|Industrial area in Denver. Image credit: Flickr|
Freight is an ever-increasingly important section of transportation, and the need to include it in long range planning efforts is becoming more apparent. There have been pushes to create "freight-oriented development", co-locating different supply chain partners near transportation nodes and other key means of production. Despite these efforts, few American efforts have had the success planned. Research done by the Center for Neighborhood Technology, the Partnership for Sustainable Ports, and Aerotropolis Business Concepts, has started to push to move from a "what and how" frame-of-mind to a "who and why" reference. To do this, planners must ask questions like "are there missing industries in teh regional economy that may be attracted to partners already available in the region?", "are supply chain partners struggling with transportation costs?", and what workforce competencies and complementary technologies are available to make these productivity gains a reality?"
To find out more about the steps to scope a cargo-oriented development assessment and other FODs, read the article by Chandler Duncan.