Timely Agenda for 2009 Ohio Conference
The third annual Ohio Conference on Freight in Toledo September 22 and 23 will examine how the freight transportation and logistics industry can grow in the state even in the face of a worldwide economic downturn, and look at how Ohio contributes to the industry in North America. A lot has changed since last year’s conference. Planning agencies and construction concerns are responding to the federal stimulus program and pushing transportation work forward on all fronts. Private and public entities are responding to state and federal priorities for a more integrated multimodal system with a new impetus for innovation: we are looking at new air and seaport facilities, new shipping routes, and for strategies to improve rail and freight integration.
The 2009 Ohio Conference on Freight will include presentations on federal stimulus funding, supply chain management, marine highway development, national highway corridors, freight industry private/public partnerships, and much more. The two-day program will include three plenary sessions and 18 workshops that will cover all modes of freight transportation: highway, rail, water, and air. The conference is open to the public. Presentations and workshops will be of value to engineers, transportation planners, representatives of business and industry, and construction professionals. The complete agenda and instructions for registering are at www.tmacog.org/OCF_09/OCF_home_09.htm.
The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) is partnering with TMACOG and the National Association of Regional Councils to present the conference. Jolene Molitoris, director of ODOT, says, “I believe there is no greater return on investment than the investment we make in transportation.” She adds, “As we work together to build a multimodal system that lasts, we are strengthening mobility for our businesses and modernizing our aging infrastructure with safer and green options for all.”
The 2009 Ohio Conference on Freight is hosted by the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments in partnership with the National Association of Regional Councils and the Ohio Department of Transportation
Sponsors include: theToledo-Lucas County Port Authority, Eastman and Smith Ltd, PB World, the Port Authority of Cleveland, the University of Toledo Intermodel Transportation Institute, CSX Transportation, CN, The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc.,
the Ohio Association of Regional Councils, and the Toledo Trucking Association.