Apply by May 17 for Governor’s Council on Connected and Automated Vehicles

The council will include one city representative appointed by the League of Minnesota Cities.
(Published May 13, 2019)

City officials are encouraged to apply to serve as the League’s appointee to the Governor’s Council on Connected and Automated Vehicles, created by Executive Order 19-18. The order calls for the council membership to include one city official designated by the League of Minnesota Cities.

The Governor’s Advisory Council on Connected and Automated Vehicles was established to study, assess, and prepare for the opportunities and challenges associated with the widespread adoption of connected and automated vehicles (also known as autonomous vehicles) and other intelligent and emerging transportation technologies. Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) Commissioner Margaret Anderson Kelliher will co-chair the council, along with a governor-appointed individual.

The Council meets at least four times per year. There is a conference call option, but members are encouraged to attend in person if possible. Members serve without compensation.

Powers and duties

The Governor’s Council on Connected and Automated Vehicles is responsible for the following duties:

  • Review developments in connected and automated vehicle technology and intelligent and emerging transportation technology.
  • Explore partnership opportunities for the state of Minnesota to remain prepared for the widespread adoption of new technologies.
  • Propose policies to safely test and deploy connected and automated vehicles.
  • Review the December 2018 Governor’s Advisory Council on Connected and Automated Vehicles Executive Report and take actions to implement the recommendations in the report where appropriate.
  • Consult with communities experiencing transportation barriers that are not represented on the Council.
  • Prepare a written annual report to the governor by Feb. 1, 2020, and each year thereafter. The report must include an update on the council’s activities and actions needed to ensure Minnesota is advancing connected and automated vehicles and intelligent transportation and emerging technologies.
  • Advise and support the governor, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Public Safety, and other governmental entities to support the testing and deployment of connected and automated vehicles.

Membership

In addition to the co-chairs, the council consists of 13 members appointed by the governor with relevant experience in the automotive industry, technology, cybersecurity and data privacy, business and finance, transit, higher education, workforce training, insurance, mobility advocacy, freight, labor, public safety, bicycle and pedestrian advocacy, elder care, or tort liability.

The Council also includes the following ex-officio members:

  • Commissioner of Administration.
  • Commissioner of Agriculture.
  • Commissioner of Commerce.
  • Commissioner of Employment and Economic Development.
  • Commissioner of Health.
  • Commissioner of Human Services.
  • Commissioner of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation.
  • Commissioner of Minnesota IT Services.
  • Commissioner of Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.
  • Commissioner of Public Safety.
  • Commissioner of Revenue.
  • Chair of the Metropolitan Council.
  • Executive Director of the Minnesota Council on Disability.
  • One member of the majority party in the Minnesota Senate.
  • One member of the minority party in the Minnesota Senate.
  • One member of the majority party in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
  • One member of the minority party in the Minnesota House of Representatives.
  • One tribal member designated by the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council.
  • One city representative designated by the League of Minnesota Cities.
  • One county representative designated by the Association of Minnesota Counties.

How to apply

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest stating their reason for applying, relevant qualifications, and any other information they deem pertinent for consideration to Ted Bengtson, LMC, at tbengtson@lmc.org by noon on May 17.

For more information about the council, contact Legislative Liaison Erik Rudeen at (651) 366-4823 or erik.rudeen@state.mn.us.

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