Future of Freight & Logistics

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Georgia Southern University

Nessmith Lane Conference Center ballroom (room #1602)
847 Plant Drive, Statesboro, GA 30458

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

9:30 - 2:30 p.m.

Join the Georgia Chamber for a one-day Forum designed to foster discussion around the future of freight and logistics.
This year’s program will focus on the state’s freight plan, findings of the freight and logistics commission, and the future of electric vehicles and supply chain.

Current Agenda

Registration Opens at 9:30

Call to Order 

Ben Tarbutton III, Chair, Georgia Chamber of Commerce 

President, Sandersville Railroad Company 


Welcome Remarks  

Dr. Kyle Marrero, President, Georgia Southern University  

Bart Gobeil, Executive Director, Logistics Technology Innovation Corporation 

Dr. Chris Curtis, Vice Provost for Research, Georgia Southern University 


HNTB Presenting Sponsor Remarks & Speaker Introduction

Tom Hutchinson, Vice President, HNTB  


Freight & Logistics Plan  

An update on GDOT’s strategic planning process for future supply chain infrastructure investment 

Jannine Miller, Planning Director, Georgia Department of Transportation


Georgia Ports Authority Sponsor Remarks 

State of the Ports Presentation  

A presentation on the Georgia Port Authority’s plans to manage exploding growth in the next few years 

Ed McCarthy, Chief Operating Officer, Georgia Ports Authority  


Transportation Post COVID 

A presentation on Georgia’s overall transportation environment as our state emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic 

Russell McMurry, GDOT Commissioner 


Break for Lunch  


Georgia Road Jobs Presentation 

A presentation on career opportunities within the infrastructure construction industry 

David Moellering, President & CEO, Georgia Highway Contractors Association 


Georgia Can’t Wait for Freight Video 

Introduced by Seth Millican, Executive Director, Georgia Transportation Alliance 


Freight & Logistics Commission Discussion 

A discussion with elected officials on the future of supply chain infrastructure funding in Georgia 

Moderator – Seth Millican, Executive Director, Georgia Transportation Alliance 

Senator Frank Ginn 

Senator Steve Gooch  

Representative Rick Jasperse 


Electric Vehicle Panel  

A discussion with elected officials and industry leaders on the future of the electric vehicle industry and the development of electric vehicle infrastructure across Georgia 

Moderator – Seth Millican, Executive Director, Georgia Transportation Alliance 

Senator Steve Gooch 

Stuart Countess, President & CEO, KIA Georgia Inc.  

Britton Smith, SVP of Electrification & Chief Strategy Officer, Blue Bird Corporation  


TSPLOST Update  

A discussion with county officials on the uses and impact TSPLOST funds have for local governments 

Kathleen Bowen, Associate Legislative Director, ACCG 

Carter Infinger, Chairman, Bryan County Board of Commissioners 

Tom Couch, County Manager, Bulloch County Board of Commissioners 


Future of Supply Chain Infrastructure  

A discussion with industry leaders on the growth factors and challenges facing the state’s supply chain 

D’Andrae Larry, Group Vice President International Intermodal, Norfolk Southern Corporation  

Stacy Watson, Director, Economic & Industrial Development, Georgia Ports Authority  

Nick Smith, Public Affairs Manager, UPS  


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