Freight in the Southeast, 2011


HERE IS THE SUMMARY OF THE CHARLOTTE CONFERENCE. The report contains a summary on each of the sessions, as well as general information on the conference itself. You can read the Spainish 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.

You can download the flyer here.


  • I have posted all the Powerpoints that the speakers did on the agenda. I also put links to the pictures for each panel on my flicker account or here at the ITTS Blog.
  • If you wish to receive Continuing Education Credits from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, you need to return the completed form by March 4th. (This is an excel spreadsheet).
  • If you wish to turn in your conference evaluation, you can fill out the survey online here, or you can download the following pdf and send it back to me.


  1. Sponsoring Organizations

  2. Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities

  3. Hotel Information

  4. Conference Agenda

  5. Registration Information



Sponsoring Organizations


North Carolina DOTUniversity of North Carolina, Charlotte


Gold Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Partnering Organizations

Southern Association of State Highway Transportation OfficalsAASHTOI-95 Corridor CoalitionAmerican Transportation Research Institute



Appalachian Regional Commission Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation at the University of Southern Mississippi


FHWAInland Rivers, Ports and Terminals Southern Growth Policy BoardMississippi World Trade CenterTennessee Tombigbee Waterways Development Authority


Trucking Industry Mobility & Technology CoalitionWorld Trade Center- New Orleans


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Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities

ITTS is looking for Platinum, Gold and Silver Sponsors, and exhibit spaces available to vendors.

If your organization is interested in being a sponsor or an exhibitor, please contact email Bruce Lambert or call 540-455-9882.

All sponsors receive the following: 1. Mention in promotional materials, 2. reserve sitting during lunch, and 3. exhibit space.

In addition:

Platinum sponsors will receive three free admissions

Gold sponsors will receive two free admissions

Silver sponsors will receive one free admission

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Hotel Information

The conference will be held at the Charlotte Marriott City Center, 100 West Trade Street, Charlotte, NC 28202. The phone number is 1-704-333-9000. The Room Rate is $100.00 and you need to ask for the Institute for Trade and Trade and Transportation Studies block (code ittitta). You can also click here to reserve your room online.

The Marriott offers a $12 self park fee for the conference attendees.

The events on Wednesday will be held in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Charlotte, 201 East Trade Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202 USA    Phone:  (704) 547-2244   Fax:  (704) 549-4179

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Conference Agenda


These Panelists have confirmed, but as always, their availability is subject to change. You can read their bios here. (You should be able to right click on the powerpoints below to save the file to your desktop.)

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.


12:00-1:00 Box Lunches are provided to all attendees

1:00 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

1:30 Panel #1 Thoughts on State Freight Planning Activities (Pictures are here)

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


Tom McQueen, Georgia Department of Transportation (Powerpoint and video)

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

3:00 Break (open to all conference participants)

3:30 Panel #2 Experiences with Creating State Freight or Logistic Advisory Councils (Pictures are here)

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

7:00-9:00 Peer Exchange for State DOT employees. (By invitation only.)

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

Marriott City Center


Thursday, February 10


7:00-8:00 Breakfast

8:00 Panel #3 Future of Multimodal Freight Corridors (Pictures are here)

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

9:30- Break (open to all conference participants)

10:00 Panel #4 Managing Truck Movements in Multi-State corridors (Pictures are here)

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

12:00 Lunch


1:30 Panel #5 Managing Multimodal Projects within a Corridor (Pictures are here)

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

3:00 Break (open to all conference participants)

3:30 Panel #6 Trends in Urban Freight Development and Delivery (Pictures are here)

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

6:30 Reception: NASCAR Hall of Fame (Open to all participants) (Pictures are here)

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 hor’dourves will be served, and a cash bar will be available for alcoholic beverages.

Friday, February 11

7:00 - 8:00 Breakfast

8:00-9:30 Panel #7 Military Logistics (Pictures are here)

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

9:30- Break

10:00-12:00 Panel #8 Wrap-up and Closing Remarks (Pictures are here)

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

12:00 Lunch Box lunches will be provided.

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Registration Information


You can register for the conference at This will take you to the University of North Carolina, Charlotte Continuing Education program. Also, you have the option of signing up for the optional tour of the Lowe's Distribution facility.

You will be eligible for 1.5 CEU credits.

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