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About CAGTC

OUR GOAL

The Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC) was established to bring national attention to the need to significantly expand U.S. freight transportation capabilities and to work toward solutions for this growing national challenge. Our sole purpose is to raise public recognition and Congressional awareness of this need and to promote sufficient funding in federal legislation for trade corridors, gateways, intermodal connectors and freight facilities.


THE ISSUE

Freight transportation is the backbone of America’s commerce. According to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) 2011 Freight Facts & Figures, more than $16 trillion dollars of freight was moved in the United States that year, accounting for $13 trillion in domestic shipments and $3 trillion in international exports and imports, making our nation’s goods movement system an integral part of any long-term economic gain.

These numbers are expected to grow – in 2011 FHWA predicted freight shipments will more than double between 2010 and 2040 to an estimated $39.5 trillion annually, with $10.3 trillion in goods being transported by multiple modes of transportation. This robust system of freight movement is an economic engine, producing millions of jobs and a higher standard of living for our population. Without the ability to quickly and cost effectively move goods into, out of and through the United States, America will not be able to maintain our standard of living and high employment levels.

OUR STRATEGY

 

  • Bring national attention to the needs of our multimodal freight system
  • Educate members of Congress & develop consensus for federal investment policy that supports intermodal connectors, trade corridors, freight facilities and gateway access

  • Educate the public, primarily through media outreach, to increase appreciation and support for freight system needs

 

MEMBERSHIP

CAGTC is comprised of over sixty representative organizations, including state DOTs, MPOs, ports, engineering firms, and freight corridors, that have come together to improve national freight policy.

 

CAGTC is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association, governed by a Board of Directors and administered by the Washington, DC communications firm, Blakey & Agnew, LLC.

 

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    ELAINE NESSLE

    Executive Director

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    LESLIE BLAKEY

    President

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    JEFF AGNEW

    Communications Director

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    ANNA DENECKE

    Manager-Member Communications & Policy

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    KEVIN KRUKE

    Legislative Counsel

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    Current Board
    of Directors

    Mortimer Downey
    Founding Chairman

    Sharon Neely
    Chairman

    Tim Lovain
    Vice Chairman

    Paul Hubler
    Treasurer

    Paul Anderson
    Director

    Chuck Baker
    Director

    Rick Cameron
    Director

    Kerry Cartwright
    Director

    John Creighton
    Director

    Gary Gallegos
    Director 

    John Greuling
    Director

    Lee Hutchins
    Director

    Robert Ledoux
    Director

    Glenn Miles
    Director

    Joseph Szabo
    Director

    Rachel Vandenberg
    Director 

    MORTIMER DOWNEY

    Senior Advisor 
    Parsons Brinckerhoff

    Mortimer L. Downey, III serves as a Senior Advisor to Parsons Brinckerhoff, providing advisory and management consulting services to the firm and to its client base, including public and private owners, developers, financers and builders of infrastructure projects worldwide.

    Mr. Downey served on the Transportation Policy Committee for the Obama Presidential campaign, and during the presidential transition was appointed as leader of the Department of Transportation Agency Review Team. He was recently appointed as the first Federal member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Board.

    Mr. Downey held the position of U.S. deputy secretary of transportation for eight years, the longest serving individual in that post. He also served on the President’s Management Council, as Chairman of the National Science and Technology's Committee on Technology, as a member of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Council and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). In a prior Administration he had served as an Assistant Secretary of the Department. Previously, Mr. Downey was for 12 years the executive director and chief financial officer of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). He has also worked at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget, and at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

    SHARON NEELY

    Chief Deputy Executive Director 
    Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)

    Sharon Neely has over 35 years of transportation experience in management positions. Ms. Neely has had a long involvement with public transportation, legislation, and funding issues in Southern California.

    Ms. Neely is the Chief Deputy Executive Director of Strategy, Policy, and Public Affairs for SCAG. She is responsible for policy support, legislation, public affairs, media and Board communication/agendas. The Southern California Association of Governments covers 190 cities, 6 counties and 19 million residents. Ms. Neely was instrumental in the passage of AB 1403 eliminating a $1 million cap on Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) allocation of TDA sales tax funds in place since 1979.

