The Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies (ITTS) originated from the Southeastern Transportation Alliance, which was formed in 1996 for the purpose of undertaking the Latin America Trade and Transportation Study (LATTS).
The premise of the Latin America Trade and Transportation Study conducted from 1997-2001 was the recognition that Latin America is poised for growth. Therefore, the purpose of LATTS Phase 1 was to identify trade opportunities with Latin America, evaluate infrastructure investments needed to support growth in international trade, and develop strategies to guide infrastructure investments. The overall goal is to help the Southeastern Transportation Alliance states develop their competitive advantages to maximize production and wealth at home while, at the same time, broadening their global market opportunities. Members of the Southeastern Transportation Alliance included Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and the FHWA (with additional funding from US MARAD). Phase 2 of the Study commenced in 2001 to analyze critical transportation needs. In addition to the original Alliance members, the States of Missouri and Oklahoma participated in LATTS Phase 2.
Member States decided to form an independent entity entitled the Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies to continue regional collaboration after the Study was completed.
Additional information on the ITTS may be found below: