Report on the Ohio Conference on Freight
The Ohio Conference on Freight continues to grow in size and influence. The 2014 conference, held September 18 and 19 in Columbus, attracted 270 registrants from 16 U.S. states and from Canada and Mexico. Speakers and presenters brought expertise from all modes and included government and business leaders.
Presentations from the 2014 conference will be posted at ohiofreight.org by mid-October.
Speakers Douglas George, Consul General of Canada to Detroit; and Angel Habid Ramírez Ramos, Deputy Trade & Investment Commissioner, ProMéxico, Detroit, spoke about the movement of goods between the U.S., Canada, and Mexico during the 20 years since NAFTA came into force.
|Breakout sessions and workshops encouraged discussion between attendees and presenters.
The Ohio Association of Regional Councils is a founding partner for the Ohio Conference on Freight. Ohio representatives formed a panel to address “MPO Collaboration and Freight Priorities” - a discussion with leaders of rural and metropolitan planning organizations about decision-making and the challenges of collaborating across regional and state borders.
From left: Mark Policinski, Executive Director, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI), Cincinnati; John Getchey, Executive Director, Eastgate Regional Council of Governments, Youngstown; and Steve Poggiali, Executive Director, Erie Regional Planning Commission (ERPC), Sandusky.
The conference schedule allows time for conversation
A tour of the CSX intermodal terminal facility included a
demonstration of wide-span electric cranes that produce
zero on-site emissions.