The Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC) was established to bring national attention to the need to significantly expand U.S. freight transportation capabilities and to work toward solutions for this growing national challenge. Our sole purpose is to raise public recognition and Congressional awareness of this need and to promote sufficient funding in federal legislation for trade corridors, gateways, intermodal connectors and freight facilities.


Freight transportation is the backbone of America’s commerce. According to the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) 2011 Freight Facts & Figures, more than $16 trillion dollars of freight was moved in the United States that year, accounting for $13 trillion in domestic shipments and $3 trillion in international exports and imports, making our nation’s goods movement system an integral part of any long-term economic gain.

These numbers are expected to grow – in 2011 FHWA predicted freight shipments will more than double between 2010 and 2040 to an estimated $39.5 trillion annually, with $10.3 trillion in goods being transported by multiple modes of transportation. This robust system of freight movement is an economic engine, producing millions of jobs and a higher standard of living for our population. Without the ability to quickly and cost effectively move goods into, out of and through the United States, America will not be able to maintain our standard of living and high employment levels.



  • Bring national attention to the needs of our multimodal freight system
  • Educate members of Congress & develop consensus for federal investment policy that supports intermodal connectors, trade corridors, freight facilities and gateway access

  • Educate the public, primarily through media outreach, to increase appreciation and support for freight system needs



CAGTC is comprised of over sixty representative organizations, including state DOTs, MPOs, ports, engineering firms, and freight corridors, that have come together to improve national freight policy.


CAGTC is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade association, governed by a Board of Directors and administered by the Washington, DC communications firm, Blakey & Agnew, LLC.



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    Executive Director




    Communications Director



    Manager of

    Member Communications & Policy



    Legislative Counsel


    Current Board
    of Directors

    Mortimer Downey
    Founding Chairman

    Tim Lovain

    Paul Hubler
    Vice Chairman

    Paul Anderson

    Sharon Neely
    Immediate Past Chairman

    Chuck Baker

    Shant Boyajian

    Jim Brogan

    Rick Cameron

    Kerry Cartwright

    Tina Casgar

    John Greuling

    Robert Ledoux

    Ryan McFarland

    Glenn Miles

    Joseph Szabo

    Rachel Vandenberg


    Mort Downey Consulting LLC

    Mr. Downey served on the Transportation Policy Committee for the Obama Presidential campaign, and during the presidential transition was appointed as leader of the Department of Transportation Agency Review Team. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. 

    Mr. Downey held the position of U.S. deputy secretary of transportation for eight years, the longest serving individual in that post. He also served on the President’s Management Council, as Chairman of the National Science and Technology's Committee on Technology, as a member of the Trade Promotion Coordinating Council and as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Railroad Passenger Corporation (Amtrak). In a prior Administration he had served as an Assistant Secretary of the Department. Previously, Mr. Downey was for 12 years the executive director and chief financial officer of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). He has also worked at the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget, and at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.


    Crossroads Strategies

    Prior to joining Crossroads Strategies, Tim served as a Vice President and General Counsel of Denny Miller Associates for 29 years.  In addition, Tim has served for four years as a Member of the Alexandria, VA City Council (2006-2009, 2013-present). Although he has worked extensively on multiple issues, Tim has developed a special expertise in transportation issues.  He leads Capitol Strategies’ representation of several public sector transportation clients. Along with his service on the CAGTC Board, he serves as the Chair of the Washington Area Transit Industry Representatives and Chair of the Public Ferry Coalition.  In his role as a Councilmember, Tim serves on the Transportation Planning Board for the National Capital Region and the Alexandria Transportation Commission, and he was the founding Chair of the Northern Virginia Streetcar Coalition. Tim served as a Legislative Assistant to Senator Slade Gorton (R-WA); Legislative Director of New Directions, a citizens lobby on international issues; and Chief Legislative Assistant to Representative Helen Meyner (D-NJ).  Tim is an attorney, admitted to the Washington State Bar, and a former Coast Guard officer.  Tim received a Bachelor of Arts with honors in Political Science from the University of Chicago; a Master of Arts in Politics from Princeton University; and a J.D. with honors from the University of Washington Law School.

