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Talking Freight Seminars


Attention AICP Members

Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.

The Federal Highway Administration's (FHWA's) Office of Freight Management and Operations and the Office of Planning host the "Talking Freight" seminars. The seminars are part of a broader Freight Professional Development Program aimed at providing technical assistance, training, tools, and information to help the freight and planning workforce meet the transportation challenges of tomorrow. Seminars are held via web conference on a monthly basis throughout the year and are open at no cost to all interested parties in both the public and private sectors. There is no special equipment required to participate, all that is needed is a computer with Internet connectivity to view the presentations and audio can either be heard over the computer or phone.

Register for Upcoming Seminars

To register for a seminar, select the seminar topic in the table below. You will be taken to a registration form. After submitting your registration you will receive an email with the login information for the seminar. If you register for a seminar and later find out you can no longer attend, please inform Chip Millard via e-mail at

Talking Freight seminars may be eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits. In order to receive credit, you must attend the full seminar and login to the seminar with your full name or type your full name into the chat area during the seminar if you are in a room with a group of people. Visit the AICP Web site for more information about AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.

Upcoming Seminars
Date & Time Topic Description of Topic Speakers, Affiliations and Topics
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET
Examining the Growth of Inland Ports Inland ports, which are typically intermodal rail yards that are connected by rail to coastal marine ports, have become increasingly popular in recent years.  Many marine ports develop the inland facilities in coordination with Class I railroads.  The facilities extend the marine ports' geographic reach, and help reduce congestion at the marine ports' primary, water-based facilities. For the railroads, the inland ports provide an opportunity to consolidate and attract long distance rail shipments and short distance truck shipments and improve their economies of scale to directly serve ports. Regional truck carriers can also benefit from the inland facilities by reducing their need to directly serve congested marine ports and by increasing the amount of intermediate length haul shipments that allow drivers to go home most nights, rather than spending days at a time on the road.  Finally, states often support inland ports because they provide economic development and job opportunities in areas separate from the marine ports while also reducing congestion near those marine ports.  In general, inland ports can provide significant freight transportation logistics and economic development benefits if they are appropriately located and the marine ports they serve generate sufficient volume

This webinar will review current issues and trends related to inland ports, providing various perspectives about the benefits and challenges associated with inland port operations.

United States Inland Ports – Lessons Learned
This presentation will provide an overview of inland port development activity that has taken place in recent years in the United States, and talk about the general pros and cons of the inland port development from location, economic development, and freight transportation perspectives.


  • Frank Harder, Tioga Group, Principal

Inland Port Supply Chain Logistics, Industrial Development, and Economic Considerations
This presentation will examine why inland ports are developed from a supply chain and industrial development perspective, and review the benefits they can provide to freight carriers that serve the inland ports.


  • Walter Kemmsies, Jones Lang LaSalle, Trade and Logistics Global Strategist

Benefits of Developing Inland Ports from a Marine Port Perspective
These presentations will discuss why many marine ports have developed or are developing inland ports, and assess the benefits marine ports receive from developing those facilities.


  • Cliff Pyron, Georgia Ports Authority, Chief Commercial Officer
  • Barbara Nelson, Port of Virginia, Vice President of Government Affairs and Transportation Policy

Past Seminars

All Talking Freight seminars are recorded and are available for viewing online after the seminar has passed. An archive of presentations, recordings, podcasts, and transcripts from all past Talking Freight Seminars is available at

Freight Planning LISTSERV

Information about the Talking Freight Seminar Series, including upcoming topics and registration availability, is distributed through the Freight Planning LISTSERV. The LISTSERV also provides a venue for exchanging information about freight planning among public and private sector professionals. There are over 800 subscribers, comprised of transportation professionals from State DOTs, MPOs, professional associations, businesses, the academic community, and others.

Staff Contact

Chip Millard

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