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GLDPartners Begins Cross-Border Infrastructure and Market Development Project

GLDPartners and partner Cambridge Systematics have just begun a project in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan to review the region's infrastructure and market competitiveness - toward developing a regional focus on targeting the attraction of supply chain investment to the region. This region is quite interesting because of its location, its Seaway system access, airport and because of its cross-border setting. GLDPartners has worked on statewide infrastructure analytics and competitiveness positioning in Michigan previously and has substantial experience in cross-border settings and in Canada. This project is an excellent example of local leadership and cooperation, including the regional planning organization and its economic development and corporate partners.

US Must Take Investment in Multimodal Transport Infrastructure Seriously

We agree with AAPA and Kurt Nagle. In the US, there is little systemic planning or funding for strategic national system transportation and economic development. If the new Washington Administration is at all serious about economic growth on a global stage, it is imperative that the country take demonstrative steps toward creating a thoroughly modern, super-efficient freight transport infrastructure. In large measure, this is not the case today and the programs and investments over recent years, though helpful, were but small bandages applied to an old, creaky patchwork that comprises the national cargo movement system. Certainly, we cannot go backwards - rather, we need to be doing a heck of a lot more. At this point though, we are not seeing the kind of vision and leadership that we need and this must evolve and evolve quickly.

Brexit and Its Implications

It is now well over two weeks since triggering Article 50, how much more do we now know? Very little that is of any use to anyone, who owns or runs a business, appears to be the answer. The EU has now responded to Theresa May’s letter setting out their starting point and, if anything, relationships have worsened with both sides becoming more entrenched. At stake are huge ramifications to businesses that trade and manufacture.

Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport—-More Than Just a Technical Stop

Congratulations to Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC) for once again earning several Air Cargo Excellance Awards. Created in 2005, these awards are based on the results of the exclusive, anonymous Air Cargo Excellance survey that is carried out and published annually by Air Cargo World. Airports are judged by forwarders, cargo agents, and third party logistics providers on an airport’s performance, facilities, and value.

Grupo Mexico to Buy Florida East Coast Railway: What This Signals

Fortress Investment Group is selling the Florida East Coast Railway to a Mexican interest and this is a quite interesting transaction for several reasons. Fortress may be a seller that would sell to anyone willing to pay the right price - and you would expect as much, but the wider story is that FECR is a strong addition to someone else's business strategy. Grupo Mexico's purchase is a strategic play to establish railroad transportation presence in the US and for the expansion of intermodal service. There is certainly growth potential for FECR as evidenced by the Ports they serve.

Knight-Swift Merger: A Taste of What’s to Come in US Trucking?

Certainly to many the announced trucking industry merger caught some by surprise. Both companies have been well-run with class-leading best practices and the new company will be headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. It will be the largest in its business class and a huge enterprise with $5B in annual revenues, supported by 23,000 tractors, 77,000 trailers and 23,000 employees. To most sector analysts, this match-up makes sense and will create a North American trucking industry behemoth.