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Report from the 2012 Ohio Conference
on Freight

The 2012 Ohio Conference on Freight was a forward-looking, energetic forum for more than 240 registrants from 14 states and the province of Ontario. The conference attracted attendees from as far as Texas, California, Georgia, and Washington D.C. to the Kalahari Convention Center in Sandusky. The roster included representatives from six port authorities in Ohio and Pennsylvania, and at least five chambers of commerce and eight economic development agencies from Ohio and Michigan.

Keynote speakers made informed predictions about the economy, speculated about labor costs in the different modes, and talked about Ohio’s advantageous location in relation to the changing geography of world trade. On the second day of the conference, keynote speakers explored the link between freight transportation and jobs, changes at the U.S.-Canadian border, and implications of the new federal transportation bill.

In addition to the six keynote plenary sessions, two roundtable discussions and 11 workshops covered all modes and a wide range of issues pertaining to the movement of goods in Ohio and the Great Lakes region. Presentations are posted on the ohiofreight.org site here. In all there were 41 presenters and 13 moderators who contributed their leadership and expertise to create a high-value program.

The Ohio Conference on Freight is a complex undertaking only made possible with the support of many partners. TMACOG, the Ohio Department of Transportation, the National Association of Regional Councils, and all the partners provided the resources to make the sixth annual conference a valuable and successful event:

Canadian National Railway, the Government of Canada, Eastman & Smith, Ltd., HDR Engineering, Inc., Norfolk Southern, the Ohio Association of Regional Councils, Toledo Trucking Association, the University of Toledo Intermodal Transportation Institute and University Transportation Center, and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, plus several exhibition partners.


Bill Harris, vice president of Norfolk Southern, leads a tour of an NS facility that is being expanded in Bellevue, Ohio.
Norfolk Southern engines at the
Bellevue facility.
A full house was on hand for the opening plenary session of the 2012 Ohio Conference on Freight.
Dr. Bruce McCain, Key Private Bank,
was generally optimistic about the
future of freight transportation in Ohio
and its role in the global economy.
TMACOG President Anthony L. Reams and Dr. Bruce McCain, chief investment strategist, Key Private Bank.
Steve Tripp, head of worldwide vehicle transportation for Chrysler, described Chrysler’s worldwide sales and offered
an analysis on how rail industry issues impact exports.
A representative of CN comments on competition in the freight rail business.
TMACOG President Anthony L. Reams thanks Chrysler’s Steve Tripp with a box
of Ohio buckeyes.

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