    Paul Hubler


    Director of Community and Government Relations 
    Alameda Corridor-East Project, San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (ACE)

    Paul Hubler is Director of Community and Government Relations at the Alameda Corridor-East Project, San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (ACE), a public construction authority responsible for building grade separations and safety improvements along freight rail mainlines in eastern Los Angeles County. Mr. Hubler is involved in regional and national policy challenges, issues and collaborative solutions arising from the movement of goods through the nation’s leading trade gateway in Southern California.

    Mr. Hubler has worked in Sacramento, Calif. and Washington, D.C. as Deputy Chief of Staff for Congressman and former State Senator Adam Schiff (D-Pasadena), handling transportation, environmental and other issues.

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    President & CEO
    Port Tampa Bay 

    Former Federal Maritime Commissioner Paul Anderson joined the Tampa (FL) Port Authority as Chief Executive Officer in December 2012 after holding a series of high-profile leadership positions in the public and private sectors over the last three decades.  Prior to joining the Tampa Port Authority, Mr. Anderson was the Chief Executive Officer at the Jacksonville Port Authority.

    Mr. Anderson was recently elected Chairman of the Florida Ports Financing Commission by Florida’s port directors. He’s also been appointed by the Chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) to lead a newly created cooperative effort of the AAPA and the U.S. Conference of Mayors. In this role, Mr. Anderson will bring together the country’s most prominent mayors with port leadership to urge investment in seaport infrastructure and make U.S. port competitiveness a national priority.  In addition, he is the Legislative Chairman of the Florida Ports Council and serves on the Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. Mr. Anderson was most recently appointed to join the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors Board of Directors.  

    Nominated to the Federal Maritime Commission by President George W. Bush in 2003, and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2004, Mr. Anderson served a five-year term ending in 2008. In addition, the president designated Anderson as the Commission’s Chairman.  During his tenure, Anderson voted on issues affecting the trillion-dollar international maritime industry and represented the Commission before Congress, maritime industry associations and major corporate leadership. A highlight of Anderson’s service included his appointment to the Committee on Marine Transportation, a cabinet-level strategy group responsible for the nation’s seaports and reporting directly to the president.

    Most recently, Mr. Anderson was responsible for providing industry recommendations on legislative issues to the Ranking Member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee at the U.S. House of Representatives where he served as a Senior Fellow. He was president of International Oil and Shipping Company of Boca Raton, Florida, between 2008 and 2010 following his service on the Federal Maritime Commission. Anderson spent 10 years with JM Family Enterprises, a diversified automobile business headquartered in Deerfield Beach, Florida, and was previously a senior director of Seabulk Marine, Inc., an international marine transportation company in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He has also served as an advisor on intermodal issues to former Florida governors Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist.

    Mr. Anderson has also held numerous community leadership positions including Chair, Board of Trustees, Broward County (FL) Community College; Chair, Broward Alliance; Chair, Broward Health Foundation; Vice President, Board of Trustees, Leukemia Lymphoma Society; Board of Directors, Florida Tax Watch; Board of Directors, Public Affairs Council and Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation. 

    Raised in San Clemente, California, Anderson has relocated with his family to Tampa from Jacksonville, Florida, where, except during the period of his public service in Washington, D.C., he has resided for the past 25 years.  Anderson is a 1982 graduate of the University of Florida and completed the Senior Managers in Government program at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  


    Chief Deputy Executive Director 
    Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)

    Sharon Neely has over 35 years of transportation experience in management positions. Ms. Neely has had a long involvement with public transportation, legislation, and funding issues in Southern California.

    Ms. Neely is the Chief Deputy Executive Director of Strategy, Policy, and Public Affairs for SCAG. She is responsible for policy support, legislation, public affairs, media and Board communication/agendas. The Southern California Association of Governments covers 190 cities, 6 counties and 19 million residents. Ms. Neely was instrumental in the passage of AB 1403 eliminating a $1 million cap on Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) allocation of TDA sales tax funds in place since 1979.

