October 2013

CFIRE has joined a partnership that includes the Wisconsin Commercial Ports Association, Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (WCMP), Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), and the Port of Green Bay to develop a master plan for Wisconsin ports.

“Marine and freight transportation are key economic drivers for our state,” said CFIRE researcher Ernie Perry. “Wisconsin can benefit from its central market location, the state’s commodity base that is appropriate for the waterways movement, and its geographic setting on the Great Lakes and Mississippi River marine system.”

This year-long project will create a strategic plan and development initiatives that will help increase commercial development of Wisconsin’s ports and support local and statewide economic development. The CFIRE-led team will assess Wisconsin’s commercial port infrastructure, their current and potential markets, and related policies and programs. These assessments will be then be used to create a strategic action plan to attract sustainable markets, encourage community development, and support the economic growth of Wisconsin’s commercial ports.

For more information about this project, contact Dr. Ernie Perry (608-890-2310; ebperry@wisc.edu)

The Gravity of Logistics: Building an Economy Conducive to Growing Business
Friday, December 6, 2013
Ramada Plaza Hotel
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The gravity of logistics is defined by the seamless and uninhibited flow of goods toward demand from manufacturers and markets. Mobility, a basic building block for growing the economy, depends on infrastructure that can support and sustain economic growth.

At this year’s Freight and Logistics Symposium, public, private, and academic professionals will discuss strategies to maintain the existing transportation infrastructure in Minnesota and the region. They also will discuss private and public sector perspectives on successes and challenges to the current supply chain.

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Inspecting the Mirror Lake Bridge

October 9, 2013

As part of her work on the Impact of OSOW on Complex Bridge Structures (CFIRE 08-03) project, CFIRE project assistant Sofia Puerto recently inspected another bridge in the company of a WisDOT crew. The Mirror Lake Bridge, in Sauk County, Wisconsin is a rigid steel rigid frame bridge that crosses Mirror Lake on I-90/94.

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