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      Participants were welcomed to the Roundtable discussion and to the Dallas/Fort Worth region by Mr. Michael Morris (Director of Transportation, North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG)). Mr. Morris began his remarks by noting the importance of a partnership between the public and private sectors in addressing freight needs. He provided a number of statistics that illustrate the importance of freight to the region and the state. Mr. Morris concluded by highlighting provisions in MAP-21 and the proposed DRIVE act. Ms. Caroline Mays (Manager, TxDOT Freight Transportation Planning Branch) provided the TxDOT freight perspective. She highlighted key components of the Texas Freight Mobility Plan, which will be submitted for approval to the Texas Transportation Commission in the fall. Ms. Mays also thanked all the participants in advance for their participation in the Roundtable Discussion and stated that the large number of participants is a testimony of the progress that have been made in bringing both the private and public sector to the table in addressing freight needs and planning for future freight movements. Ms. Jolanda Prozzi (Research Supervisor for TxDOT Research Project 0-6089) reviewed the study objectives and the Roundtable Discussion objectives. She reviewed the structure of the Roundtable and encouraged everyone to participate and share their insight. The information shared will be used by the study team to develop a framework for TxDOT to inform proactive freight planning for the state. Ms. Prozzi’s remarks were followed by six presentations. The first four presentations discussed major trends that could potentially impact Texas’ business in the future. The last two presentations discussed the perspectives of businesses as shared with the study team during the conducted interviews. • Jeff Warner (TTI) presented data on Texas’ imports and exports and provided an overview of global trade trends. • Dr. Michael Cline (Rice University) presented the socio-demographic trends over the next forty years. • Megan Kenney (TTI) presented national and global environmental trends, including the impacts of extreme weather events and anticipated government, industry, and consumer responses. • Dr. Rajat Rajbhandari (TTI) reviewed current technologies that shippers and freight carriers use (e.g., RFID and GPS), services accessible to consumers that are reshaping demand for goods and services (e.g., e-commerce), and emerging technologies that have the potential to transform the supply chain (e.g., 3D printing, automated vehicles, and truck platoons). 8 • Arturo Bujanda and Juan Villa (TTI) presented on the perspectives of major industries in Mexico. • Dr. C. Michael Walton (CTR) presented on trends and their potential impact on major companies in the United States.
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