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Ohio Conference on Freight: September 20 & 21

Registration is now open for the fifth annual Ohio Conference on Freight which will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, September 20 & 21 at the Toledo Hilton and Dana Conference Center. TMACOG hosts the two-day conference with the National Association of Regional Councils(NARC), and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT). This year the partners have adopted the theme: “ An Economy in Motion, Opportunities Ahead.” For details on the 2011 conference arrangements and information about remaining sponsorship opportunities, click here.

The conference was first held in 2007 to break down the separate spheres occupied by each mode of travel and to create a cohesive multimodal industry in the state. With separate regulatory agencies, labor, and environmental and fuel concerns, the railroad, highway, air, water, and pipeline industries needed a forum to focus on their common goals. Now, the conference is vital to an integrated multimodal industry that is committed to growth and development. The Ohio Conference on Freight annually attracts more than 200 people from 14 U.S. states and at least 2 Canadian provinces. Attendees represent all modes of freight travel as well as planners, builders, engineers, economic development professionals, and academic researchers.

2011 workshop and plenary session topics:

  • Highway: federal legislation, trucking issues
  • Rail: as a development tool, innovations, connections to east coast ports, Ohio update, short lines
  • Freight Studies: load limits, state freight studies, pipelines
  • U.S.-Canada Connections: trade, energy corridors
  • Maritime: workforce development, future of ocean shipping
  • Logistics: local freight councils and organizations, third party logistics providers

Optional Tours
(No additional cost.)

  • New equipment at the Port of Toledo has made the port into the most modern on the Great Lakes. A bus-based tour will show the two new mobile harbor cranes at Midwest Terminals, a new conveyor system, and the largest material handler in the world. The Toledo port is the largest landmass seaport on the Great Lakes. The port handles more than 12 million tons of cargo and 700 vessel calls each year.
  • The Walgreens Distribution Center in Perrysburg is a state-of-the-art warehousing and logistics operation. This 90-minute walking tour will demonstrate use of automated guided vehicles, automated storage and retrieval cranes, high speed sorting equipment and pick-to-light technology. Participants should wear closed and comfortable shoes.

The Ohio Conference on Freight is made possible with
the assistance of:

CDM Wilbur Smith Associates
Consulate General of Canada – Detroit
Norfolk Southern
Ohio Association of Regional Councils
Ohio Logistics
Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority
The University of Toledo Intermodal Transportation Institute

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