Freight and Logistics Symposium

Friday, December 5, 2003 - 11:45am
United States

Implications of Community-Integrated Logistics

Too often, freight-oriented industries find themselves in conflict with communities over a number of questions: How should land be zoned? How much traffic is too much? What types of jobs do we want? Should businesses operate all night? What site designs are acceptable?

The freight and logistics industries need to find new ways to operate and prosper in this shifting environment. Successful cities, metropolitan areas, and states are finding answers to these questions—answers that integrate logistics activities and land uses to keep local economies healthy and viable, while still meeting the desires of residents for a livable community.

This symposium had two main thrusts:

  • The challenges in developing an appreciation for freight and logistics activities in community planning
  • The potential solutions for creating an atmosphere where communities and businesses can integrate transportation into their planning

Participants heard about national and international programs that are now addressing these issues. In addition, a panel of local experts discussed approaches to integrate regional business, transportation, and land use, and what it will take to incorporate some of these best practices from other areas.




  • Robert Johns, Director, Center for Transportation Studies
  • Russell Kinneberg, President, Council of Logistics Management Twin Cities
  • Ronald Lifson, Chair, Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee

Leading Edge Trends and Concepts

  • Mark Berndt, Senior Freight Systems Planner, Wilbur Smith Associates

Freight Logistics in the European Union: The Interaction of Public and Private

  • Thomas Zunder, Advanced Railway Research Centre, University of Sheffield, England

Making Intermodal Logistics Work for Communities: Global Freight Villages

  • Thomas Zunder, Advanced Railway Research Centre, University of Sheffield, England

Identification of Freight Clusters in the Twin Cities and in Minnesota

  • Ferrol Robinson, SRF Consulting Group

Community-Integrated Logistics—Implications for Minnesota Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: Richard Murphy Jr., President, Murphy Warehouse
  • Panelists:
    • Lynn Moratzka, Planning Director, Dakota County
    • Lee Starr, Community Development Director, City of Coon Rapids
    • Lance Neckar, Professor, Department of Landscape Architecture, University of Minnesota
    • Bruce Maus, Principal, Corporate Real Estate

Update on Federal Initiatives and Legislation

  • Leo Penne, Program Director for Intermodal Activities, American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

Wrap-up and Adjourn

  • Robert Johns, Director, Center for Transportation Studies