TTLC “Education and Networking Event’ draws more than 200
More than 200 people attended the Tri-State Transportation and Logistics Council’s inaugural “Education and Networking Event” Thursday (March 12) at Cincinnati State.
The TTLC was formed last year to promote regional economic development and investment in education and infrastructure to drive growth in logistics, transportation supply chain and construction industries. The non-profit organization includes businesses in the transportation and logistics industries, governmental agencies, educational institutions, community groups and businesses in affiliated agencies.
The business portion of the program featured a panel discussion focusing on Tri-State’s potential to capitalize on its transportation infrastructure to improve the regional economy. Panelists included:
- Lacy Starling, President, Legion Logistics
- Jeff Stewart, President, Cincinnati Barge & Rail Terminals, LLC
- Mark Policinski, Chief Executive Officer, OKI Regional Council of Governments
- Brian Jaynes, Moderator Instructor, Cincinnati State Supply Chain Management Program; Incoming President, Warehousing Education and Research Council
- Todd Portune, Hamilton County (Ohio) Commissioner
- Kevin Lynch, Dearborn County (Indiana) Commissioner
- Gary Moore, Boone County (Kentucky) Judge-Executive
Portune noted that the soon-to-be-completed expansion of the Panama Canal gives Cincinnati and its Port Authority the potential to become the number one inland port or choice in the U.S. Other panelists said the region will benefit not only from better utilization of the Ohio River, but also of its rail, highway and air resources.
Several panelists cited the importance of taking a regional approach to issues ranging from workforce development to funding for major projects such as the Brent Spence Bridge upgrade.
Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley also spoke about the significance of logistics in the region and how education and training geared for the skills are needed for transportation and logistics jobs.
Following the panel discussion, a reception was held in the Midwest Culinary Institute’s Summit Restaurant, located on the second floor of the ATLC on the Cincinnati State campus.
ABOUT CINCINNATI STATE
Cincinnati State (www.cincinnatistate.edu) enrolls about 10,600 students and offers more than 130 associate degree and certificate programs in business technologies, health and public safety, engineering technologies, humanities and sciences and information technologies. Cincinnati State has one of the most comprehensive co-op programs among two-year colleges in the U.S.
TTLC Photo A: Matthew Arling, Job Developer for Cincinnati State’s Cooperative Education Program, at the podium in the auditorium of Cincinnati State’s Advanced Technology and Learning Center.
TTLC Photo B: Left to right, Todd Portune, Hamilton County Commissioner; Gary Moore, Boone County, Ky., Judge Executive; Kevin Lynch, Dearborn County, Ind., Commissioner; Brian Jaynes, Cincinnati State Faculty Member; Mark Policinski, Chief Executive Officer, OKI Regional Council of Governments and TTLC Executive Board Member; Jeff Stewart, President, Cincinnati Barge & Rail Terminals, LLC and TTLC Board Member; Lacy Starling, President, Legion Logistics and TTLC Executive Board Member.