    Ms. Neely also served as the Director of Transportation Policy for the ACE Construction Authority in Los Angeles County, California for eight years. She was responsible for local, state, federal and community relations for the $1.4 billion ACE Project and helped secure $1 billion for the freight infrastructure project.


    Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell

    National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association

    Chuck Baker is a Partner at the Washington, DC transportation government affairs firm Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell (CC&H), where he represents clients such as the National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRCMA) and the American Short Line & Regional Railroad Association (ASLRRA). Mr. Baker is a member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for America’s Gateways & Trade Corridors (CAGTC).

    For the NRCMA, Mr. Baker also serves as its President. In this capacity, he handles the association's core issues and programs, including its federal government affairs program in front of both Congress and the Administration. Prior to joining Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell, Mr. Baker worked with the Surface Transportation Policy Project in Washington, D.C. Mr. Baker has also worked in the office of Senator (then Congressman) Ben Cardin (MD) and for Deutsche Bank Securities as an investment banker specializing in Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions in San Francisco, CA.

    Mr. Baker is a native of Baltimore, MD and a graduate of Rice University in Houston, TX.  


    Attorney at Law 
    Nossaman LLP

    Shant Boyajian helps public agencies employ a wide range of innovative methods to deliver the nation’s largest, most complex infrastructure projects.  He offers deep experience in the policy issues behind infrastructure strategy, having previously served as Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.  In this position, he served as lead author and negotiator for the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act – the largest infrastructure bill in U.S. history – which provided long-term funding certainty for the nation’s surface transportation system. 

    Mr. Boyajian’s government experience also includes serving as Counsel to the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit for the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  While there, he helped negotiate and draft the language for federal-aid highway programs within the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) Act – which provided more than $105 billion in funding for surface transportation programs in fiscal years 2013 and 2014. 

    He also previously served as Counsel to the Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation, which proposed many of the policy reforms ultimately enacted in the FAST Act.  Earlier in his career, he served as a law clerk to the General Counsel’s Office at the U.S. Department of Energy, and as Legislative Aid to the Vice Chairman of the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors in Loudoun County, Virginia. 

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    Executive Vice President
    Cambridge Systematics

    James J. Brogan, Executive Vice President of CS, leads the firm's Freight and Logistics Business Line, which includes a team of more than 25 freight and logistics planning, data, port, rail, commerical motor vehicle operations, and technology specialists nationwide. Mr. Brogan has more than 17 years of experience in statewide and metropolitan freight planning and operations, and has helped state DOTs, MPOs, ports, railroads, and regional coalitions across the country more effectively identify and address freight issues within their planning and investment activities. He has led or supported long range and strategic freight and rail plans in more than ten states, including New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, Maine, Virginia, Maryland, Vermont, Florida, South Dakota, and Oregon; and some of the country’s largest metropolitan areas, including Los Angeles, Houston, El Paso/Juarez, New York City, and Miami. He has supported the freight planning activities of the country’s largest multi-state coalitions, including the I-95 Corridor Coalition, the West Coast Corridor Coalition, and the Gulf of Mexico States Partnership, and has led groundbreaking national freight research activities for the National Highway Cooperative and National Freight Cooperative Research Programs (NCHRP and NCFRP), including a Guidebook to Integrate Freight within the Transportation Planning and Programming Process (NCHRP Report 594) and a Guidebook and Tools to Estimate the Economic Benefits of Specific Freight Network Investments (NCFRP Report 12). He is currently overseeing the development of a 35-year long range transportation plan for the LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and is managing a first-of-its-kind statewide Vehicle Inventory and Use Survey (VIUS) for the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans).

    Prior to joining Cambridge Systematics, Mr. Brogan was a commissioned officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, serving on both afloat and shore units. He received a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering (Transportation Systems and Management) from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. 

