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Ohio Conference on Freight - Early Registration Rate

The 2016 Ohio Conference on Freight is in August this year, a month earlier than previous years. The early bird registration rate of $250 remains in effect until July 29.

Make your hotel accommodations soon for the best rates at the brand new Hilton Cleveland Downtown. Discounted room rates will expire on or before August 1 depending on hotel availability.

This event has become the largest logistics industry gathering in Ohio and is a must-attend networking opportunity. The goal of this highly regarded forum is to develop freight-related economic activity in Ohio, its surrounding states and the wider bi-national Midwest region. The 2016 theme focuses on supply chain innovation and how it improves access to global markets. See the full agenda here for the latest details.

Ohio Conference on Freight
August 22-24, 2016
Hilton Cleveland Downtown

The keynote presentations in 2016 will feature leaders of business and industry, top government officials, and economic development experts.

Flexible Chains: Expecting the Unexpected
Adapting to unexpected circumstances requires flexibility. Add the need to use multiple modes to reach multiple locations and now you've got complex, dynamic, even volatile systems that have to be made predictable.
Rick Blasgen | President and Chief Executive Officer, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)

Waterways and Economic Development
Ohio is bounded on three sides by water and has key rail connections to coastal ports. Learn more about the central position enjoyed by Midwest and Great Lakes states and provinces and review connections to world markets.
Betty Sutton | Administrator, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC)
Bob Gibbs | U.S. Representative, 7th District, Ohio and member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee

National Freight Policy and the Role of the Private Sector
Chronic underinvestment is already straining the nation’s freight transportation network and freight traffic is projected to grow by 45 percent by 2045. The National Freight Policy Council is engaging the private sector and states to implement the freight provisions of the FAST Act and address how we move goods between trucks, trains, planes, ships, and barges.
Greg Nadeau | Administrator, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation

Measuring Up: Implications of Global Supply Chain Trends at the Regional Level
Transforming big data into strategic intelligence is critical to companies that are focused on optimizing supply chains. Knowing more about trade lanes and commodity flows is also essential for economic developers and those who plan and develop freight infrastructure at the MPO, state, and federal levels. Gain insight into how measuring global supply chain trends can inform local strategies for business and government.
Charles W. (Chuck) Clowdis, Jr. | Managing Director-Transportation; Economics and Country Risk, IHS, Inc.

Breakout Sessions
A dozen concurrent breakouts will offer options in all modes and foster innovative collaborations. Topics include several looks at supply chains: short chains, visible chains, and global chains. Other sessions cover autonomous fleets, workforce and recruiting, and financial forecasts for the industry.

Tours and Reception

Plan to arrive early enough to attend a pre-conference tour of a Giant Eagle Distribution Facility that will take place Monday afternoon.
Monday evening features an informal pre-conference reception and gives attendees a jumpstart on networking.
On Tuesday afternoon, the Port of Cleveland will host a reception and cruise which will review Cleveland Harbor’s port and river system. The tour and cocktail reception with cash bar will be held on the Nautica Queen cruise ship.


Many companies and organizations, including the Ohio Association of Regional Councils and the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority, are providing generous partner support. Learn about all the conference partners here

This conference is a highly collaborative initiative of public and private partners from across Ohio including representatives from the supply chain & logistics industry, and the infrastructure, economic development, and freight transportation sectors. Key organizational support is provided by the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG), the Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA), and JobsOhio, along with the input from several industry experts.

For more information contact Conference Director Christine Connell 419.241.9155
ext. 119.


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