    Ms. Neely also served as the Director of Transportation Policy for the ACE Construction Authority in Los Angeles County, California for eight years. She was responsible for local, state, federal and community relations for the $1.4 billion ACE Project and helped secure $1 billion for the freight infrastructure project.

    TIM LOVAIN

    Executive Vice President
    Capitol Strategies

    Prior to joining Capitol Strategies, Tim served as a Vice President and General Counsel of Denny Miller Associates for 29 years.  In addition, Tim has served for four years as a Member of the Alexandria, VA City Council (2006-2009, 2013-present). Although he has worked extensively on multiple issues, Tim has developed a special expertise in transportation issues.  He leads Capitol Strategies’ representation of several public sector transportation clients. Along with his service on the CAGTC Board, he serves as the Chair of the Washington Area Transit Industry Representatives and Chair of the Public Ferry Coalition.  In his role as a Councilmember, Tim serves on the Transportation Planning Board for the National Capital Region and the Alexandria Transportation Commission, and he was the founding Chair of the Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition. Tim served as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Slade Gorton (R-WA); Legislative Director of New Directions, a citizens lobby on international issues; and Chief Legislative Assistant to Representative Helen Meyner (D-NJ).  Tim is an attorney, admitted to the Washington State Bar, and a former Coast Guard officer.  Tim received a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Political Science from the University of Chicago; a Master of Arts in Politics from Princeton University; and a J.D. with honors from the University of Washington Law School.

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    PAUL HUBLER

    Director of Community and Government Relations 
    Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority (ACE)

    Paul Hubler is Director of Community and Government Relations at the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority (ACE), a public construction authority responsible for building grade separations and safety improvements along freight rail mainlines in eastern Los Angeles County. Mr. Hubler is involved in regional and national policy challenges, issues and collaborative solutions arising from the movement of goods through the nation’s leading trade gateway in Southern California.

    Mr. Hubler has worked in Sacramento, Calif. and Washington, D.C. as Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman and former State Senator Adam Schiff (D-Pasadena), handling transportation, environmental and other issues.

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    PAUL ANDERSON

    President & CEO
    Port Tampa Bay 

    Former Federal Maritime Commissioner Paul Anderson joined the Tampa (FL) Port Authority as Chief Executive Officer in December 2012 after holding a series of high-profile leadership positions in the public and private sectors over the last three decades.  Prior to joining the Tampa Port Authority, Mr. Anderson was the Chief Executive Officer at the Jacksonville Port Authority.

    Mr. Anderson was recently elected Chairman of the Florida Ports Financing Commission by Florida’s port directors. He’s also been appointed by the Chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) to lead a newly created cooperative effort of the AAPA and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In this role, Mr. Anderson will bring together the country’s most prominent mayors with port leadership to urge investment in seaport infrastructure and make U.S. port competitiveness a national priority.  In addition, he is the Legislative Chairman of the Florida Ports Council and serves on the Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Mr. Anderson was most recently appointed to join the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors Board of Directors.  

    Nominated to the Federal Maritime Commission by President George W. Bush in 2003, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2004, Mr. Anderson served a five-year term ending in 2008. In addition, the president designated Anderson as the Commission’s Chairman.  During his tenure, Anderson voted on issues affecting the trillion-dollar international maritime industry and represented the Commission before Congress, maritime industry associations and major corporate leadership. A highlight of Anderson’s service included his appointment to the Committee on Marine Transportation, a cabinet-level strategy group responsible for the nation’s seaports and reporting directly to the president.

    Most recently, Mr. Anderson was responsible for providing industry recommendations on legislative issues to the Ranking Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee at the U.S. House of Representatives where he served as a Senior Fellow. He was president of International Oil and Shipping Company of Boca Raton, Florida, between 2008 and 2010 following his service on the Federal Maritime Commission. Anderson spent 10 years with JM Family Enterprises, a diversified automobile business headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida, and was previously a senior director of Seabulk Marine, Inc., an international marine transportation company in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has also served as an advisor on intermodal issues to former Florida governors Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist.

    Mr. Anderson has also held numerous community leadership positions including Chair, Board of Trustees, Broward County (FL) Community College; Chair, Broward Alliance; Chair, Broward Health Foundation; Vice President, Board of Trustees, Leukemia Lymphoma Society; Board of Directors, Florida Tax Watch; Board of Directors, Public Affairs Council and Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation. 

    Raised in San Clemente, California, Anderson has relocated with his family to Tampa from Jacksonville, Florida, where, except during the period of his public service in Washington, D.C., he has resided for the past 25 years.  Anderson is a 1982 graduate of the University of Florida and completed the Senior Managers in Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  

    CHUCK BAKER

    Partner
    Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell

    President
    National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association

    Chuck Baker is a Partner at the Washington, DC transportation government affairs firm Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell (CC&H), where he represents clients such as the National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRCMA) and the American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA). Mr. Baker is a member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for America’s Gateways & Trade Corridors (CAGTC).

    For the NRCMA, Mr. Baker also serves as its President. In this capacity, he handles the association's core issues and programs, including its federal government affairs program in front of both Congress and the Administration. Prior to joining Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell, Mr. Baker worked with the Surface Transportation Policy Project in Washington, D.C. Mr. Baker has also worked in the office of Senator (then Congressman) Ben Cardin (MD) and for Deutsche Bank Securities as an investment banker specializing in Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions in San Francisco, CA.

    Mr. Baker is a native of Baltimore, MD and a graduate of Rice University in Houston, TX.  

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    Richard Cameron

    Managing Director of Environmental Affairs & Planning
    Port of Long Beach

    Richard D. “Rick” Cameron is the Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning for the Port of Long Beach, California, named to the post in January 2014 by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, governing body for the Port.

    Mr. Cameron joined the Port in 1996 as an Environmental Specialist, was promoted to Manager of Environmental Planning and named Director of the newly-created Division of Environmental Planning in 2007 before being appointed Managing Director after the retirement of 23-year Port veteran, Dr. Robert Kanter.

    As Managing Director, he oversees the Environmental Affairs and Planning Bureau that includes Environmental Planning, Master Planning and Transportation Planning.

    As Director of Environmental Planning, he led the Division most directly responsible for the Port’s signature environmental program, the Green Port Policy, and the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan. Under the Green Port Policy, the Division coordinates programs to improve air, water and soil quality, preserve wildlife habitat and integrate sustainability into Port practices.

    Early in his Port career, as an Environmental Specialist, he worked in the areas of water quality, air quality, and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documentation. Prior experience included management of various environmental programs for the Port of Los Angeles and other clients as a Project Manager for Essentia Management Services.

    Mr. Cameron has a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is a resident of Manhattan Beach.

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    KERRY CARTWRIGHT

    Director of Goods Movement
    Port of Los Angeles

    Kerry Cartwright is the Director of Goods Movement at the Port of Los Angeles. He was appointed the director of this newly created division at the Port in October 2007. Prior to joining the Port of LA, he was the Manager of Transportation Planning at the Port of Long Beach for over 10 years. His duties and responsibilities include: the planning and conceptual design of landside access improvements, regional transportation planning, funding, and transportation policy. He has over 24 years of experience in traffic engineering and transportation planning, and is a registered Traffic Engineer in the State of California and a registered Professional Engineer in Canada. He serves on numerous regional and statewide transportation agency technical and policy committees. He received the Southern California Association of Governments’ “Regional Champion Award” for 2009.

    Mr. Cartwright is also involved in global logistics in the academic arena: he is an instructor for the Global Logistics Specialist® program at California State University, Long Beach. Kerry obtained a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada. He has also obtained Global Logistics Specialist® certification at California State University, Long Beach.  

