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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 21st from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM ET Trucking Industry Resilience During Disruption Events Disruption events have a significant impact on all modes of freight transportation, regardless of their geographic extent or duration.  In the trucking industry, changes in overall sector demand or by business segment can make it challenging for carriers to adequately forecast crisis demand compared to “normal” demand relative to the season of the year.  These challenges are exacerbated when businesses that serve truck drivers, such as restaurants, themselves close or limit their hours, reducing drivers’ flexibility to access necessary services.

The challenges the freight transportation industry has faced since early 2020 clearly indicate a need for freight carriers across all modes, including truck carriers, to find ways to become more resilient with their operations and recover from disruptions.  Carriers have tried different ways to sustain their operations.  In some cases, increasing resilience involved restricting fleet capacity when freight demand was low or inconsistent.  Some truck carriers also attempted to become more resilient by diversifying the kinds of products they were willing to transport, enabling them to capture “new” freight.  Regardless of the exact methods used, freight carriers have needed to increase their resilience to deal with unpredictable future conditions or demand.

This webinar will discuss some of the challenges the trucking industry has faced in the recent past that have required carriers and the industry as a whole to become more resilient.

Lack of Resilience in Transportation Networks: Balancing Efficiency and Resilience
This presentation will provide an overview of how a lack of transportation network resiliency can have a significant impact on a region’s or even country’s overall economy.


  • Dr. Igor Linkov and Dr. Andrew Strelzoff, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Examining Freight Transportation Resiliency in the For-Hire Trucking Industry
This presentation will examine various metrics in the for-hire trucking industry and discuss how those metrics impact truck carrier resiliency.


  • Dr. Jason Miller, Michigan State University, Associate Professor of Supply Chain Management

Trucking Industry Lessons in Resiliency and Response – Long-Haul Truck Drivers and Accessing Food to Eat
This presentation will talk about how the challenges many long-haul truck drivers had in spring 2020 accessing restaurants and other sources of food during their daily driving routines.


  • Scott Grenerth, Truck Specialized Parking Services (TSPS)

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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