Southeast Regional Logistics Council Strategic Plan Released
Council identifies, prioritizes key Infrastructure improvements,
and talent development and public policy issues
(Jeffersonville, Ind., Oct. 13, 2015) The Conexus Indiana Southeast Regional Logistics Council (SERLC) today released its regional logistics strategic plan detailing long-term infrastructure, public policy and talent development priorities to grow the logistics industry and the economy in the 15-county region.*
SERLC, created by Conexus Indiana, brought together 32 logistics executives and thought leaders from Southeast Indiana in partnership with One Southern Indiana, regional economic development organizations and local chambers of commerce to develop strategies, goals and tactics to maximize short- and long-term success for the logistics sector in the region.
“Our strategic plan – titled Regional Links: Global Connections – provides a detailed map of the region’s infrastructure assets and outlines goals to ensure our positon as the ‘Crossroads of America,’” said Doug Prather, president of Ranger Enterprises LLC in Seymour and chair of the SERLC. “With enviable access to all four modes of transportation, Southeast Indiana is a gateway to global markets and we are smart to maximize both short- and long-term success for the business community and residents in Southeast Indiana.”
By identifying 63 infrastructure projects, as well as public policy and workforce development needs, and establishing priorities for implementation, the plan provides a comprehensive blueprint of the region’s logistics resources. Infrastructure projects include road, rail, air and waterborne transportation, and projected costs for each. Priorities were determined based on the potential for each to decrease transportation bottlenecks, increase direct rail service, increase use of regional air facilities for freight, and improve mode-to-mode connectivity within the region.
Priority projects include:
· Adding lanes to I-64, I-65; US 421 and US 50;
· Connecting Madison to I-65;
· Re-engineering, reconfiguring and redesigning SR 46/SR 11 interchange and building and designing a rail grade separation;
· Building and designing a rail grade separation at US 50/Tipton Street in Seymour; and
· Creating a West Lawrenceburg truck corridor from SR 56/US 50 at Aurora to US 50/SR 1 East of Lawrenceburg.
“The I-65 project is an example of a regional project that will create economic development by providing connection to industries in the region, aiding in truck traffic flow for the movement of cargo,” said Wendy Dant Chesser, president & CEO of One Southern Indiana in New Albany. “The plan calls for additional lanes on I-65 from Indianapolis to Jeffersonville – all of which combine to impact the transportation of goods and people throughout our region.”
The plan also stresses the critical importance of these issues to residents of the region. “By creating public policy goals to ensure federal, state and local governments do not regulate barriers to the safe, efficient and innovative movement of goods and resources through the region, and by ensuring adequate funding to support infrastructure priorities, we demonstrate that we are serious about working together for the good of the entire regional economy,” said Prather. “A healthy business environment translates to increased job opportunities for Southeast Indiana residents. And, of course, developing and maintaining infrastructure not only increases transportation opportunities for cargo, but provides for safe and efficient travel for residents as well.”
Educational opportunities to meet the next generation of business needs for skilled workers in the regional logistics industry are identified to respond to the shortages of air cargo pilots, truck drivers, barge captains, locomotive engineers, warehouse/logistics maintenance technicians and 4-year degree supervisors and supply chain graduates.
“Proactively addressing workforce development to provide the skills businesses need is an essential function of Regional Links: Global Connections,” Prather said. “Helping businesses achieve success directly relates to increased opportunities for employees today and in the future.”
The SERLC is one of six regional councils developed by the Conexus Indiana Logistics Council (CILC) at the request of the Indiana Department of Transportation, Indiana Economic Development Corporation and the Ports of Indiana to identify state, regional and local logistics needs in each area of the state.
“Regional Links: Global Connections is the final regional strategic plan to be released,” said David Holt, vice president of operations and business development at Conexus Indiana. “Like the others, the SERLC plan is the product of many hours of hard work by volunteers from among logistics executives, and public and nonprofit organizations that share our concern for the future of Indiana’s position as the ‘Crossroads of America.’”
A summary of strategies, goals and tactics identified in Regional Links: Global Connections is attached, and the entire plan can be downloaded at www.Conexusindiana.com.
About Conexus Indiana:
Conexus Indiana is the state’s advanced manufacturing and logistics initiative, dedicated to making Indiana a global leader. Conexus Indiana is focused on strategic priorities like workforce development, creating new industry partnerships and promoting Indiana’s advantages in manufacturing and logistics. Learn more at www.ConexusIndiana.com.
About the Conexus Indiana Logistics Council:
Conexus Indiana created the Conexus Indiana Logistics Council for executives in the industry to explore short- and long-term issues, opportunities and obstacles to growth in their businesses, and to develop strategies to ensure Indiana remains a logistics leader. The Council and its six regional councils are an unprecedented collaboration of logistics executives and thought leaders from throughout the state representing all sectors of the logistics user community.
*The Indiana counties within the Southeast Region are Bartholomew, Clark, Dearborn, Decatur, Floyd, Franklin, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Jennings, Ohio, Ripley, Scott, Switzerland and Washington.