16th Annual Freight & Logistics Symposium The New American Energy Revolution

Friday, December 7, 2012 - 9:45am
United States

About the Event

Energy sources, supplies, and needs are changing our world at breakneck speed. In the Upper Midwest, for instance, fracking, ethanol, and wind turbines have moved in practically overnight, bringing with them big money, heavy equipment, and seismic shifts to the social and economic landscape as well as the roads. Ready or not, the new American energy revolution has begun.

At this year’s symposium, representatives from the business community, academia, and the public sector considered major trends and the effect of our changing energy supply on freight and logistics providers. Robert Henry, vice president of operations for Dakota Plains Holdings, Inc., gave the keynote presentation on the re-revolution of crude by rail—a key segment of rail movements from the 1860s to 1940s that is currently experiencing a resurgence.

In addition, a panel discussion, featuring transportation representatives from the public sector and academia, discussed the implications of new energy resources on freight transportation in the Upper Midwest. Another session featured presentations about impacts and innovations of energy resources to the private sector of the freight and logistics community.



Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Transportation Bill Update

  • Bill Gardner, Director, Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicles, MnDOT

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Re-Revolution of Crude by Rail

  • Robert Henry, Vice President of Operations, Dakota Plains Holdings, Inc.

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Implications of New Energy Resources on Freight Transport in the Upper Midwest

  • Moderator: Mark Berndt, Associate, CDM Smith
  • Maria Hart, Researcher, Center for Freight and Infrastructure Research and Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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  • Ron Johnson, Trade Development Director, Duluth Seaway Port Authority

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  • Jack Olson, Assistant Director, Planning and Asset Management Division, North Dakota Department of Transportation

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Impacts and Innovations of Energy Resources to the Private Sector

  • Moderator: Dan Murray, Vice President of Research, American Transportation Research Institute
  • Richard Stewart, Director, Transportation and Logistics Research Center and Professor, Business and Economics Department, University of Wisconsin, Superior
  • Judy Ohannesian, Director of Fulfillment and Sustainability, Deluxe Corporation
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  • Joel Hirschboeck, Superintendent of Transportation Operations, Kwik Trip, Inc.
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  • Don Horning, Vice President, Sales, Clean Energy
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The symposium is sponsored by the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota, in cooperation with: