Minnesota Freight Advisory Committee (MFAC)
The mission of MFAC is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and addressing of issues between Mn/DOT and the private sector to develop and promote a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible freight transportation system for the state. www.dot.state.mn.us/ofrw/mfac/mfac.html
Center for Transportation Studies (CTS) Research Council on Transportation and the Economy
This Council examines how transportation is related to the economy, looking at topics concerning imports/exports, community linkages, logistics, telecommunications, economic development, public policy, the global economy, etc. Faculty representatives from the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute, Carlson School of Management, Geography, Agricultural and Applied Economics, Economics and other disciplines join non-university representatives on this Council. Mn/DOT Office of Freight and Commercial Vehicle Operations is represented on this Council.
Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals (CSCMP)
CSCMP is a not-for-profit professional business organization whose purpose is to enhance the development of the logistics profession with educational opportunities and relevant information through a variety of programs, services and activities. Mn/DOT's Freight Unit participates through representation on the local CSCMP "Roundtable" Education Committee. www.cscmp.org.
Midwest Shippers Association (MSA)
MSA was created through an appropriation made by the 2001 Minnesota Legislature to develop an organization designed to facilitate direct trade for Minnesota agricultural producers to end users, primarily in the international marketplace. MSA executive and steering committees are made up of member farmers/producers and appropriate representation from Minnesota government agencies including Mn/DOT. MSA submitted their application for grant money under a rural development program of the USDA on 10/28/03. Mn/DOT has provided a letter of support for the application. www.mnshippers.org.
Mississippi Valley Freight Coalition
This regional organization cooperates in the planning, operation, preservation, and improvement of transportation infrastructure in the 10-state Mississippi Valley region that share key interstate corridors, rail infrastructure, and inland and Great Lakes waterways. www.mississippivalleyfreight.org.