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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 18th, 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET Logistics of Large-Scale Incident Event Response and Business Continuity Large-scale incident events such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, fires, major snowstorms, or widespread terrorist or military attacks can have a damaging impact on the transportation system. These incident impacts can create short-term infrastructure unavailability lasting a few hours or days, and/or can cause longer-term infrastructure damage that causes portions of the transportation network to be unavailable for a few weeks or months. Severe incident events have a particularly large impact on freight transportation, which requires an efficient, reliable transportation network for the pickup and delivery of goods. Large-scale incident events can greatly affect large geographic areas, especially large population geographic areas, and impede the movement of goods, especially those critical to support the impacted population, such as food, clothing, and construction materials. As a result of the challenges large-scale impact events have on freight transportation movements, many companies involved in freight movements, especially freight carriers, have significant interest in transportation operations and can play a valuable role in helping communities and regions recover from those large-scale events.

This webinar will discuss some of the logistical challenges communities and regions face when recovering from disaster and other large-scale events, and how supply chain-focused companies, particularly freight carriers but also manufacturers and retailers, are both impacted by those events and can help regions that are affected by the events to recover.

The Local Distribution Conundrum in Catastrophic Events
This presentation will discuss some of the challenges associated with supplying resources to areas impacted by large-scale incident events, and how it is critical that both internal and external coordination efforts serving those impacted areas are utilized after catastrophic events occur.


  • Jose Holguin-Veras, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Freight Distribution Needs after Large-Scale Impact Events
This presentation will examine what kinds of needs areas impacted by large-scale incident events often have after those events occur, and how freight carriers and shippers help assist with the recovery from those events.


  • Kathy Fulton, American Logistics Aid Network, Executive Director

State Government and Private Freight Company Emergency Coordination Efforts
This presentation will review the type of coordination that can take place between state government agencies and private sector freight companies or associations representing those companies when large-scale incident events take place within a state.


  • Persia Payne-Hurley, North Carolina Business Emergency Operations Center, Private Sector Manager

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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