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Category: Economic Development

Transportation, Jobs, and the 2012 State of the Union - 2/23/2012
The recent State of the Union address highlighted Present Obama's blueprint for an American economy built to last; an economy requiring a solid foundation of...

Ames Intermodal Facility Opens its Doors - 6/21/2012
The new $9.2 million Ames Intermodal Facility will bring together car parking and transit access, private and public transportation providers, and the Iowa State University...

Economic Development: Pulling the Right Strings - 7/10/2012
This article identifies five initiatives advancing transportation and logistics investments that support economic development from around the United States. It includes a discussion of initiatives...

Moving Maine by Moving Goods - 7/23/2012
After years of individual studies assessing the feasibility of forming mode-specific corridors between Searsport and Bangor, Maine, a study has been completed reviewing the feasibility...

The Impact of Truck Congestion on Washington State's Economy - 7/23/2012
The Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and Washington State University (WSU) have produced a report highlighting effects on the regional economy if congestion on...

TIGER 2012 Projects keep Freight, Economy Moving - 8/02/2012
Nearly half of the projects selected for TIGER 2012 will directly improve freight flow. The movement of goods over a safe and reliable transportation network...

Aligning Strategies to Maximize Impact: Case Studies on Transportation and Economic Development - 12/07/2012
The National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) has published 10 case studies investigating the tie between transportation and economic development. These case studies highlight regional...

Freight Rail Infrastructure Projects to Spur Economic Development in Massachusetts - 5/16/2013
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation's (MassDOT) Industrial Rail Access Program has awarded $2.85 million matching grant funds for freight-rail projects across the state. The Industrial...

Governor Quinn Announces Illinois Coal Exports Set Record in 2012, Fuel Economic Growth - 5/16/2013
Between 2010 and 2012, coal exports in Illinois have increased five-fold from 2.5 million tons to 13 million tons. This significant increase in coal exports...

Georgia Department of Transportation Poised to Make State 'Global Gateway of Choice' - 6/17/2013
Goods movement throughout Georgia currently represents a $15 billion per year industry in the state and economists believe the industry has the potential to grow...

Strong Transportation Network Vital to Economy, Business Growth - 3/20/2014
During the recent American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Washington Briefing, panelists discussed the linkage between transportation investment and economic development. While...

Truck Orders Continue to Set Records in November - 1/03/2019
According to ACT Research, trailer orders set records in November, up 101% year-over-year. Dry Van orders lead the way in September, October and November. Some...

ATA Truck Tonnage Index Increased 6.6% in 2018 - 1/31/2019
American Trucking Associations' (ATA) advance seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index saw its greatest increase in two decades in 2018. The index increased 6.6% in...

Attracting and Retaining Women in the Transportation Industry - 3/04/2019
Despite accounting for 50% of the working age population, women account for less than 15% of the total transportation workforce. The Mineta Transportation Institute at...

A Guide to Transportation Funding Options Available to Virginia Jurisdictions - 3/12/2019
State and Federal revenue on are on the decline and more grant programs are requiring local matches from recipients. As a result, it is critical...

Freight Trucking Industry Closely Monitoring President's Threat to Close U.S.-Mexico Border - 4/10/2019
If Mexico cannot stop the flow of illegal drugs in to the United States, President Trump will impose tariffs on Mexico and possibly close the...

Heavy-Duty Truck Orders Hit Lowest Level in Nine Years - 8/15/2019
Orders for heavy duty trucks are down 82% from last year, the lowest they have been since 2010. During July, capacity was high and demand...

California's 'White Gold' Rush: Lithium In Demand Amid Surge In Electric Vehicles - 5/05/2021
Lithium, an in-demand component of batteries for electric vehicles, is mostly sourced from China, however California's Imperial Valley has the potential to become a major...

Is electrifying the freight rail network cost prohibitive? - 5/05/2021
At a cost as high as $4.8 million per track mile along complex segments, electrification via overhead catenary of the freight rail network may be...

Why the Price of Lumber Has Soared - 5/05/2021
The price of finished wood has soared to record highs, driven by diminished sawmill capacity, renovation boom, and a homebuilding boom.

Not in My Backyard! Truck Parking's NIMBY Risk - 5/24/2021
Despite significant demand for truck parking, stakeholders around potential parking sites are voicing concern about the impacts of parking sites close to non-freight-related land uses.

U.S. Commerce Chief Planning Meeting on Chip Shortage - 5/24/2021
There continues to be a shortage of semiconductors, which are critical components in freight technology and vehicles. The United States Department of Commerce is working...

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