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    Managing Director of Environmental Affairs & Planning
    Port of Long Beach

    Richard D. “Rick” Cameron is the Managing Director of Environmental Affairs and Planning for the Port of Long Beach, California, named to the post in January 2014 by the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, governing body for the Port.

    Mr. Cameron joined the Port in 1996 as an Environmental Specialist, was promoted to Manager of Environmental Planning and named Director of the newly-created Division of Environmental Planning in 2007 before being appointed Managing Director after the retirement of 23-year Port veteran, Dr. Robert Kanter.

    As Managing Director, he oversees the Environmental Affairs and Planning Bureau that includes Environmental Planning, Master Planning and Transportation Planning.

    As Director of Environmental Planning, he led the Division most directly responsible for the Port’s signature environmental program, the Green Port Policy, and the San Pedro Bay Ports Clean Air Action Plan. Under the Green Port Policy, the Division coordinates programs to improve air, water and soil quality, preserve wildlife habitat and integrate sustainability into Port practices.

    Early in his Port career, as an Environmental Specialist, he worked in the areas of water quality, air quality, and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documentation. Prior experience included management of various environmental programs for the Port of Los Angeles and other clients as a Project Manager for Essentia Management Services.

    Mr. Cameron has a bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. He is a resident of Manhattan Beach.



    Director of Goods Movement
    Port of Los Angeles

    Kerry Cartwright is the Director of Goods Movement at the Port of Los Angeles.  Prior to being hired in this position in 2007, he was the Director of Transportation Planning at the Port of Long Beach for over 10 years.  His duties and responsibilities include: the planning and conceptual design of landside access improvements, regional transportation planning, funding, and transportation policy.  He has over 30 years of experience in traffic engineering and transportation planning, and is a registered Traffic Engineer in the State of California and a registered Professional Engineer in Canada.  He serves on numerous regional, statewide, and federal transportation/goods movement technical and policy committees.  He currently is a member of the State of California’s Freight Advisory Committee and is on the board of directors for the “Coalition of America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors” (CAGTC).  He has been involved with CAGTC since its inception.  He also serves on freight policy committees for both the American Association of Port Authorities and California Association of Port Authorities.  He is also on the Institute of Transportation Engineers Goods Movement Council, and previously was vice-chair.

    He is a past recipient of the Southern California Association of Governments’ “Regional Champion Award.”  He is also an instructor for the Global Logistics Specialist® program at California State University, Long Beach.  Kerry obtained a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta, Canada.  He has also obtained Global Logistics Specialist® certification at California State University, Long Beach.  He is former Harbor and Planning Commissioner for the City of Redondo Beach. 


    Goods Movement Policy Manager 
    San Diego Association of Governments 

    Christina “Tina” Casgar, has over 20 years of experience in freight transportation/goods movement. In August 2007, Ms. Casgar joined the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) as their first Manager of Goods Movement Policy. The Goods Movement Manager position is unique in that the position is supported by both SANDAG and the Port of San Diego. This newly created position focuses on freight policy, freight funding applications, planning sustainable goods movement and border/corridor infrastructure improvements.

    The largest project Tina is working on in our region is the State Route 11 (SR 11) Otay Mesa East Port of Entry (POE); a new land Port of entry on the US/MX border (the current border crossing handles over $42 billion in bi-national trade on an annual basis). She has managed many freight research projects, public information sessions, and policy analysis activities during the first part of her career in Washington, DC; and now continues this work here in San Diego.

    Ms. Casgar formerly worked for US Department of Transportation (federal cabinet agency), the Intermodal Association of N. America (Industry Trade Association), the Transportation Research Board (under the National Academy of Sciences), and Global Insight (a freight consulting firm).

    Ms. Casgar holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in International Relations, and a Master’s degree in Maritime Policy from the University of Delaware.



