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CITT Town Hall Meeting Set For May 15 In Carpenter Center

Published: May 1, 2013

The 2013 Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) Town Hall meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 15, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in the Carpenter Performing Arts Center at CSULB.

This year’s Town Hall, “Efficiency and Competitiveness: Securing Cargo and Jobs,” will focus on defining what makes a port competitive.

“Our goal is to help the audience discover how efficiency across the supply chain impacts the region’s economy, affects the community and provides job opportunities,” said Thomas O’Brien, CITT’s director of research and this year’s town hall moderator. “We’ll also discuss how local decisions affect national and global competitiveness.”

“The pressing industry issue of the year determines the topic we address,” said CITT Executive Director Marianne Venieris. “The audience feedback collected at previous events gives us a good indication of issues that need clarification in an educational setting. CITT’s Policy and Steering Committee makes the final decision on the topic for this event.”

Once again, setting the stage for the panel discussion is a video produced by Advanced Media Production at CSULB. This year’s video will illustrate the complexity of the supply chain and how decisions made at one point along that chain can have far-reaching impacts.

The panelists include Jeff Coppersmith, president, Coppersmith Global Logistics, representing cargo owners; Michael Podue, president, Marine Clerks Association, International Longshore and Warehouse Union-Local 63; Alan McCorkle, senior vice president, APM Terminals; Vic La Rosa, CEO/President, Total Transportation Services, Inc.; and Roger Rowe of the West Long Beach Association representing a critical community perspective.

Genevieve Giuliano, professor and senior associate dean of research and technology, Price School of Public Policy and Director of the METRANS Transportation Center at the University of Southern California, will summarize the panel discussions.

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Sponsors include METRANS Associates: the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, Majestic Realty, Southern California Association of Governments, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Gateway Cities Council of Governments, the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and BNSF Railway. Additional sponsors include Total Transportation Services, Inc., Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority, APM Terminals, and the Los Angeles Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association.

“I’m really pleased with the support that we have been receiving from the industry in terms of sponsorships and active participation,” said Venieris. “These sponsorships help us to offer the event free of charge to anyone attending.”

The town hall meeting is expected to draw up to 1,000 individuals based on attendance at previous similar events. The event is for those involved with and affected by trade and transportation, including longshore labor, truckers, ocean carriers, marine terminal operators, freight forwarders, customs brokers, intermodal marketing companies, distribution centers, shippers, government agencies, elected officials, as well as the general public.

For additional information, call the CITT office at 562/985-2872 or visit the town hall website.

–Shayne Schroeder