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February 9-11, 2011 - Charlotte, North Carolina

The report contains a summary on each of the sessions, as well as general information on the conference itself. You can read the Spanish version here.

I am happy to announce that the next ITTS “Freight in the Southeast” Conference will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina, February 9-11, 2011. The Freight in the Southeast Conference is open to anyone interested in looking at issues related to transportation, including planners, local officials, economic developers, and anyone involved in logistics and freight shipments. The conference focuses on a wide variety of topics, including policy, working with the public and private sector, truck operations, as well as a general discussion on the future of the Southeast. The meeting is panel oriented, which should allow for engaged discussions among the panelists and participants.


Wednesday, February 9

Optional Tour of Lowe's Regional Distribution Center in Statesville, NC. A bus (departing the hotel at 8:15 am) and box lunches will be provided, but seating is limited to the 45 people. No photography is allowed.


Box Lunches are provided to all attendees


Opening Session

Opening Remarks and Welcome to North Carolina

Sec. Gene Conti, North Carolina Department of Transportation

Bruce Lambert, Executive Director, Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies


Panel #1 Thoughts on State Freight Planning Activities

Topic Areas: This session discusses the role of freight planning and the challenges associated with analyzing freight activities.


Tom McQueen, Georgia Department of Transportation

George Schoener, Executive Director, I-95 Corridor Coalition

Jason Bittner, Deputy Director, National Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education

Matthew H. Hardy, Program Director for Planning and Policy, American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

Moderator: Jeff Pierce, Mississippi Department of Transportation


Break (open to all conference participants)


Panel #2 Experiences with Creating State Freight or Logistic Advisory Councils

Topic Areas: Experiences with developing and maintaining State Advisory Councils or working with regional economic groups on freight development projects


Dr. Eric Kalivoda, Deputy Secretary, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development

Cliff McKinney, Arkansas Department of Transportation

Larry Goode, Consultant to North Carolina State University, (NC DOT retired)

Robert Romig, State Transportation Development Administrator, Florida Department of Transportation

Moderator: Bob Jilla, Alabama Department of Transportation


Peer Exchange for State DOT employees

(By invitation only)

Marriott City Center

If you are not a State DOT Employee, you are own for dinner. There are some great restaurants within walking distance of the hotel.

Thursday, February 10





Panel #3 Future of Multimodal Freight Corridors

Topic Areas: While the recent elections will change the political landscape in D.C., there are many different topics facing operators, such as funding, and other policy issues that will face transportation operations and planners.


Gene Conti, Secretary, North Carolina Department of Transportation

John Boyd, Associate Editor, Journal of Commerce

John Gray, Senior Vice President, Policy & Economics, American Association of Railroads

Tony Furst, Director, Office Freight Management and Operations, Federal Highway Administration

Moderator: Marsha Fiol, Transportation and Mobility Planning Director, Virginia Department of Transportation



Break (open to all conference participants)


Panel #4 Managing Truck Movements in Multi-State corridors

Topic Areas: Along a corridor, truck operations can be influenced by security, Intelligent Transportation Systems, parking and other related items.


David Cooper - Chief - Threats, Vulnerabilities & Consequences Branch, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Highway & Motor Carrier Division

Skip Yeakel, P.E. - Principal Engineer - Advanced Engineering, Volvo Group North America

David Congdon, President and CEO, Old Dominion Freight Line

Clifton Parker, President and General Manager, G&P Trucking

Moderator: Charlie Diehl, Transportation Consultant to NCDOT




Panel #5 Managing Multimodal Projects within a Corridor

Topic Areas: How do multimodal corridors compare, such as making investments in railroads or waterways? What does the TIGER/ARRA program suggest for future multimodal freight allocations?


Lauren Brand, Director, Office of Marine Highway and Passenger Services, Marad

Scott Greene, Senior Economist, Federal Railroad Administration

Pat Simmons, Director of Rail Division North Carolina Department of Transportation

Greg Pritchett, Executive Director, Henderson County Riverport Authority

Moderator: Doug Frate, South Carolina Department of Transportation


Break (open to all conference participants)


Panel #6 Trends in Urban Freight Development and Delivery

Topic Areas: How do we support local freight movements, either for local delivery or to support large freight activities (ports, terminals). The focus on moving local product must be connected to shippers' needs as well as sound infrastructure planning.


Suzann Rhodes, Senior Project Manager, Wilbur Smith, Principal Investigator, NCFRP-15, Understanding Urban Goods Movements

Michael Kray, Principal Planner, Atlanta Regional Commission

Dan Gross, North American Surface Transportation Network Planning Coordinator, United Parcel Service

Randy Butler, Office of Freight Management and Operations, Federal Highway Administration

Jimmy Yokeley, Director Community Economic Development, North Carolina State Ports Authority

Moderator: Bill Murray, West Virginia Department of Transportation


Reception: NASCAR Hall of Fame (Open to all participants)

Come and relax in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. The reception includes a guided walking tour of the Hall of Fame’s many exhibits. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served, and a cash bar will be available for alcoholic beverages.


Friday, February 11




Panel #7 Military Logistics

Topic Areas: Role of Logistics in Military operations, working with the local community, deployment related support.


Mark D. Needham, Special Assistant to the Governor, Kentucky

Don Parker, Deputy to the Commander, 596th Transportation Brigade, Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, North Carolina

Col. Beth Austin, J4/Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, North Carolina National Guard

Moderator: Lynn Soporowski, Transportation Engineering Branch Manager, Division of Planning, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet




Panel #8 Wrap-up and Closing Remarks

Topic Areas: Discuss where are we going regarding the region, and transportation in general, as it supports the Southern Economy.


Ted Abernathy, Executive Director, Southern Growth Policy Board

Joe Bryan, Vice President, Halcrow

Dale Carroll, Deputy Secretary/COO, North Carolina Department of Commerce

Rick Kaglic, Economist, Research/Regional, The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Charlotte

Danny McComas, President MCO Trucking, Representative NC Assembly

Moderator: Bruce Lambert, Executive Director, Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies


Conference gold sponsors, silver sponsors, and partnering organizations. Gold sponsors are AECOM and Camrbidge Systematics. Silver sponsor is Wilbur Smith Associates. Partnering organizations are SASHTO, AASHTO, I-95 Corridor Coalition, ATRI, the Appalachian Regional Commission, The University of Southern Mississippi, USDOT FHWA, IRPT, Southern Growth Policies Board, Mississippi World Trade Center, TTW, Trucking Industry Technology Mobility & Technology Coalition, and the World Trade Center of New Orleans.
Conference co-hosts. Co-hosts are the North Carolina Department of Transportation and UNC Charlotte.
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