The Indiana Secretary of Commerce will be one of the keynote speakers for The Rail Summit 2013 Friday in Chicago. Victor Smith will be among the participants focusing on the economic importance of short line railroads. Organizers also say it's a chance for the region's leaders to initiate business deals. They also hope to promote cooperative regional support for transportation issues, including funding for rail and related programs.

Other main speakers include OmniTRAX Chairman Brad Skinner and Anacostia & Pacific Company Inc. Chief Executive Officer Peter Gilbertson.Source: The Rail Summit 2013

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