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Talking Freight Seminars


Attention AICP Members

Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Office of Freight Management and Operations and the Office of Planning host the "Talking Freight" seminars. The seminars are part of a broader Freight Professional Development Program aimed at providing technical assistance, training, tools, and information to help the freight and planning workforce meet the transportation challenges of tomorrow. Seminars are held via web conference on a monthly basis throughout the year and are open at no cost to all interested parties in both the public and private sectors. There is no special equipment required to participate, all that is needed is a computer with Internet connectivity to view the presentations and audio can either be heard over the computer or phone.

Register for Upcoming Seminars

To register for a seminar, select the seminar topic in the table below. You will be taken to a registration form on the National Highway Institute Web site. You must register individually for each seminar in which you are interested. When registering you will be asked to enter your name, organization, phone number, and email address. This information will only be used to keep track of seminar participation and will not be shared with others. Please make sure you enter your email address correctly, as you will be sent login information via email. If you register for a seminar and later find out you can no longer attend, please inform Nicole Coene (Leidos) via e-mail at

Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits. In order to receive credit, you must attend the full seminar and login to the seminar with your full name or type your full name into the chat area during the seminar if you are in a room with a group of people. Visit the AICP Web site for more information about AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.

Upcoming Seminars
Date & Time Topic Description of Topic Speakers, Affiliations and Topics
November 18, 2015
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
International Urban Freight Conference Presentation – Warehouse Locations and Community Impacts Warehousing and distribution facilities serve a wide variety of industries and can be located in a wide variety of locations. However, warehouse design and transportation network needs can be quite different depending on where they are built and how large a geographic area they serve. In at least some regions around the U.S. and the world, an increasing number of warehouses and distribution centers are built in suburban areas rather than more built up city locations to allow them to serve entire metropolitan areas or even multiple metropolitan areas. Additionally, warehouses and distribution facilities can create community impacts where they are located. In some cases, these impacts may disproportionately impact environmental justice (EJ) communities, both in positive way by providing easier access to jobs and in a negative way by exposing EJ communities to greater air pollution, noise, freight-related congestion and other undesirable environmental and transportation conditions.

One of the leading centers for urban freight transportation research, the METRANS Transportation Center in southern California, sponsors an every-other year international conference focused on presenting research in the urban freight transportation field. This webinar will include three presentations given at the 2015 International Urban Freight (I-NUF) Conference. The three presentations will focus on warehouse and distribution center location patterns, both in urban vs. suburban terms and relative to environmental justice community location terms.
The Dualism of Urban Freight Distribution: City vs. Suburban Logistics
This presentation will discuss the different warehouse and distribution center needs for city or urban-based facilities compared to suburban-based facilities.
  • Sönke Behrends, Chalmers University of Technology
  • Jean-Paul Rodrigue, Hofstra University
Unraveling Decentralization of Warehousing and Distribution Centers
This presentation will examine whether the perceived decentralization of warehousing and distribution center facilities is in fact occurring by studying warehouse location patterns in four large metropolitan areas.
  • Sanggyun Kang, University of Southern California

Location of Warehouses and Environmental Justice
This presentation will discuss the spatial pattern of warehouse and distribution center facilities relative to various socioeconomic and environmental justice populations in the greater Los Angeles area.
  • Quan "Jack" Yuan, University of Southern California

Past Seminars

All Talking Freight seminars are recorded and are available for viewing online after the seminar has passed. An archive of presentations, recordings, podcasts, and transcripts from all past Talking Freight Seminars is available at

Freight Planning LISTSERV

Information about the Talking Freight Seminar Series, including upcoming topics and registration availability, is distributed through the Freight Planning LISTSERV. The LISTSERV also provides a venue for exchanging information about freight planning among public and private sector professionals. There are over 800 subscribers, comprised of transportation professionals from State DOTs, MPOs, professional associations, businesses, the academic community, and others.

Staff Contact

Chip Millard

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