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March 16-19, 2015 - Biloxi, Mississippi

Mississippi Department of Transportation has been agreed to be this year's host, and welcomes everyone to Biloxi, March 16-19, 2015. The conference is open to anyone with an interest in regional/ multimodal freight, such as transportation companies, consultants, academia, logistics personnel, economic development organizations, government officials (federal, state, local, and elected), and metropolitan/regional planning organizations.  A number of tour of the Ingalls Shipyard was also provided (on a first come\first served basis) to allow participants to gain additional insights into the transportation system.

Conference co-host and sponsor logos. Co-host is the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Platinum sponsor is Waggoner. Gold sponsorss are Neel-Schaffer Inc., Huntington Ingalls, and Cambridge Systematics.

This meeting will be held prior to the Critical Commodities Conference.


Monday, March 16

All Events on Monday will be held at the Sheraton Four Points

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The economics of multimodal freight corridors

  • Bruce Lambert, Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Corps of Engineers approach to navigation planning

  • Patrick Donovan, US Army Corps of Engineers

7:00 pm

Welcome Reception sponsored by the Mississippi World Trade Center and Waggoner Engineering with a beer tasting from Crooked Letter Brewery

Tuesday, March 17


  • Assemble for Tour of Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula (Sheraton)

All other events are at the Biloxi Visitors Center


  • Mississippi Freight Advisory Council meeting/luncheon
    Trung Trinh, Mississippi DOT


  • Opening Remarks
    Melinda McGrath, Executive Director, Mississippi DOT
    Vincent Creel, City of Biloxi



Cheryl Ball, Missouri DOT

Wednesday, March 18

8:00 am - 9:30 am

10:00 am

12:00 pm

  • Lunch


1:30 pm

  • Track 1- The Future of Trucking
    Daryl Fields, Mid-America Regional Council, Moderator
    Lee Wagoner, Boyd Brother’s Trucking
    Chris Flanigan, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
    Ed Hutchinson, Florida DOT

3:30 pm

Thursday, March 19 

(Biloxi Visitors Center)

8:00 am - 9:30 am

10:00 am - 12:00pm

  • Using Freight Data to Communicate to Stakeholders
    Elaine G. Wilkinson , Gulf Regional Planning Commission
    Bruce Lambert, ITTS

12:00pm - 2:00 pm

  • ITTS Working luncheon (ITTS Member States - Mary Mahone’s)


All the events on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday will be held at the Biloxi Visitors Center
It’s a nice building overlooking the Gulf and is a casual stroll from the hotel.

Location: 1050 Beach Blvd, Biloxi, Mississippi. At U.S. 90 and Porter Avenue

ITTS would like to thank the following for their assistance:

  • Gulf Regional Planning Commission

  • MS Engineering and Development, LLC

  • Mississippi World Trade Center

  • Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) at The University of Southern Mississippi

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