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    JOHN CREIGHTON

    Seattle Port Commissioner
    Port of Seattle

    John Creighton is a business lawyer who practiced on the east coast and overseas prior to returning to his home in the Northwest.   John was elected to the Seattle Port Commission in November 2005, and was chosen by his colleagues to serve as Commission President for two consecutive years (2007-2008).  John has also served on the audit and strategic planning committees of the Port Commission.

    Before becoming a commissioner, John worked as a lawyer specializing in complex international transactions in the port cities of Singapore, Helsinki and Istanbul prior to returning home to Seattle

    As commissioner, John has focused on keeping the Port strong as a jobs creation engine while increasing the agency’s commitment to the environment and making it a more accountable, socially responsible public agency.  He has developed strong expertise in transportation and economic policy. 

    In 2006, John was appointed by then Governor Christine Gregoire to the State Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board, and he has also served on the Transportation Policy Board of the Puget Sound Regional Council.  He currently chairs the State Route 509 Corridor Completion and Freight Improvement Project Executive Committee, looking at ways the region can finally move forward and complete a transportation corridor critical to the Port of Seattle’s 25-year strategic plan to triple air cargo through Sea-Tac Airport and double containerized cargo through its seaport terminals.

    John also has served on the advisory board of Visit Seattle (Seattle’s convention and visitors bureau) since 2010, and previously served on the board of the Economic Development Council for Seattle and King County.

    John earned his B.A. and M.A. in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University.  After graduate school, he worked as a financial analyst with Goldman Sachs & Co in New York.   John went on to earn his J.D. from Columbia University

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    GARY GALLEGOS

    Executive Director
    San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)

    Gary Gallegos is the Executive Director of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG). He is a nationally recognized expert in transportation, land use, regional public policy making, and bi-national planning and diplomacy.

    SANDAG is the leading research, planning, and transportation agency for the San Diego region. The agency builds consensus; makes strategic plans; obtains and allocates resources; plans, engineers, and builds public transportation, and provides information on a broad range of topics pertinent to the region's quality of life. Agency policymakers are elected officials from each of the area’s 18 cities and the county.

    Mr. Gallegos leads a staff of about 300 professionals who develop public policy initiatives for elected officials on numerous issues encompassing population growth, transportation, environmental management, economic development, municipal finance, binational coordination, and public safety.

    Under his direction, SANDAG in October 2011 became the first Metropolitan Planning Organization to adopt a Regional Transportation Plan with a Sustainable Communities Strategy, in accordance with California Senate Bill 375. The 2050 RTP/SCS lays out how $214 billion will be spent by mid-century to address transportation needs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and preserve quality of life.

    Mr. Gallegos’ recent accomplishments at SANDAG also include overseeing the completion of the Interstate 15 Express Lanes, a $1.3 billion expressway within a freeway, and spearheading the acquisition of the State Route 125 toll road, commonly known as the South Bay Expressway, for $341.5 million.

    In January of 2003, Mr. Gallegos ushered SANDAG into a new, expanded role. State Senate Bill 1703 consolidated the responsibilities of SANDAG with many of the functions of the Metropolitan Transit Development Board and the North County Transit Development Board, allowing SANDAG to assume regional transit planning, funding allocation, project development, and eventually construction.

    In 2004, Mr. Gallegos led the charge to extend TransNet, a regional half-cent sales tax for transportation; 67 percent of county voters approved the extension. Administered by SANDAG, the original 20-year TransNet program generated $3.3 billion to fund highway, transit, and local road projects. The 40-year TransNet extension will raise another $14 billion for similar improvements. Gallegos also led the effort to create the TransNet Early Action Projects program, which focuses on jump-starting construction of the top priority transportation infrastructure projects and programs identified in the Regional Transportation Plan.

    Most recently, Mr. Gallegos has worked with partner agencies toward securing the federal and state approvals necessary to create a third international border crossing in San Diego County – Otay Mesa East – and a short connecting highway. SANDAG will administer a toll that will generate funds to pay for the facility.