    President & CEO
    Will County Center for Economic Development

    John E, Greuling is the President and CEO of the Will County Center for Economic Development (CED) and Will County Chamber of Commerce—a position he has held for ten years. Among his priorities are business recruitment and retention/expansion, managing the development of the largest Inland Port in North America and the development of the Illiana Expressway and the South Suburban Airport. Greuling, a native of Oak Park, Illinois has been an economic development practitioner for 35 years. Prior to joining the CED he was Chief Operating Officer and Vice President for Business & Economic Development for InterMountain/RKH, a corporate affairs firm based in Denver specializing in government relations, strategic communications and business and economic development. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Economic Development for the Greensboro Area Chamber of Commerce in Greensboro, North Carolina; Executive Director for the Southeast Denver/Douglas County Economic  Development Council from; Director of the Colorado Office of Business Development; and Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development of the Bloomington-Normal Area.

    A graduate of Illinois State University, where he received a Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy in 1974, he received his Masterof Science in City and Regional Planning from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1976. Greuling is married (Michelle) and lives in New Lenox, Illinois. Interests include music, running, travel and Labrador Retrievers.

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    Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary

    Florida East Coast Railway

    Robert Ledoux is vice president, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Florida East Coast Railway. He has more than 25 years of legal and management experience in corporate law and business and transportation transactions.

    From 1981 to 1987, he worked as a budget analyst for the Department of the Navy. Mr. Ledoux then served for five years as Corporate Counsel & Secretary for Planning Systems Inc., in McLean, Virginia. He spent the next six years as Senior Attorney and Assistant Secretary for Software AG of North America, Inc. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Ledoux worked as Associate General Counsel and Assistant Secretary with PSINet, Inc.

    Prior to joining FEC, Mr. Ledoux worked at CSX Transportation, Inc. for nine years in various legal positions including Assistant General Counsel for public project initiatives, engineering, passenger services, and Intermodal.

    He graduated with a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of New Hampshire, a JD degree from George Mason University, and an MBA from Virginia Tech. Mr. Ledoux is affiliated with the Virginia State Bar, the Maryland State Bar, the Florida State Bar and the American Corporate Counsel Association.

    Mr. Ledoux currently is Vice President of the Florida Railroad Association which promotes rail transportation solutions in Florida.  In addition, Mr. Ledoux is on the International Committee of the Florida Chamber.  This committee works on driving new trade (export and import) in Florida.  Mr. Ledoux is the President of the Board for Theatre Jacksonville.  This is the lnogest running community theatre in Southeastern United States.

    Mr. Ledoux is an active member of the State Relations Policy Committee and Public Affairs Management Committee of the Association of American Railroads.  These committees work on transportation policies at the State and Federal level.


    Federal Government Relations Manager

    The Northwest Seaport Alliance

    Ryan manages federal government relations and policy issues for the Port of Seattle and The Northwest Seaport Alliance. He is a subject matter expert on federal transportation, maritime, and trade policy issues facing ports. He is Chair of the American Association of Port Authorities’ Harbors and Navigation Committee and Washington Vice President of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association Executive Committee. Before joining the port in 2006, Ryan worked in the export promotion division of the Washington State Department of Commerce and was a project manager at The Eisenhower Institute in Washington DC.


    Executive Director
    Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization

    Glenn is currently Executive Director of the Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization (KMPO) in Coeur d’ Alene Idaho after spending 23 years as the Transportation Manager and Director of the Spokane Regional Transportation Council in Spokane, Washington.  With 32 years’ experience in regional and metropolitan transportation planning, Glenn has managed a wide variety transportation programs and projects that cross virtually all modes of transportation.  This includes transportation corridor preservation efforts; railroad projects, establishment of intermodal passenger facilities; highway and interchange projects; assisting local economic development efforts in identifying and promoting freight and logistics investments to expand and attract new businesses to the region; establishment of public transit systems; rideshare/vanpool programs; airport siting and airport noise protection studies, and land use analysis;.

    Glenn was the Public Program Manager for a project called Bridging the Valley (BTV) project which, if completed, would separate vehicular traffic from train traffic at the 75 existing crossing in a 42 mile corridor between SpokaneWashingtonand AtholIdaho. The projects completed 30% design and engineering, environmental and permitting approvals, prior to the projects transfer to local jurisdictions and State agencies for implementation.

