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Conference on Freight - Keynotes Confirmed

Breaking Boundaries: Building a Future Together

The program for the 2015 Conference on Freight will address freight policy, industry integration, energy and sustainability along with the growing need for cooperation between people who move goods and those responsible for freight infrastructure. See all the details here as the program is finalized. Conference registration is online here or contact Jodi Cole at 419.241.9155 ext. 120.

Early bird registration for the 2015 Conference on Freight ends August 15

Supply Chain and Location Industry Trends
When supply chain is key, what are the top priorities that drive the location decision? How can communities understand which industries to target? JLL specializes in commercial real estate services and investment management. Mr. Lotterer, formerly an executive in the packaging industry, now specializes in supply chain and logistics solutions providing in-depth location analysis for optimal site selection.
David Lotterer, Vice President, Brokerage, Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), Cincinnati, OH

Logistics Industry Trends
Find out how industry integration and changing technology is overcoming challenges and creating better customer relationships. Total Quality Logistics, one of the largest freight brokerage firms in the nation, is headquartered in Cincinnati. Its 2014 sales topped $2 billion and it employs more than 3,300 people nationwide including 1,778 in Ohio.
Kerry Byrne, President, Total Quality Logistics (TQL)

Modal Trends Panel
Industry leaders from rail, air, marine, and trucking modes will offer perspectives on the latest trends. They will discuss key forces impacting their operations – workforce, fuel prices, infrastructure condition, changing demand, etc. – and share strategies that keep them competitive.
Eric Kulisch, Trade and Transporrtation Editor, American Shipper Magazine

Federal Perspectives on Freight Planning and Policy
Explore programs and policies designed to promote the efficient and secure flow of freight within the U.S. and across borders. Learn how the latest analytical tools are helping transportation professionals effectively plan the freight network. Get an update on funding programs and significant upcoming projects.
Crystal Jones, Freight Management Operations, FHWA

Jobs and Transportation: Building Tomorrow’s Infrastructure Today
Economic competitiveness for any community depends upon good infrastructure connections to markets, to suppliers, to ports and to nations. It also depends on launching new technologies and a skilled workforce. Learn about the strategic vision required for states, regions and local communities to compete in the global economy.

• Pre-conference Ohio River Tour Aboard the Historic River Queen
• DHL Americas Hub/TANK third Shift Tour
• Cinci Craft Brewery Tour
• Inland Waterways Workshop
Some tours are open to non-conference attendees; some require extra fee.
Much more information is at www.ohiofreight.org.

Early registration for the 2015 Conference on Freight ends August 15. The conference will be Monday – Wednesday, September 14-16, 2015 at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza in Cincinnati, Ohio. The early bird rate is $250; standard registration from August 15 through September 4 is $300. An early discount for hotel accommodations is also in effect no later than August 14 but may expire sooner. See information about accommodations here.

Earn Professional Development Credit
Professional Engineers (PE) attending the conference are eligible for professional education credits; a full schedule is expected to earn at least 17 credits. As in previous years, organizers anticipate qualifying for continuing maintenance (CM) credit for AICP Certified Planners and re-certification credit for Certified Economic Developers (CEcD).

In 2015 the Ohio Conference on Freight and the Mid-America Freight Coalition joined forces with the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, and the Indiana Department of Transportation along with the Federal Highway Administration to offer a comprehensive forum addressing the freight and logistics industry in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, and the 10-state mid-America freight region (IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MI, MN, MO, OH, WI).

Key organizational support is provided by the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments, and JobsOhio.



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