More Speakers Added For Logistics Summit

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Additional speakers have been announced for the 12th annual Indiana Logistics Summit in Indianapolis. The two-day conference next month will bring together more than 300 leaders to discuss the state's logistics future. September 23, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Top national transportation officials appointed by the president will join leaders from UPS, General Motors, Subaru, Harvard and the State of Indiana to discuss solutions for the national transportation crisis on Oct. 7-8 in Indianapolis.

The 12th annual Indiana Logistics Summit will bring over 300 leaders to the Indiana Convention Center for two days of important discussions at the state's premier logistics conference.

The focus of this year's event is "Solving the National Transportation Crisis" and will feature three nationally-renowned keynote speakers and presentations by Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann, and top executives from UPS, Subaru, Monarch Beverage, General Motors, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corp., Moffatt & Nichol, Center for American Progress, CDM Smith, Indiana Department of Transportation, Ports of Indiana, Indiana Economic Development Corp., Conexus Indiana, Purdue University and Harvard University.

Keys issues to be discussed include the following:

-In 2011-2012, China consumed more cement than the U.S. did in the entire 20th century.

-Condition of U.S. infrastructure is graded as a D+ and will require $3.6 trillion by 2020.

-U.S. Highway Trust Fund has been depleted and cannot be fixed with current fuel taxes.

-Over half of the navigational locks on U.S. rivers have exceeded their design life.

-U.S. rail system needs $148 billion over 20 years to keep pace with projected growth.

-No U.S. airports are ranked in the top 25 of recent report on world's best airports.

-U.S. no longer ranks among top 10 countries in global infrastructure rankings.

The 2014 Summit will feature keynote presentations by former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation Mort Downey, Dr. Lawrence Burns, a former General Motors Executive and "re-inventor" of the automobile; and Harvard Professor Stephen Goldsmith, former Mayor of Indianapolis, Deputy Mayor of New York, and national expert on public-private partnerships and government reform. Saint Lawrence Seaway Administrator Betty Sutton will also join Downey and Goldsmith as 2014 presenters who have served as key presidential advisors. Full speaker bios are available here. The event is co-hosted by Purdue University, the Ports of Indiana and Conexus Indiana.

Additional Information:

-Registration: The cost is $250 per person, available online at

-"Logistics U" Program for High School Students - A special program for high school students is being offered in conjunction with the Indiana Logistics Summit to show young people the opportunities available in this industry. Students will hear about internships, scholarships, training programs and degrees, while also meeting with current logistics professionals to learn about future career opportunities. Information:

-New Logistics Workshop for Professionals - A new intensive training session for business professionals in the logistics industry is being conducted by Purdue University professors in conjunction with the Summit. Participants will need to register separately for the 2.5 hour worksho p that will be held on Oct. 8 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The cost is $50 in addition to general registration for the Summit. The workshop will feature two sessions focusing on logistics workforce development and leaning of the supply chain.