OKI hosted the OKI Conference on Freight at the Hyatt Regency Cincinnati Sept. 5-7. This was the second freight conference completely planned and conducted by OKI staff while managing their regular agency tasks and responsibilities.

An air cargo hub tour at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport kicked off the festivities. The conference had three keynotes and eight breakout panel sessions focused on the most critical topics, tools and trends impacting the movement of goods today across every freight mode. The keynotes:

  • The Resurgence of CVG: Remaking a Legacy Passenger Hub into The Future Air Cargo Port and Beyond – Brian Cobb, chief innovation officer of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
  • A Riverside Chat: Freight and the Brent Spence Bridge – Secretary Jim Gray of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Director Jack Marchbanks of the Ohio Department of Transportation
  • Beyond The Hype: Where are We Really in Terms of A.I. and Freight? – Stephen Mensah, associate/traffic engineer, Stantec Consulting Services Inc.; Mike Ferritto, factory manager, Nestle Purina North America-Williamsburg Township, Ohio; Bill Eisele, associate agency director and senior research engineer, Texas A&M Transportation Institute

For the first time in Ohio Freight Conference history, the final luncheon session and grand finale involved six freight lightning talk presenters who — with only five minutes each — highlighted a freight topic of interest to them with audience members.

The OKI Conference on Freight was made possible through partnerships with the Ohio Association of Regional Councils, Mid-Ohio Reginal Planning Commission, Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating, JobsOhio, Ohio Department of Transportation, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, Central Ohio River Business Association, and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

In addition, the 2023 annual meetings of the Mid America Freight Coalition and Institute for Trade and Transportation Studies were held in conjunction with the event. The Ohio River Coalition of Ohio and Ohio Freight Advisory Committee also held fall meetings during the conference. All this support contributed to over 230 attendees from 20 states across the Midwest, Southeast and Eastern U.S. — making the event
“the Freight Conference of 2023”!