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Ohio Conference on Freight:
Keynotes Announced

Driving Change in Global Logistics
September 18 & 19, 2014
Hyatt Regency, Columbus, OH

Conference organizers have announced keynote speakers and workshop topics for the 2014 Ohio Conference on Freight. The two-day program includes five major addresses to the entire group of attendees, a choice of 13 smaller workshop sessions, and option to attend either of two tours.

Registration is now open: https://www.regonline.com/2014OCF. See the conference webpages for details about professional education credits, travel directions, and much more.

Early Bird Rate: $250 (through August 20)
Standard Rate: $300 (August 21 - September 5)

Please note that attendees should make hotel accommodations directly with the Hyatt Regency as early as possible for best rates. The early bird discount rates will expire on or before August 20 depending on hotel availability. Make reservations online or call the Hyatt at 888.421.1442 and mention the Ohio Conference on Freight.

Keynote presentations will address cross-border logistics, federal transportation bill, top industry trends, economic competitiveness, and more.
• John C. Morris, Executive Managing Director, Industrial Services Lead, Americas,   Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.
• Betty Sutton, Administrator, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
• Robert A. Voltmann, President & CEO, Transportation Intermediaries Association
• U.S. Senator Rob Portman (invited)
• Douglas George, Consul General of Canada to Detroit

Presenters and panels at the breakout workshops will represent industry, government, trade associations and more. There will be time for Q and A and networking. Topics include:
• Big Data
• Truck Parking: Technology Enabled Planning
• Inland Waterways
• MPO Successes with Implementing Freight Projects
• Cross-Border Freight Rail
• Myths and Realities of the Panama Canal Expansion
• Inland Ports
• Workforce Issues
• Project Financing

On the first day of the conference, attendees can choose to attend a workshop or take one of two tours.
DSW, Inc., Distribution Center—A 75-minute walking tour of this 625,000 sq. ft. distribution facility. Headquartered in Columbus, DSW is one of the nation’s leading footwear retailers with more than 400 stores nationwide and online. See how this 24-hour per day/5-day per week operation has been optimized to meet ever tighter replenishment and delivery standards.

CSX Intermodal Terminal – The CSX Intermodal Terminals facility in Columbus, Ohio features a bus-based tour reviewing the efficiencies of the recent significant expansion and redesign of this key terminal. The facility is part of the National Gateway Project—a public-private partnership linking deep water East Coast ports with Midwestern markets through the movement of double-stacked intermodal containers on rail cars by raising bridges, increasing tunnel clearances, and building new terminals along existing rail routes. The terminal is equipped with wide-span electric cranes that produce zero on-site emissions. The cranes also recover energy on downward moves and reduce the number of hostlers in the yard, which decreases fuel use and air emissions.

The Ohio Conference on Freight is a project of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments in association with the Ohio Department of Transportation and the National Association of Regional Councils. Additional support is provided by the JobsOhio Network.


CSX Corporation

Government of Canada
Dickinson Wright PLLC
HDR Engineering, Inc.
Norfolk Southern Corporation
Ohio Association of Regional Councils
Ohio Logistics
Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority
University of Toledo Intermodal Transportation Institute
 & University Transportation Center

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