1st TO 12th OF OCTOBER 2023


4-6thof October, 2023 



Day 1 : Indianapolis, IN 

15:00 :  Delegation meets in the hall of the Residence Inn by Marriott Indianapolis Downtown on the Canal (Address: 350 W New York St, IN 46202, Indianapolis) or Starbucks (Address: 1 S Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204) – tbc

Networking meeting with all participants in USA mission. Short informal presentations. Creation of possible groups (for future consortia) according to companies’ interests.

Possible visit to AMTRAK’s Indianapolis Distribution Center (IDC) – the company’s largest material and supply terminal, part of Cardinal line from New York to Chicago.

Suggestion to get a walk in Downtown Indianapolis or to visit Indiana State Museum with operating hours on Sundays till 17.00 or other venues suggested in the links

19.00 Dinner together in Downtown area at own expenses at Weber Grill Restaurant

Day 2 : Indianapolis, IN 

08.30 – 09.00 Transfer from hotel to location (by yourselves)
09.00 – 10:00 Welcome Reception with Industry Partners and Business Leaders at Regions Tower. Contact person: Colin Renk (Vice President of Client and Partner Services, International Center in Indianapolis).
10:00 – 10:40 Meeting with Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). Opportunities on location and doing business in Indiana. IEDC: Mattew Jaworowski (Manager, Interagency Affairs) or April Fisher (Vice President, Global Markets).
10:40 – 11:20 Meeting with Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce (Indy Chamber)
11:20 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:10 Meeting with Northern Indiana Passenger Rail Association (NIPRA).
Contact person: Mr. Fred Lanahan (President)
12.10 – 12.30 Transfer to the exhibition (15 min by foot)
12:30 Delegation starts the visit to Railway Interchange* and meetings with the target exhibitors and buyers. Opening exhibition hours: from 12:30 – 18:00.

13:30 Group Delegation photo at the Headshot Lounge
13:40 – 18:00 Visits to booths of 3 associations: RSI (Railway Supply Institute), RSSI (Railway System Suppliers Inc.) and AREMA (American Railway Engineering& Maintenance-of-Way Association).
After the visits free time for individual meetings with exhibitors prearranged by yourselves.
Possible meetings with Private Procurers (tbd exact time & location)
– CSX (Class I railroad for freight lines; Indianapolis is a hub for CSX Transportation). Contact person: Adam Hess (CSX Senior Regional Business Development Manager)
– NS (Norfolk Southern)
– Indiana Southern Railroad
– Indiana Rail Road Company
Railway Interchange useful afternoon programme:
15:00 – 17:00 AREMA Meet the Next Generation Networking Reception
16:00 – 18:00 Railway Interchange Joint Reception (sponsored by A&K Railroad Material)
19:00 Dinner together at own expenses or other activity

Day 3 : Indianapolis, IN 

8:00 Delegation meets at Railway Interchange entrance and continues meetings with the target exhibitors and buyers. Opening hours: from 07:30 – 16.30.

Railway Interchange useful morning programme:
7:30 – 9:30 Breakfast in Exhibits (sponsored by Siemens Mobility)
9:30 – 10:00 Coffee Break in Exhibits (sponsored by FreightCar America)
08:00 – 12:00 Free time inside the Exhibition and individual meetings prearranged by yourselves
Possible meetings during the day (tbc):
-Meeting with Indiana Passenger Rail Alliance (IPRA)
-Meeting (or visit) to the Indiana Rail Road Company (INRD) (Class II railroad for freight lines)

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch in Exhibits (sponsored by Willamette Valley) as useful Railway Interchange programme
13:30 – 16:30 Free time inside the Exhibition and individual meetings prearranged by yourselves
16:30 – 17:00 Transfer to the airport
18:59 – 23:46 Flight to Toronto, Canada

Day 9 : Orlando, FL

08:30 – 09:40 Delegation meets at Moma’s Café for breakfast and networking among participants (Address: 9650 Universal Blvd #109, Orlando, FL 32819)
09:40 – 10:00 On foot walk to APTA EXPO location (15 min distance by foot)
10:00 Delegation starts the visit to APTA EXPO*, meetings with target exhibitors. (Opening hours: 10:00 – 17:00)

EXPO Free Learning Zones. Hot Topics Zone 1 – Procurement Summit Zone – (useful APTA EXPO morning programme)
11:00 – 12:45 The Application of Procurement Integrity in Public Transit Agencies
11:00 – 12:00 Meeting with Pittsburgh Regional Transit (PRT) – (time and location tbd, probably he will be met during our dinner in the evening) Contact person: Michael Kunkle (Manager of Railcar Programs)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch time inside exhibition
13:30 -16:00 Meetings with Procurers:
– Regional Rail – (time and location tbd)
– CSX, Procurement Department – (day & location tbc)

Hot Topics Zone 1 – Procurement Summit Zone – (useful APTA EXPO programme)
15:00 – 16:45 Procurement in a Time of Our Rapidly Changing Economy
17:00 – 17:30 Transfer to Downtown Orlando by Uber
18:00 Dinner together at own expenses or other activity

Day 10 : Orlando, FL

09:00 – 10:30 By Uber transfer to MetroPlan Orlando venue for the visit and meeting with MetroPlan Orlando, Broward County and MPOs
10:30 – 11:00 Transfer by foot to next location (5 min distance)
11:00 – 12:30 Visit and meeting with Select Florida (Enterprise Florida) (location tbc)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch at Reyes Mezcaleria mexican restaurant
13:30 – 14:00 Transfer by Uber to next location (25 min from lunch location)
14:00 – 16:00 Visit or Meeting with Sun Rail – (tbc, place & location tbc)
16:00 – 17:30 Transfer by Uber to Downtown Orlando or your hotel
17:30 – 19:00 Free time
19:00 Dinner together at own expenses or other activity

Day 11 : Orlando & Miami,  FL

09:00 – 09:30 Transfer by Uber to the location
09:30 – 11:00 Workshop at Florida APEX Accelerator at UCF – a 90 minutes government contracting overview class
11.00 – 13.30 Free time or other activity

13:30 – 14:00 Transfer by Uber to next location (25 min from APEX Florida)
14:00 – 15:30 Meeting and organized 1,5 h visit tour with Brightline at Brightline Orlando Station (1,5-2h before the train to Miami)
15:50 – 19:15 Transfer to Miami by Brightline (tickets here to be purchased by yourselves)
19:15 Transfer from Brightline station in Miami to your hotel by yourselves
20:00 Free evening in Miami or dinner together

Day 12 : Orlando & Miami,  FL

08:30 – 09:00 Transfer from hotel to location by Uber or bus
09:00 – 10:00 Meeting with South Florida Regional Transportation Authority (Tri-Rail) -(location tbc – requested to meet in Miami downtown, probably the meeting will take place in the afternoon)
10:00 – 10:30 Transfer to next location
10:30 – 12:00 Visit and meeting with Metrorail (Miami-Dade County) (location & time tbc) – Strategic Procurement Department
Miami-Dade Transit (MDT)
Miami Downtown Development Authority (Miami DDA)

12:30 – 13:30 Miami Metrorail and Metromover tour or test ride – tbc
The cost of a trip aboard Metrorail or Metrobus is $2.25 each way, or $5.65 for a 1-Day Pass. Metrorail and Metrobus transfers are now free -> Link
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch (tbd according to the previous location)
14:30 – 16:00 Activity tbd or possible meeting with European American Chamber of Commerce Florida (EACC Florida )
16:00 End of the trip and flight home