Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Kentucky freight conference scheduled for April 5

Registration is now open for Kentucky's 2011 Regional Freight Conference, to be held April 5 at the Florence Government Center, 8100 Ewing Boulevard.

This year's speakers include Mike Hancock, secretary of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet; Jose Sepulveda, Kentucky division manager of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA); Robin Bancroft, strategic projects manager with the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments (OKI); Chip Milliard, Office of Freight Management and Operations with the FHWA; Steve Brown and Lynn Ratliff of Toyota North America; John Mok, president and CEO of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG); and Paul Bingham, economics practice leader with Wilbur Smith Associates.

The conference will conclude with tours of CVG or another site yet to be determined.

Participating organizations are working with OKI on a regional freight plan, helping to shape future multi-modal transportation investments and ensuring the region's economic competitiveness in the global market.

Recommendations will be presented at a freight stakeholders meeting this summer, and a finalized plan is expected to be presented to the OKI board in August.

Registration for the conference is free, but seating is limited to 72 participants.

For a $20 fee, the Northern Kentucky Area Development District will provide a refreshment package consisting of a continental breakfast, box lunch, and beverages. To reserve a refreshment package, contact Jeff Thelen at or (859) 283-1885.

Previous reading on BC:
Public gets look at ongoing OKI freight plan (3/7/11)
Agreement on expanded Cincinnati port could come by September (7/5/10)
Ohio funds could create true 'Port of Cincinnati' (5/27/10)
Port study would examine impacts of fourth Mill Creek rail main (9/30/09)
OKI releases 2008 annual report (4/30/09)