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International Conference on Asphalt and Traffic

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The ICAT Vision



Dr. Amir Al-Khafaji
ICAT Conference Founder and Chair

Bradley University


President Kennedy once wrote that “the problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were". For me, the first responsibility of a leader is defining reality and to navigate through the political, social, cultural, and economical landmines that shape our reality today while maintaining his/her core values, dignity, and integrity.  Great leadership is not about speeches and grandiose ideas but about producing results that achieve their vision and help their constituents. We salute Mayor Gary Manier who provided a great example of leadership during and after the storm that hit the City of Washington in November 2013. 


The theme of our conference is A Sustainable Capital Bill for Illinois.  Thus, we have assembled some of the finest minds in Illinois and from across the country to join hands, not as Republicans or Democrats, but as wise men and women who share the passion to create a better business climate for our state and country. We intend to have a candid conversation to push for a sustainable capital bill and to debate the appropriate revenue sources to fund it.

The mission of the Innovations in Construction, Asphalt and Transportation (ICAT) conference is to develop a network of business executives, policymakers, and scholars from around the USA.  The objective is to promote business partnerships, align and leverage new alliances, explore creative funding sources, and address challenges facing the infrastructure industry. The uncertainties presented by the global economy will drive revolutionary business developments and innovation on a greater scale than ever before. We must seize the moment to bring people together to build a better State, a nobler America, and a peaceful world through honest dialogue and goodwill.