    In addition, Mr. Gallegos is the Chief Executive Officer of the SANDAG Service Bureau, the nonprofit public benefit corporation chartered by SANDAG.

    Prior to joining SANDAG in 2001, Mr. Gallegos held the position of District Director for Caltrans District 11, covering San Diego and Imperial Counties. Mr. Gallegos holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of New Mexico. He is a registered civil engineer.

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    JOHN GREULING

    President & CEO
    Will County Center for Economic Development

    John E, Greuling is the President and CEO of the Will County Center for Economic Development (CED) and Will County Chamber of Commerce—a position he has held for ten years. Among his priorities are business recruitment and retention/expansion, managing the development of the largest Inland Port in North America and the development of the Illiana Expressway and the South Suburban Airport. Greuling, a native of Oak Park, Illinois has been an economic development practitioner for 35 years. Prior to joining the CED he was Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Business & Economic Development for InterMountain/RKH, a corporate affairs firm based in Denver specializing in government relations, strategic communications and business and economic development. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Economic Development for the Greensboro Area Chamber of Commerce in Greensboro, North Carolina; Executive Director for the Southeast Denver/Douglas County Economic  Development Council from; Director of the Colorado Office of Business Development; and Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development of the Bloomington-Normal Area.

    A graduate of Illinois State University, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy in 1974, he received his Masterof Science in City and Regional Planning from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1976. Greuling is married (Michelle) and lives in New Lenox, Illinois. Interests include music, running, travel and Labrador Retrievers.

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    DR. J. LEE HUTCHINS

    Director, Freight Logistics & Planning 
    AECOM Transportation

    Dr. Lee Hutchins manages freight transportation, its infrastructure and the underlying industrial land use, from planning through implementation and operations, for the public and private sector.  He has an extensive record of identifying and implementing freight programs for coastal and inland ports, industrial facilities, and railroads aligned with return on investment metrics, economic development and employment growth.  His work takes him across North American, as well as international locations, having managed two joint ventures in Belgium and Spain while living in Belgium. He began his career repurposing and reconfiguring industrial land use with regional railroad networks from a joint public / private sector perspective.  He serves on the Marine Environment Committee and is the Chairman for the Railroad Environmental Research Issues Subcommittee of the Transportation Research Board, National Academy of Sciences, as well as serving on the NCFRP Panel 38 for Metropolitan Freight Movement. He has worked in more than 100 port, terminal, refinery and chemical plants, as well as rail served industrial sites, around the globe linking freight handling, economic development and urban planning with transportation infrastructure.  He holds a doctorate in transportation and urban planning and a bachelors degree in civil engineering from Washington University (St. Louis).

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    ROBERT LEDOUX

    Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

    Florida East Coast Railway

    Robert Ledoux is vice president, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Florida East Coast Railway. He has more than 25 years of legal and management experience in corporate law and business and transportation transactions.

    From 1981 to 1987, he worked as a budget analyst for the Department of the Navy. Mr. Ledoux then served for five years as Corporate Counsel & Secretary for Planning Systems Inc., in McLean, Virginia. He spent the next six years as Senior Attorney and Assistant Secretary for Software AG of North America, Inc. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Ledoux worked as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary with PSINet, Inc.

    Prior to joining FEC, Mr. Ledoux worked at CSX Transportation, Inc. for nine years in various legal positions including Assistant General Counsel for public project initiatives, engineering, passenger services, and Intermodal.

    He graduated with a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire, a JD degree from George Mason University, and an MBA from Virginia Tech. Mr. Ledoux is affiliated with the Virginia State Bar, the Maryland State Bar, the Florida State Bar and the American Corporate Counsel Association.

    Mr. Ledoux currently is Vice President of the Florida Railroad Association which promotes rail transportation solutions in Florida.  In addition, Mr. Ledoux is on the International Committee of the Florida Chamber.  This committee works on driving new trade (export and import) in Florida.  Mr. Ledoux is the President of the Board for Theatre Jacksonville.  This is the lnogest running community theatre in Southeastern United States.

