AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine industry officials and policymakers are meeting in Augusta to discuss transportation issues ranging from technology to funding. The Maine Transportation Conference is being held at the Civic Center on Thursday. The 63rd annual event is being hosted by the Maine Better Transportation Association and the Maine Section of the American Society of Engineers. The conference will begin with remarks from Gov. Paul LePage. The keynote speaker, Cynthia Burbank of Parsons Brinckerhoff, will take on a “Darwinian View of Transportation,” or how and why the transportation industry needs to evolve. Other speakers include Hon. James Simpson, commissioner of New Jersey’s Department of Transportation. Another topic that will be covered at the conference will be building safe and sustainable infrastructure for severe weather events.