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March 14-16, 2012 - Norfolk, Virginia

This year's conference was held in Norfolk Virginia, March 14-16. The Freight in the Southeast Conference focused a lot of different topics, which are reflected in the agenda below. Thank you for attending, and hopefully, I will see you next year.


Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Tour of APM Terminal

1:00-1:30 pm

Welcome Remarks

Jeff Keever, Senior Deputy Executive Director, External Affairs, Virginia Port Authority

Tony DiFilippo, President & CEO, VisitNorfolk

Bruce Lambert, Executive Director, ITTS

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Panel One - Economics and the Southeast - When Will the Recovery Occur

Moderator:  Thomas Bartkiewicz, LADOTD (presentation)

Jack Wells, Chief Economist, US Department of Transportation (Bio, presentation)

John S. Woodcock, Director of Market Development, TTX Company (bio, presentation)

Ann Battle Macheras, Vice President, Regional Division, Research Department, Federal Reserve Bank, Richmond (bio)

3:00 - 3:30 pm


3:30 - 5:00 pm

Panel Two - The Role of Government and Truck Operations

Moderator: Jeremy Edgeworth, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (bio)

Leo Penne – Program Director, Freight Transportation and Economic Development at AASHTO (bio, presentation)

Wayne Davis – Hauling Permit Program Manager, Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (bio)

Dale Bennett - President & CEO at Virginia Trucking Association (bio, presentation)

6:30 - 8:30 pm

ITTS Business Dinner (by invitation only)

Franklin-Sangria-York Room (2nd Floor)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

7:00 - 8:00 am

Breakfast Buffet Norfolk I-II
Moderator: Bruce Lambert, ITTS
Workshop meeting – Data for Transportation Planning

8:00 -8:20

Remarks: Sean Connaughton – Secretary, Virginia Department of Transportation

8:30- 9:30 am

Panel 3 - The Role of Logistics in the Southeast - Why Does This Matter?

Moderator: Juan Flores, Florida DOT (bio)

Rich Biter, Assistant Secretary, Intermodal Systems Development, Florida Department of Transportation (bio, presentation)

Jeff Heller, Group VP - International Intermodal, Norfolk Southern (bio, presentation)

Jeff Keever, Senior Deputy Executive Director, External Affairs, Virginia Port Authority (bio, presentation)

9:30 - 10:00 am


10:00 - 11:30 am

Panel 4 - Economic Development Issues

Moderator: Marsha Fiol, Virginia DOT

Hon. Patrick O. Gottschalk, Partner, Williams Mullen 

bio presentation
Charles McSwain, Charles McSwain Consulting

bio presentation
Chad Miller, Assistant Professor, University of Southern Mississippi

bio presentation
Ken Wester, ADHS Program Manager, Appalachian Regional Commission

bio presentation
Dennis Wilmsmeyer, Executive Director, American’s Central Port

bio presentation

11:45-1:15 pm

Keynote Speaker: Rodolfo Sabonge, Panama Canal Authority

bio presentation

1:30 - 3:00 pm

Panel 5A - Corridors - What Are They & Can They Work?

Moderator: Tony Kinn, Virginia, Director of OTP3

Rebecca Brewster, President and Chief Operating Officer, American Transportation Research Institute bio Presentation

Ryan Houfek, AVP for Intermodal Sales CSX bio

Barbara Nelson, Principal Planner, Richmond Regional Planning District Commission bio presentation

Paula Dowell, Cambridge Systematics bio presentation

Karen White, Economist, FHWA bio presentation

Panel 5B - Latin America & The Southeast - Growing Markets, Growing Connectivity

Moderator: Tom McQueen, Georgia DOT
Arno Hart, RNO bio

Sonney Jones, Division Director – Transportation, Dal-Tile Corporation bio presentation
Shawn Ricks, US Department of Commerce bio presentation
Ricardo Sanchez, Chief, Infrastructure Services Unit at UNECLAC (CEPAL) bio longer presentation



3:30 - 5:00 pm

Panel 6A - Urban Freight Railroad Operations

Moderator: Robby Burt, Mississippi DOT

Rob Case, Principal Transportation Engineer, Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization bio presentation
Chris Luebbers, Group Manager International Marketing, Norfolk Southern bio
Karen McClure, Federal Railroad Administration bio presentation
Cannon Moss - Norfolk & Portsmouth Beltline bio presentation

Panel 6B - Connecting Markets to Support Export Shipments

Moderator: Doug Frate, South Carolina DOT

Patrick Donovan, Rahill Institute bio

Eric McDonald, Director, Richmond, VA US Export Assistance Center, US Commercial Service, US Commerce Department bio presentation
Gordon Wilmsmeier, Economic Affairs Officer UNECLAC (CEPAL) bio presentation
Juan Villa, Program Manager, Mexican Office, Texas Transportation Institute bio presentation

5:30 - 7:00 pm

Harbor Cruise and Reception


Friday, March 16, 2012

7:00 - 8:00 am

Breakfast Norfolk I-II Workshop meeting – Marine Highways
Moderator: Rich Biter, Florida DOT bio presentation
Lauren Brand, US Maritime Administration bio presentation

8:00 - 9:30 am

Panel 7 - The Legislative Framework - How Do You Link Local, State & Federal Transportation Policy

Moderator:  Dennis Decker, LA DOTD
Geoff Bowman- House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee bio
Virginia Delegate John A. Cosgrove
Robert Barclay, Suffolk Councilman, Ports Law bio

9:30 - 10:00 am


10:00 - 11:30 am

Panel 8 - Where Do We Go From Here?

Moderator: Bob Rock, Tennessee DOT bio

David Tyeryar, Deputy Secretary of Transportation and Chief Financial Officer, Virginia bio
Steven Curtis – Collins Engineering, ASCE Board Member bio presentation
Dwight Farmer, Executive Director, Hampton Roads Planning District Commission bio
Pam Kordenbrock, Tennessee Division Administrator, FHWA bio
Chris Lloyd, Senior Vice President and Director Infrastructure and Economic Development, McQuire Woods

Consulting bio

11:30 am – 12:00

Closing Remarks

David Tyeryar, Deputy Secretary of Transportation and Chief Financial Officer, Virginia


Conference platinum sponsors. Platinum sponsors are the Virginia Office of the Secretary of Transportation, the Louisiana Transportation Research Center, the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the Port of Virginia, the Virginia DMV, the Virginia Department of Transportation, and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation.
Conference silver sponsors and partnering organizaions. Silver sponsors are Cambridge Systematics and Norfolk, VA. Partnering Organizations are the I-95 Corridor Coalition, IRPT, World Trade Center of New Orleans, USDOT FHWA, SASHTO, the Appalachian Regional Commission, AASHTO, ATRI, and YESVA.
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