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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
May 18, 2016
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Freight Coalitions In recent years more and more state DOTs, MPOs, and other government agencies have either started or increased their freight transportation planning initiatives. As these freight transportation planning efforts have intensified, many state DOTs, MPOs, counties, and other agencies have realized freight planning efforts are often need to examine and consider needs beyond their jurisdictional boundaries. In many cases, particularly along major interstate or interregional freight corridors, bordering or nearby states and metropolitan areas are facing similar freight transportation issues related to their common location along a corridor or corridors. The realization freight needs outside their jurisdictions often impact freight transportation flows within their jurisdictions has encouraged many state DOTs, MPOs, and other transportation-focused organizations to work together to address their mutual issues. By examining freight transportation needs at a macro scale and coordinating staff and financial resources when appropriate, the jurisdictions that participate in freight coalitions can implement more significant transportation improvements than they could working alone.

This webinar will discuss the benefits, opportunities, issues, and challenges associated with creating and maintaining freight coalitions. It will also examine how freight coalitions can benefit individual member organizations in ways that are unavailable to organizations that do not participate in multi-state or multi-region coalitions.

  • Long-Established Coalition Perspective (I-95 Corridor Coalition) This presentation will review the activities, achievements, and lessons learned by a long-established freight coalition, the I-95 Corridor Coalition.
    • Marygrace Parker, I-95 Corridor Coalition
  • Newer Freight Coalition Perspective (I-81 Corridor Coalition) This presentation will discuss the factors behind the formation of a newer freight coalition, the I-81 Corridor Coalition, its initial benefits and challenges, and more recent activities as the coalition has evolved and matured.
    • Kevin Cole, I-81 Corridor Coalition
  • State DOT Perspective on Freight Coalition Membership This presentation will talk about the benefits of participating in multi-state freight coalitions from a state DOT perspective.
    • Cheryl Ball, Missouri DOT

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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