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August 8 Schedule

08/8:  9:30 a.m. (Orchid Ballroom)

Introduction: Lloyd MacAdams, P.E., Chief Engineer & Assistant Director of Transportation Policy, Ohio Department of Transportation

Keynote: Caitlin Hughes

U.S. Federal Highway Administration

"State Freight Planning for Regional and National Success"

08/8:  9:00 a.m. (Orchid Ballroom)

Welcome: Grace Gallucci, Board President, OARC, and Executive Director, NOACA

Welcome: Milind Paranjape, Director. Information Technology, Logistics and Distribution, JobsOhio

08/8:   10:45 - 11:45 a.m. (Orchid Ballroom)

Platooning & Autonomous Vehicles

Introduction: Thea Walsh, Director, Transportation & Infrastructure, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC)

 

Moderator:  Jacqueline Jenkins. Ph.D., P. Eng., Assistant Professor, Cleveland State University   

 

Panelists: 

Ferzan Ahmed, Executive Director, Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission; 

 

Rich Granger, Managing Director, Workforce Development, DriveOhio

 

Ben Ritchey, PMP, Principal, Client Service Leader & Project Manager, CDM Smith

 

Morning Panel Discussion: 

08/8:   Noon - 1:30 p.m. (Orchid Ballroom) 

Keynote: Consul General Joe Comartin, General Consulate, Canada-Detroit

"The Impacts of Trade Policy on Supply Chains, Trade and Investment"

Keynote Speaker: 

08/8:  1:45 - 2:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions

The Blue Economy (Vanda Meeting Room)

If it touches water, it’s part of the Blue Economy.  From Great Lakes shipping to water used in industrial processes to recreation, the Blue Economy is powering our nation without many people knowing about it.  As we look toward the needs of the future, our economy will demand the expertise of water innovation technology.  Industry and communities will need creative solutions to manage, conserve, and optimize their water resources to provide safe drinking water, drive the global economy, and foster quality of life.

Panelists:

Max Herzog, Program Manager, Cleveland Water Alliance

Carl Naso, Chief Financial Officer, Port of Cleveland

 

"Truck Parking: A Regional Approach to Matching Supply & Demand" (Calypso Meeting Room)

The shortage of truck parking on US Highways is well documented.  The solutions to this shortage are less well understood.  In 2019, the FHWA Resource Center provided technical assistance to States and regions throughout the US in the development of localized Truck Parking Action Plans to address the state/region specific needs.  The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission hosted one such Truck Parking Roundtable, and will share their experience with the group. The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Council of Governments is also gaining a better understanding of parking needs across a tri-state area and will share their findings.

 

Moderator: Brad Hull, PH.D., John Carroll University

Panelists:  

Patrick Anater, Principal Consultant, CPCS Transcom

 

Robyn Bancroft, Strategic Initiatives Manager, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI)

Sara Walfoort, Freight Planning Manager, Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC)

Breakout Sessions:

08/8:  3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Port Authority Trends & Economic Development (Calypso Room)

Whether on Lake Erie, the Ohio River, or inland, port authorities throughout Ohio engage in a variety of diverse efforts to grow our regional economy.  This session will explore how our port systems are working on business retention, expansion, and attraction.  Learn about port authority financing, site selection, and other best practices that help our economy grow.

 

Moderator: Christine Nelson, Vice President Projects, Sites, & Talent, Team NEO

 

Panelists: 

Bethany Dentler, Executive Director, Medina County Economic Development Corporation; 

 

Penny Traina, CEO & Executive Director, Columbiana County Port Authority 

 

Whether on Lake Erie, the Ohio River, or inland, port authorities throughout Ohio engage in a variety of diverse efforts to grow our regional economy.  This session will explore how our port systems are working on business retention, expansion, and attraction.  Learn about port authority financing, site selection, and other best practices that help our economy grow.

Breakout Session:  

08/8: 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. 

Job Hubs: Workforce Mobility and Transportation Networks - (Vanda Room)

Access to the labor force and a multimodal transportation network are critical for businesses to succeed.  This presentation will detail the process utilized in the Cincinnati and Cleveland regions to delineate and analyze the accessibility of job hubs to the region’s workforce.   These clusters of businesses across a region allow for the efficient use of resources, including transportation, infrastructure and utilities, and create opportunities for knowledge sharing, talent attraction, and development of industry-specific hubs that can differentiate a region when attracting and growing new businesses.

Moderator: Maribeth Feke, Director of Programming & Planning, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority

Panelists:

Ali Makarachi, Transportation Modeling & Data Integration Manager, Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency; 

Pete Metz, Transportation Policy & Coalition Manager, Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber; 

David Shuey, GIS Manager, OKI Regional Council of Governments

Breakout Session:

08/8:  5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Reception - Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum

Sponsored by JobsOhio

 

Round trip shuttle transportation will be available from The Westin to the venue throughout the evening from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. 

Venue is walking distance from The Westin.

Reception: