Registration Now Available for 2009 Ohio Conference on Freight
Online registration is now up for the 2009 Ohio Conference on Freight . Registration for the conference is $250 which includes all meals, workshops and plenary sessions, and reception. To register for the 2009 Ohio Conference on Freight, log on to http://www.regonline.com/Checkin.asp?EventId=740497. See the preliminary agenda

Who Should Attend?
Transportation planners, representatives of trucking and shipping companies, engineers, elected officials, economic developers, representatives of the construction industry, and import/export firms will contribute to and benefit from this third annual conference. Planners and Professional engineers who attend the 2009 Ohio Conference on Freight can receive Continuing Professional Development credit.

Accommodations
A special conference rate is available at the Hilton Hotel Toledo and Dana Conference Center. Prevailing government state and federal rates will be honored if the guest indicates government employment upon registration and provides a government ID upon arrival. Hotel reservations can be linked through the conference registration site. Enter the Group/Convention Code “TMA” where requested. Please note that September 9 is the closing date for the special rate.

Speakers Confirmed
The three keynote speakers have been confirmed for the 2009 Ohio Conference on Freight scheduled for Tuesday & Wednesday, September 22-23 in Toledo.

Tuesday, September 22, 9-10 a.m., Plenary Session

Jolene M. Molitoris, director of the Ohio Department of Transportation
Ms. Molitoris, appointed ODOT Director in January 2009, is leading the state’s historic investment in transportation infrastructure, bolstered by federal stimulus funds dedicated through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Director Molitoris will share the changes being made at ODOT to meet the transportation needs of a 21st Century Ohio, including an update on the state’s investment of federal stimulus funds.

Tuesday, September 22, Noon-1:30 p.m., Luncheon Presentation

Collister (Terry) Johnson, Jr., administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (SLSDC)
Mr. Johnson leads the federal government corporation responsible for maintaining and operating the two U.S. Seaway locks located in Massena, N.Y., and vessel traffic control in areas of the St. Lawrence River and Lake Ontario, in collaboration with its Canadian partner, the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. Mr. Johnson will talk about the 50th anniversary of the Seaway, the current status and future, and economic importance of the Seaway to the US and Canada

Wednesday, September 23, 9-10 a.m. Plenary Session

Janet Kavinoky, director of transportation infrastructure in the Congressional and Public Affairs Division, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Ms. Kavinoky serves as the Chamber’s senior lobbyist and policy expert on all transportation infrastructure issues. In addition, she is the executive director of the Americans for Transportation Mobility—a national business-labor-construction industry coalition. Ms. Kavinoky will address the U.S. Chamber’s Let’s Rebuild America initiative. This initiative educates, engages, and activates Chamber members to reframe infrastructure issues and advance solutions to ensure that the American transportation infrastructure and logistics system allows seamless transportation of goods and people.

The 2009 Ohio Conference on Freight is hosted by TMACOG in partnership with the National Association of Regional Councils and the Ohio Department of Transportation

Sponsors include: the University of Toledo, CSX Transportation, PB World, the Ohio Association of Regional Councils, The Mannik & Smith Group, Inc., CN, and
Eastman and Smith Ltd
, Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority

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