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March 3-6, 2014 - Tampa, Florida

The Freight in the Southeast Meeting was held in Tampa Florida, March 3-6, 2014. This annual meeting focuses on how changing freight operations are shaping the region's transportation system. The conference is open to anyone with an interest in regional freight corridors, multimodal freight development, and transportation-related economic development. This includes transportation companies, consultants, academia, logistics personnel, economic development organizations, government officials (federal, state, local, and elected), and metropolitan/regional planning organizations.  A number of tours (Publix, CSX, Tampa Port Authority and the Tampa Airport) are also provided to allow participants to gain additional insights into the transportation system. 


Monday, March 3

8:30 am - 5:00 pm

National Highway Institute Course - “Fundamentals of Freight Data”
Joe Bryan, Parsons & Brinkerhoff
Paul Bingham, CDM Smith

6:00 pm

Stakeholder Roundtable Dinner
Opening Speaker: Doug Callaway, Florida Department of Transportation
Keynote Speaker: Alice Ancona, Global Outreach: Florida Chamber of Commerce, Director of Global Outreach

Discussant: Matt Johns, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development


Tuesday, March 4

Tour of Publix Distribution Centers and Winterhaven Intermodal Rail Terminal

1:00 pm

Opening Session

Rich Biter, Florida Department of Transportation

Bruce Lambert, ITTS, Executive Director

1:30 pm

The State of the Economy

Moderator: Marsha Fiol, VDOT


Tony Carvajal, Florida Chamber of Commerce, Executive Vice President

Chris Oakley, Jacksonville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Vice President and Regional Executive

Ken Roberts, World Cities, President/CEO

4:00 pm

Foreign Trade Zones, Foreign Direct Investments, Site Selection and Industrial Properties

Moderator: Casey Wells, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet


Jorge Suarez, Miami Free Zone, Leasing and Marketing Manager

Bob Ledoux, Florida East Coast Railway, Senior Vice President

Mark Bontrager, Space Florida, Vice President

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Peer Exchange for State DOT Employees 

(by invitation only)

Wednesday, March 5

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Update on Federal Transportation Policy

Moderator: Rich Biter, FDOT, Assistant Secretary, Intermodal Systems Development


Keynote: Greg Nadeau, FHWA, Deputy Administrator

State Perspective: Matthew Ubben, Floridians for Better Transportation

9:15 am - 10:00 am

Role of Public Private Partnerships in Freight and Logistics

Moderator: Trung Trinh, Mississippi Department of Transportation


Donna F. Davis, Co-Director, Center for Supply Chain Management &

Sustainability, University of South Florida

Lee A. Weintraub, Becker and Poliakoff

10:30 am

Performance Metrics and Managing Transportation Systems

Moderator: Jessie Jones, Arkansas State Highway and Transportation


George F. Isiminger, P.E., Port Manatee

Joe Bryan, Parsons & Brinkerhoff

Pat Thomas, UPS, VP Public Affairs and American Trucking Association, Second Vice Chairman

12:00 pm


Speaker: Stu Rogel, Tampa Bay Partnership, President & CEO

1:30 pm

Track 1- The Autonomous Supply Chain

Moderator: Tom McQueen, Georgia Department of Transportation


Josh Switkes, Peloton Technology, Inc., Founder & CEO

Kristine Williams, University of South Florida CUTR, Director of Planning and Corridor Management Research

Track 2- Ports and International Trade

Moderator: Matt Johns, Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development


Bill Johnson, Port of Miami, Port Director

Rich Higgins, Transportation, Beall’s, Divisional Vice President

Dr. Fran Bohnsack, Marad, Director South Atlantic Gateway

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Reception and Waterside Tour of Port Tampa Bay

Thursday, March 6

8:00 am - 10:00 am

Tampa Airport Tour

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