13th Annual Freight and Logistics Symposium

Friday, December 4, 2009 - 10:45am
United States

Views of the System After Economic Recovery

Severe economic recessions don't happen often. When the recovery begins in earnest, the business landscape could look quite different. The core challenges for the freight transportation, logistics, and manufacturing industries will come blazing back. These challenges include modal capacity, energy, the environment, and sourcing strategies and all need to be addressed to manage the transportation-related aspects of economic recovery. At this year's symposium, representatives from the business community, academia, and the public sector will discuss trends and what to expect when business picks up again as well as the infrastructure, policy, and practice changes needed with economic recovery. Two panel presentations will focus on a big-picture perspective as well as implications for Minnesota, a look at the possible post-recovery freight system, the role of the public, lessons learned from other successful inland ports, and how federal policy and funding could affect the freight system once the economy begins to recover.


Download the proceedings of the 2009 Freight and Logistics Symposium (230 KB PDF)



Perspectives on Trends and Scenarios for the Future

  • Moderator: Fred Corrigan, Executive Director, Aggregate and Ready Mix Association of Minnesota

Supply Chain Logistics – Post Recovery Landscape

Six Trends That Define Gravity

Changes Needed: Infrastructure, Policy, and Practice

  • Moderator: Dave Christianson, Minnesota Department of Transportation

Challenges to the Practice

Multimodal Strategies: Lessons for Minnesota

  • Robert W. Portiss, Port Director, Tulsa Port of Catoosa - Video (Flash, 13:35)

Freight System Impacts of the Federal Authorization Bill

Wrap-up and Adjourn

  • Laurie McGinnis, Acting Director, Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota


Center for Transportation Studies, University of Minnesota, in cooperation with: