Manufacturer's Perspectives on the Transportation System: A Pilot Study in MnDOT District 8

Thursday, October 10, 2013 -
2:15pm to 3:15pm

About the Event

This presentation will share the results of a project that employed a qualitative approach—primarily in-person interviews—to better understand the transportation challenges and priorities faced by manufacturers and related industries in MnDOT District 8 and to identify and recommend potential responses to these needs from MnDOT. In cooperation with U of M Extension, MnDOT staff, and local Economic Development Officials, the research team identified and interviewed more than 70 manufacturers and carriers in the district.

Presented in conjunction with the Transportation and the Economy Council meeting, which will begin at 2 p.m.

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Frank Douma is a research fellow at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. He manages research projects related to several areas of transportation policy, including telecommunications and urban corridor development. He has broad experience in the legal aspects of transportation policy and in policymaking for multimodal urban and rural transportation systems. 

Donna Koren is the market research director at the Minnesota Department of Transportation and is the MnDOT project manager for the Manufacturers' Perspectives project. She directs efforts to bring customer information, including their opinions and preferences, into MnDOT planning and operations.

Lee Munnich is the director of the State and Local Policy Program at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. His work focuses on transportation policy and finance, congestion pricing, rural road safety, regional economic development, and industry clusters. He also has more than 23 years of experience with state and local governments.