Freight in the Southeast, 2014


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. 

Program and Agenda (Note- not all speakers used powerpoint or provided permisson to post their slides).

The conference booklet is available for download also.

The conference summary, Working Paper 14, is posted here.

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

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)

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


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, Bealls, 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

8:00 am - 10:00 am Tampa Airport Tour