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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
August 19, 2015
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Supply Chain Needs and Industrial Site Selection Decisions Manufacturers, retailers, and other companies that ship goods rely heavily on an efficient and reliable freight transportation system to optimize their supply chains and minimize their costs. Transportation system efficiency is critical in maximizing supply chain efficiency. However, some factors that impact supply chain efficiency do not directly relate to transportation but can impact the transportation network. One such factor is the siting of freight-generating facilities. These facilities, particularly industrial facilities such as distribution centers, often have a wide range of transportation-related needs, such as proximity to major highways, railroad lines, water ports, or airports, and easy site access for tractor-trailers, that can create challenges for both communities and government transportation agencies if the freight-generating development needs are not fully understood. Additionally, industrial, commercial, and other types of development are also important for economic development purposes, and economic development considerations such as jobs and tax base also play a role in site selection decisions, and indirectly influence the transportation impacts of freight-generating land development. Though site selection is primarily a land use consideration, those business location decisions are significantly influenced by transportation and economic development considerations, which themselves are directly related to business supply chain needs.

This webinar will discuss the supply chain needs of industrial and other freight-generating developments from the industrial and commercial land development, economic development, and transportation perspectives.
Supply Chain and Site Location Needs — Industrial Real Estate Developer Perspective
This presentation will discuss how industrial real estate developers and site selection consultants examine freight-generating business location needs to find the preferred locations for development.
  • Curtis Spencer (President) and Steve Schellenberg, IMS Worldwide
Supply Chain and Site Location Needs — Economic Development and Freight Transportation Facility Perspective
This presentation will discuss how major freight facilities work with manufacturing, retail, and other industrial companies to attract complementary industrial and commercial development to areas near their facilities and work to promote economic development within their regions.
  • Russell Held, Virginia Port Authority, Vice-President of Economic Development

Supply Chain and Site Location Needs — Freight Company Transportation Optimization Perspective
This presentation will discuss how freight manufacturers and retailers work to maximize the efficiency of their supply chains by examining transportation network flows and ensuring their facilities are ideally located.
  • Richard Langer, Quetica LLC, Managing Director

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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