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Transportation Logistics Study & Implementation


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During the National Regional Transportation Conference, Rebecca Bolen shared the work of the Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning and Development Commission shared outcomes and next steps from the region's Transportation Logistics Study.

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Transportation Logistics Study & Implementation

  1. 1. EUPRPDC Transportation Logistics Study & Implementation TUESDAY, JUNE 18, 2019 NATIONAL REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION CONFERENCE
  2. 2. Project Structure Review Previous Work Infrastructure and Potential for Growth Current Market Conditions Feasibility Summary Growth Opportunities 2
  3. 3. Findings: Infrastructure Assets 3
  4. 4. Findings: Domestic Trade 4 Inbound Value Outbound Value
  5. 5. Findings: International Trade 5 Import Value, Canada (2015-2030) Export Value, Canada (2015-2030)
  6. 6. Findings: Advantages for the Region Competitiveness business cost structure Competitive proximity to natural resources Higher education Underutilized infrastructure ◦ Seaport ◦ Airport ◦ Rail Low cost of living 6 Sault Ste Marie Through Port Flows - 2015 Source: FHWA
  7. 7. Findings: Disadvantages for the Region Market accessibility Slow business growth Population decreasing Mismatch of workforce training and needs Relatively small Traditional border-related challenges Lack of available and suitable modern industrial property and vertical property product ready for occupancy 7
  8. 8. Identified Opportunities Recommendation 1: Pursue the creation of a federally-recognized bi-national investment zone that extends into both Canada and the U.S. (Bi-National District) Recommendation 2: Position the EUP’s forest products industry for growth in three identified emerging opportunities Recommendation 3: Position the EUP’s cold weather testing industry for growth through the unique demand that vehicle advanced technology applications is creating in the testing environment. Recommendation 4: Pursue targeted business investment in the Specialty Metals Manufacturing Sector Recommendation 5: Develop a clear understanding of the disruptive impact that e-commerce is having upon the warehouse and distribution sector. 8
  9. 9. Bi-National Investment District - Pilot Project 9
  10. 10. Forest Products Industry Identified emerging opportunities: Mass Timber Production Glulam and CLT 10
  11. 11. Future Possibilities Cold Weather Testing Specialty Metals Manufacturing Disrupt the warehouse and distribution sector 11
  12. 12. ANY QUESTIONS? Rebecca Bolen Planner II 906-748-0150 12