    As the Executive Director of KMPO, Glenn is currently leading an effort with transportation agencies, economic development organizations and business interests in Idaho and Alberta, Canada in establishing greater ties associated with freight and commerce between Edmonton, AB and Coeur d’ Alene, ID areas.

    Glenn holds degrees in Urban & Regional Planning and Geography, with minors in Biology and Economics. 

    joe szabo


    Executive Director
    Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning  (CMAP) 

    Joseph C. Szabo joined the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) in January 2015 as a Senior Fellow and was appointed the organizaiton's Executive Director in June 2015. CMAP developed and is now guiding implementation of the GO TO 2040 comprehensive regional plan, which was developed to address the fundamental challenges -- including land use and transportation -- that shape residents' daily lives.  The agency benefits from Joe's expertise in issues at the local, state, and federal levels, including his experience as a mayor, as the head of a federal administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation, as a leader of organized labor, and as a fifth-generation railroad professional.

    Joe served 2009-15 as the twelfth Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the first to come from the ranks of rail workers. He led a staff of over 900 professionals located in Washington, DC, and at field offices across the U.S. who develop and enforce safety regulations; manage financial assistance programs; and oversee research and technology development programs.  Their mission: To enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future.

    From 2006-09, he was Vice President of the Illinois AFL-CIO. He has served as mayor of Riverdale, Illinois, a member of the South Suburban Mayors Transportation Committee, and Vice Chairman of the Chicago Area Transportation Study’s Executive Committee. In 2002, he chaired the Governor’s Freight Rail Sub-Committee and, in 2005, was assigned by the United Transportation Union International to the FRA’s Railroad Safety Advisory Committee (RSAC), where he participated in the development of rail-safety regulations.

    His prior service also included membership on the Executive Council of Chicago Metropolis 2020 (later known as Metropolis Strategies) and on the Chicagoland Metropolitan Planning Council. He holds a baccalaureate degree in Labor Relations from Governors State University and received an honorary doctorate from Lewis University for his lifetime commitment to public service.

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    National Director, Ports and Intermodal

    Rachel Vandenberg PE, is vice president and national director for ports and intermodal for the nationwide professional services firm Dewberry.  In this role, she works daily in the advancement of goods movement infrastructure across highway, rail and marine networks.

    Prior to joining Dewberry, Rachel’s previous positions have included ports and marine market sector manager, intermodal practice leader, and transit rail market sector manager at AECOM.  With more than 25 years of strategic planning, engineering, and project management across multiple modes, she offers an expert understanding of the complex transportation networks that support the economic and social viability of our communities.

    Rachel has supported the development of strategic plans and policies at state and local levels and has set forth a framework for planning and investment of capital projects and programs around the country and overseas. She has supported project delivery for transportation projects across multiple modes, such as the Alameda Corridor for which she was engaged in direct coordination of policy and procedures required to implement this $2 billion program. At the state level, Rachel spearheaded the development of a comprehensive maritime strategy for North Carolina, identifying economic opportunities along with road, rail and port infrastructure requirements required to meet the needs of the state’s waterborne trade. Recognized for her understanding of best practices for freight systems planning and development, Rachel served as technical advisor to the Victoria State Government of Transport to sustain and develop interstate freight rail capacity and supply chain efficiency in Melbourne Australia.

    As a licensed professional engineer, Ms. Vandenberg offers the vision of a professional who knows the realities of design and cost of construction. She has directed numerous technical and financial studies, environmental studies, design, and construction supervision on behalf of state departments of transportation, regional and municipal transportation agencies, class 1 railroads, private operators and developers, and port authorities.

    Thanks to everyone who made our 2017 Annual Meeting a success! 


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    2018 CAGTC Annual Meeting 

    May 16 & 17 in Washington, D.C. 

    Thank you to our sponsors and to the attendees - you all made our 2018 Annual Meeting great! 

