July 24, 2014  

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Logistics, Trade and Transportation Professionals Converge for Industry Summit

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Mississippi District 13 Senator and Chairman of the Highway and Transportation Committee, Willie Simmons, served as the featured speaker for The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) Industry Advisory Council Summit on Thursday at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach. Simmons discussed game changing events in Mississippi’s transportation and economy.

Continuing a commitment to promote common goals between higher education and industry, The University of Southern Mississippi’s Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation (CLTT) invitedindustry professionals to its Industry Advisory Council (IAC) Summit Thursday at the university’s Gulf Park campus in Long Beach.

The summit featured guest speaker Mississippi District 13 Senator and Chairman of the Highway and Transportation Committee, Willie Simmons, who discussed game changing events in Mississippi’s transportation and economy. In addition, Simmons, who serves on eight Senate committees, expressed his appreciation to the CLTT for its research and academic support.

“To have this center capable of doing research on our trade and transportation, and to give us adequate information, will help us in our future as we go forward with transportation,” said Simmons.

Following Simmons was CLTT director Dr. Tulio Sulbaran, who provided an update of the center’s accomplishments since its inception nearly three years ago. In addition to those accomplishments, Sulbaran expressed the goals of the CLTT for industry professionals to understand where additional support may be needed. Sulbaran added that industry support can in turn “help to meet the needs of Mississippi.”

“Representatives from both the public and private sectors were on hand for the summit,” said Sulbaran. “They were pleased that the master’s degree for logistics, trade and transportation is fully operational and we already have students pursuing the degree. We are pleased that with our center’s success, the industry professionals are interested in continuing to support the progress of the center.”

The CLTT, which provides a competitive advantage to industry and government agencies through its multidisciplinary activities, is the result of an integrated effort of industry, government and the university.

For more information about the Southern Miss Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation, visit www.usm.edu/logistics-trade-transportation.