    Mr. Ledoux is an active member of the State Relations Policy Committee and Public Affairs Management Committee of the Association of American Railroads.  These committees work on transportation policies at the State and Federal level.


    GLENN MILES

    Executive Director
    Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization

    Glenn is currently Executive Director of the Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) in Coeur d’ Alene Idaho after spending 23 years as the Transportation Manager and Director of the Spokane Regional Transportation Council in Spokane, Washington.  With 32 years’ experience in regional and metropolitan transportation planning, Glenn has managed a wide variety transportation programs and projects that cross virtually all modes of transportation.  This includes transportation corridor preservation efforts; railroad projects, establishment of intermodal passenger facilities; highway and interchange projects; assisting local economic development efforts in identifying and promoting freight and logistics investments to expand and attract new businesses to the region; establishment of public transit systems; rideshare/vanpool programs; airport siting and airport noise protection studies, and land use analysis;.

    Glenn was the Public Program Manager for a project called Bridging the Valley (BTV) project which, if completed, would separate vehicular traffic from train traffic at the 75 existing crossing in a 42 mile corridor between SpokaneWashingtonand AtholIdaho. The projects completed 30% design and engineering, environmental and permitting approvals, prior to the projects transfer to local jurisdictions and State agencies for implementation.

    As the Executive Director of KMPO, Glenn is currently leading an effort with transportation agencies, economic development organizations and business interests in Idaho and Alberta, Canada in establishing greater ties associated with freight and commerce between Edmonton, AB and Coeur d’ Alene, ID areas.

    Glenn holds degrees in Urban & Regional Planning and Geography, with minors in Biology and Economics. 

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    JOE SZABO

    Executive Director
    Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning  (CMAP) 

    Joseph C. Szabo joined the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) in January 2015 as a Senior Fellow and was appointed the organizaiton's Executive Director in June 2015. CMAP developed and is now guiding implementation of the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan, which was developed to address the fundamental challenges -- including land use and transportation -- that shape residents' daily lives.  The agency benefits from Joe's expertise in issues at the local, state, and federal levels, including his experience as a mayor, as the head of a federal administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation, as a leader of organized labor, and as a fifth-generation railroad professional.

    Joe served 2009-15 as the twelfth Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the first to come from the ranks of rail workers. He led a staff of over 900 professionals located in Washington, DC, and at field offices across the U.S. who develop and enforce safety regulations; manage financial assistance programs; and oversee research and technology development programs.  Their mission: To enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future.

    From 2006-09, he was Vice President of the Illinois AFL-CIO. He has served as mayor of Riverdale, Illinois, a member of the South Suburban Mayors Transportation Committee, and Vice Chairman of the Chicago Area Transportation Study’s Executive Committee. In 2002, he chaired the Governor’s Freight Rail Sub-Committee and, in 2005, was assigned by the United Transportation Union International to the FRA’s Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC), where he participated in the development of rail-safety regulations.

    His prior service also included membership on the Executive Council of Chicago Metropolis 2020 (later known as Metropolis Strategies) and on the Chicagoland Metropolitan Planning Council. He holds a baccalaureate degree in Labor Relations from Governors State University and received an honorary doctorate from Lewis University for his lifetime commitment to public service.

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    RACHEL VANDENBERG

    National Director, Ports and Intermodal
    Dewberry

    Rachel Vandenberg PE, is vice president and national director for ports and intermodal for the nationwide professional services firm Dewberry.  In this role, she works daily in the advancement of goods movement infrastructure across highway, rail and marine networks.

    Prior to joining Dewberry, Rachel’s previous positions have included ports and marine market sector manager, intermodal practice leader, and transit rail market sector manager at AECOM.  With more than 25 years of strategic planning, engineering, and project management across multiple modes, she offers an expert understanding of the complex transportation networks that support the economic and social viability of our communities.