    The Economy’s Booming – What Does this Mean for Freight? Presentation 





    Broward County, FL – Port Everglades Director of Business Development

    Port Everglades, a department of Broward County, Florida, is a major economic presence in the South Florida region, generating nearly $14 billion a year in economic activity.  One of the world’s top cruise, cargo and petroleum ports, Port Everglades supports more than 140,000 jobs statewide.   The Director of Business Development reports to the Chief Executive/Port Director and oversees administering programs to achieve cargo growth in containers, breakbulk, neo-bulk and bulk cargoes, as well as programs to attract and retain cruise line business.   The Port Everglades Department operates as a self-sustaining enterprise fund with 2011 operating revenues of $139 million and approximately 225 authorized staff.  The Port is a “landlord” port that leases land, manages contracts and maintains infrastructure within an extremely competitive industry.  The Director uses independent judgment in developing business strategies to attract new shipping line services and a high level of intermodal railroad and trucking services, as well as developing corporate and community relations, communications, and advertising strategies.  Candidates should have solid business acumen, be politically astute and have the ability to interact in a diverse environment with a multitude of stakeholders.  Candidates should be personable with solid skills in strategic planning and the ability to develop effective marketing plans which include advertising/media and building relations with the local, national and international business communities for import/export opportunities.  Excellent communication, interpersonal and relationship-building skills are essential.  Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in public or busi­ness administration, marketing, transportation or related field and six years of progressively responsible experience in the maritime industry to include four years of high level supervisory and administrative experience; or equivalent combination of relevant training and experience.  Extensive travel required.  The salary range is $81,108 - $133,016.  First review of applications will take place on February 6, 2012; position is open until filled.  To apply, visit our website at and follow the prompt to create an online profile.  Questions may be directed to Ms. Renee Narloch, Vice President, Bob Murray & Associates, at (850) 391-0000 or  A detailed brochure is available.  Broward County is an Equal Opportunity/ADA Employer.  Pursuant to Florida’s open records law, applications and resumes are subject to disclosure.

    CAGTC Members,

    The Federal Maritime Commission has voted to sanction the report examining the diversion of U.S.-bound cargo to Canadian and Mexican ports. As you may recall, this report was requested in the Fall of 2011 by Washington State Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray and a handful of Members of the House of Representatives citing concerns that US taxes on incoming goods puts US Ports at a disadvantage.

    Since the report was sanctioned by the Commission late yesterday in a 3-2 vote, it will now be sent to Congress. Although the report is not yet public, early media accounts indicate that it questions security at Canadian Ports and alleges that Canadian ports are “deliberately luring lucrative cargo business away from their American counterparts.” (source: It is important to note, however, that these reports are all done by Canadian-based outlets. The U.S. news outlets have not yet picked up on the story.

    The FMC plans to release the report on Friday.

    Elaine Nessle

    Director, Operations and Advocacy 

    CAGTC Members,

    Congressman Sam Graves (R-MO), Chairman of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, is leading a letter (attached) addressed to House and Senate Republican leadership asking them to maintain the tax exempt status for private activity bonds (PABs) in any final tax reform bill. As a reminder, the House tax reform bill eliminated the tax exempt status of PABs while the Senate bill preserved it.

    Chairman Graves is seeking additional Republican Members of the House to sign on to the letter in support of PABs. So far, Rep. Graves’ office reports that the following Members have signed on:  R. Davis, Joyce, Hultgren, Meadows, G. Graves, Roe, Byrne, Emmer, Bilirakus, Rokita, Gianforte, Royce, S. Brooks, Sessions, Messer, Hice, Buddy Carter, Gibbs, Barletta, Katko, Brat, Gallagher, Duncan, and Comstock.

    If you know a House Republican who you believe would be willing to sign on to this letter, I encourage you to contact them and make that ask. The deadline is close of business tomorrow, Wednesday, December 13.

    If you reach out to your Representative regarding this matter, please let me know so we can coordinate our efforts.

    Thank you,

    Katie Cross

    Manager, Member Communications & Policy

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