2009 Ohio Conference on Freight
September 22, 2009
Hilton Toledo Inn
The State of Ohio is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider of ADA Services.
Assistant Director and Chief Economic Development Officer
Ohio Department of Development
Looking Toward the Future
• Ohio Department of Development Strategic Plan makes
a commitment to Logistics and Distribution as a critical
• The State of Ohio and the Federal Government are
partnering to make strategic investments in Logistics and
• There are important challenges and opportunities facing
the industry as we move forward.
Our strengths in logistics and transportation
make Ohio an ideal location for any business.
“Our Toledo sorting hub and warehouse facility is the heart of an international
logistics solution network. Ohio’s world-class infrastructure helps us rise to the
toughest transportation challenges.”
- Steve Grier, Vice President, Transportation Hub Operations, BAX Global
“Located in the middle of the North American population, Ohio offers superior
distribution opportunities throughout the United States and Canada. This strategic
location is supplemented by an established logistics infrastructure including
international airports, an extensive highway network and expansive railroad
- Elaine Roberts, President and CEO, Columbus Regional Airport Authority
Ohio Quick Facts
• Air: Ohio is 4th in the nation in airports with 519. That includes 180 public airports,
six international airports, and three air cargo hubs.
• Rail: Ohio is 4th in active rail lines, with 5,350 miles and 36 freight railroads. That
includes major lines from CSX and Norfolk Southern.
• Port: Ohio is 4th in the nation in maritime tonnage moved. The state has nine ports
on Lake Erie, 16 terminals on the Ohio River, and 700 miles of navigable waterways.
• Road: Ohio is 6th in the nation in interstate highways (1,574 miles; eight interstate
Ohio’s Airports & Major Highways
Ohio’s Port Authorities
Ohio’s Rail Lines
Ohio Logistics and Distribution Stimulus
$100 million available for projects that expand
connections to logistics and intermodal centers,
improve the flow of freight, and increase access
to new markets.
To date, $48.1 million has been awarded.
Lucas County Improvement Corporation - $7.5 million to further develop
Midwest Terminals multimodal capabilities to improve rapid freight loading and
unloading at The Port of Toledo.
Bluegrass Farms of Ohio, Inc. - $7.5 million to develop the Central Ohio
Logistics Center, an intermodal facility in the City of Jeffersonville (Fayette
• Funding: $774 million from the
American Recovery and Reinvestment
• Projects: 149 transportation
infrastructure projects across the state
– improve the flow and safety of
– rebuild historical bridges
– make travel more efficient on
Ohio’s railways, transit water, and
in our airports
Transportation Investment Generating Economic
Recovery (TIGER) Grant Applications
• American Recovery and Reinvestment Act TIGER Discretionary
– Funds major capital investments in surface transportation, including
highway and bridge projects, improvements at air or water ports, public
transportation, and passenger and freight rail projects.
– Priority given to projects that can be completed by February 2012 and
include as job creation, economic stimulus, innovation, and partnership.
• Nine applications submitted to U.S. Department of Transportation
• Seeking a total of $587,899,855 in stimulus funding.
TIGER Grant Application:
Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority Dredge Purchase
• Reducing dredging from Maumee Bay and the ship channel in the
Maumee River threatens the very existence of the port.
• The purchase of dredging equipment to maintain the channel and
berth depth of Toledo port terminals is critical for this inland seaport
and northwest Ohio’s gateway to global commerce.
• This request of $10.8 million in TIGER Grant funds will be used to
leverage $8 million/year in local operating costs and $12 million in
already-approved Ohio stimulus-funded projects.
Job Ready Sites
– Bolster Ohio’s current inventory of sites available for future development
– Promote reinvestment and reuse of property
– Leverage the state and local communities’ previous investment in infrastructure
– Foster regional cooperation and economic growth strategies
– Encourage sustainable development
Lake Erie Port Manufacturing and Industrial Center – $5 million was
awarded to improve the former Chevron site in Toledo. The project will involve
dredging for a deep sea port along the Maumee River and infrastructure
improvements on the 181-acre site making the Toledo Port the largest on the
• Ohio Department of Development – Ohio Department of
– ODOT 21st Century Transportation Task Force Report
– Ohio Ambassador Program
– Transportation Futures Plan
• Ohio Department of Development – Ohio Rail Development
– Partners in advising on economic development issues and connecting
rail projects to economic development priorities.
• Ohio Department of Development – Ohio’s Port Authorities
– Collaboratively invest in near- and long-term projects.
Challenges and Opportunities
• Ohio’s manufacturing future
• Cost to update aging
• Understanding the
interactivity between modes
• Future of energy sources and