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High Speed Rail summit coming to Palmdale on Jan. 28

Posted: January 17, 2013 2:31 p.m.
Updated: January 17, 2013 2:31 p.m.

PALMDALE - The 2nd High Speed Train Diversity Summit in the Desert, hosted by Veterans Southwest Industries, the Antelope Valley African American Chamber of Commerce, Minority Business Roundtable and the City of Palmdale will be held on Monday, January 28, from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm at the Chimbole Cultural Center, 38250 Sierra Highway in Palmdale. Admission is free.

The Summit is designed to educate, organize and support businesses and professionals for the opportunities available with the arrival of Xpress West High Speed Rail in Las Vegas, Victorville and Palmdale. Architects, engineers, contractors, sub-contractors, faith based groups, veteran job advocates, small business owners, attorneys, insurance agents, bankers and area chamber members are encouraged to attend.

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Robert E. Land, Director of Brookings Mountain West, Brookings Institute, UNLV.  Honorees include Janice Bryant Howroyd, Founder and CEO of Act-1 Group, Henry T. Wilfong, Jr., MBA, CPA and President of NASDB, Inc., and Kenneth McNeely of AT&T. Other presenters include Rev. Dr. Robert R. Gains, a Vietnam war hero and owner of Veterans Southwest Industries, Roger A. Campos, Esq., President and CEO of the Minority Business RoundTable, and Palmdale Mayor James C. Ledford, Jr.

XpressWest is an exclusive, dual track high-speed train which will be the most advanced and fasted in the United States. With a top operating speed of 150 mph, the service will reduce travel time between Las Vegas and Southern California to 80 minutes at an average cost of $89 for a round trip ticket. XpressWest is the only construction-ready high-speed rail project in the United States as it has completed all of its permitting requirements and has applied for a Railroad Rehabilitation & Improvement financing loan established through the Federal Rail Administration in 1998.

To register, visit  For more information, please contact Stanley Washington at (702) 581-2687 or by email at

For more information on XpressWest, please visit

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