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10th CITT State of the Trade and Transportation Industry Town Hall Meeting Set for March 11

Published: March 2, 2009

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Is the San Pedro Bay Ports complex, the nation’s largest trade gateway, threatened by economic trends and competition from other North American ports? That question, and others, will be addressed at the 10th CITT State of the Trade and Transportation Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, March 11, from 6-8:30 p.m. in the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at CSULB.

Titled “The Decade Ahead: Jobs, Cargo, Competition, and You,” the meeting is free and open to the public, but seating is limited. The event is hosted by the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) at CSULB and the METRANS Transportation Center. Other sponsors include the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Union Pacific Railroads, BNSF, ACTA, Long Beach City College, and others.

The objectives of this year’s town hall are to understand the impacts of the global economic recession on the Southern California ports, and what drives decision makers along the supply chain when choosing which ports to use. The event will feature an introductory presentation by leading national economist Paul Bingham, Global Insight, titled “Perspectives on Global and National Changes in International Trade and Economic Recession.” A video presentation, produced by CSULB’s Advance Media Production, will demonstrate how those trends have impacted trade through Southern California’s ports. Genevieve Giuliano, a professor and senior associate dean of Research and Technology, School of Policy, Planning, and Development and director of the METRANS Transportation Center at the University of Southern California, will give a brief review of the past town hall meetings, recognizing the unique accomplishments of the various participants.

The panel consists of key decision makers along the supply chain, such as Alan McCorkle, APM Terminals; Scott Moore, Union Pacific Railroad; David Arsenault, Hyundai Merchant Marine, and Patty Senecal of the International Warehouse Logistics Association. The moderator, Joseph Magaddino, chair of CSULB’s Department of Economics, will lead a Q&A session with the audience.

The town hall meeting is expected to draw more than 1,000 individuals based on attendance of the previous events and will offer the most up-to-date information possible on a rapidly changing topic, making this a unique opportunity for audience members to ask questions and gain valuable knowledge.

The event is for individuals involved with and affected by trade and transportation, including longshore labor, truckers, ocean carriers, marine terminal operators, freighter forwarders, custom brokers, intermodal marketing companies, distribution centers, shippers, government agencies, elected officials, as well as the general public.

With the 10th Town Hall, CITT and METRANS will bring to a close a decade-long educational series, at least in its present format.

“When we began in 1999, there were few forums where those, both inside and outside the goods movement industry could share common concerns and propose solutions,” says Marianne Venieris, executive director, CITT and deputy director, METRANS Transportation Center, “We take great pride in what has been accomplished by CITT, METRANS and our partners.”

For more information, call the CITT office at 562/985-2872 or visit the CITT Web site.