socio-economic worlds present in the U.S. Impactful partnerships were created that, not only addressed drivers of division and improved economic empowerment for all, but that also addressed the future of technology, trade, environmental sustainability, and more.

We, along with our members and partners, are reimaging safer cities for all. All citizens?especially those that have historically been marginalized?deserve safe roads. Without them, they can?t access public healthcare, attend school, get to their jobs, or even to public parks to enjoy nature.

*Please note, in-person attendance was reserved exclusively for Concordia Members, Leadership Council, Senior Advisors, Advisors, Speakers, Speaker staff, or special guests.

Together for Safer Roads at Concordia’s 2022 Lexington Summit

Session Name: Strong Community, Safe Roads

Format: 25-minute panel

Date and time: April 8, 2022 from 9:15am-9:35am ET

Theme: Technology and Digital Transformation


  • Noah Budnick, TSR Executive Director
  • Melody Flowers, Executive Director for Strategic Analysis & Policy, University of Kentucky
  • Sherryl Newman, Director, LINK Strategic Partners
  • Sam Stephens, Executive Director, AB InBev Foundation


Of all the components that go into community revitalization, road safety is the centerpiece. Access to daily necessities like food and healthcare is reliant on individuals being able to travel. Investments in road safety and design are increasingly benefiting from innovative data collection and analytic tools.

In our first-of-its-kind near miss study conducted in Bellevue, WA, 360-degree, high-definition traffic cameras revealed important analytics about drivers, such as the fact that 50% of drivers drove 11 or more miles per hour over the speed limit. Data like this allows governments and companies to create safer road policies, and predict future transportation risks.

This session will bring together smart city experts for an illuminating discussion on how cities can utilize near miss studies and data collection to create safer roads, and how public-private partnerships can be constructed at the city and state level across the U.S. to create safer communities.