    Rachel has supported the development of strategic plans and policies at state and local levels and has set forth a framework for planning and investment of capital projects and programs around the country and overseas. She has supported project delivery for transportation projects across multiple modes, such as the Alameda Corridor for which she was engaged in direct coordination of policy and procedures required to implement this $2 billion program. At the state level, Rachel spearheaded the development of a comprehensive maritime strategy for North Carolina, identifying economic opportunities along with road, rail and port infrastructure requirements required to meet the needs of the state’s waterborne trade. Recognized for her understanding of best practices for freight systems planning and development, Rachel served as technical advisor to the Victoria State Government of Transport to sustain and develop interstate freight rail capacity and supply chain efficiency in Melbourne Australia.

    As a licensed professional engineer, Ms. Vandenberg offers the vision of a professional who knows the realities of design and cost of construction. She has directed numerous technical and financial studies, environmental studies, design, and construction supervision on behalf of state departments of transportation, regional and municipal transportation agencies, class 1 railroads, private operators and developers, and port authorities.

    Broward County, FL – Port Everglades Director of Business Development

    Port Everglades, a department of Broward County, Florida, is a major economic presence in the South Florida region, generating nearly $14 billion a year in economic activity.  One of the world’s top cruise, cargo and petroleum ports, Port Everglades supports more than 140,000 jobs statewide.   The Director of Business Development reports to the Chief Executive/Port Director and oversees administering programs to achieve cargo growth in containers, breakbulk, neo-bulk and bulk cargoes, as well as programs to attract and retain cruise line business.   The Port Everglades Department operates as a self-sustaining enterprise fund with 2011 operating revenues of $139 million and approximately 225 authorized staff.  The Port is a “landlord” port that leases land, manages contracts and maintains infrastructure within an extremely competitive industry.  The Director uses independent judgment in developing business strategies to attract new shipping line services and a high level of intermodal railroad and trucking services, as well as developing corporate and community relations, communications, and advertising strategies.  Candidates should have solid business acumen, be politically astute and have the ability to interact in a diverse environment with a multitude of stakeholders.  Candidates should be personable with solid skills in strategic planning and the ability to develop effective marketing plans which include advertising/media and building relations with the local, national and international business communities for import/export opportunities.  Excellent communication, interpersonal and relationship-building skills are essential.  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public or busi­ness administration, marketing, transportation or related field and six years of progressively responsible experience in the maritime industry to include four years of high level supervisory and administrative experience; or equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.  Extensive travel required.  The salary range is $81,108 - $133,016.  First review of applications will take place on February 6, 2012; position is open until filled.  To apply, visit our website at www.bobmurrayassoc.com and follow the prompt to create an online profile.  Questions may be directed to Ms. Renee Narloch, Vice President, Bob Murray & Associates, at (850) 391-0000 or reneen@bobmurrayassoc.com.  A detailed brochure is available.  Broward County is an Equal Opportunity/ADA Employer.  Pursuant to Florida’s open records law, applications and resumes are subject to disclosure.

    CAGTC Members,

    The Federal Maritime Commission has voted to sanction the report examining the diversion of U.S.-bound cargo to Canadian and Mexican ports. As you may recall, this report was requested in the Fall of 2011 by Washington State Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray and a handful of Members of the House of Representatives citing concerns that US taxes on incoming goods puts US Ports at a disadvantage.

    Since the report was sanctioned by the Commission late yesterday in a 3-2 vote, it will now be sent to Congress. Although the report is not yet public, early media accounts indicate that it questions security at Canadian Ports and alleges that Canadian ports are “deliberately luring lucrative cargo business away from their American counterparts.” (source: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/business/canada-to-be-accused-of-luring-cargo-away-from-us-ports-by-american-agency-163513786.html) It is important to note, however, that these reports are all done by Canadian-based outlets. The U.S. news outlets have not yet picked up on the story.

    The FMC plans to release the report on Friday.

    Elaine Nessle

    Director, Operations and Advocacy 

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