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PHOTO: Participants at CITT’s 2017 Town Hall at the Gerald Daniel Recital Hall on CSULB’s campus

On March 30th, the Center for International Trade and Transportation (CITT) hosted its 2017 Town Hall meeting on campus at the Gerald Daniel Recital Hall. Titled “20 Years of Goods Movement in Southern California: How We Got Here and Where We’re Going,” the event focused on the current state of trade and transportation both locally and globally; the challenges and possible solutions facing the industry; the importance of port collaboration; the impact of technology; and what the future holds.

Economist Paul Bingham reflected on previous Town Halls in a keynote address, followed by a lineup of experts with diverse perspectives on the state of the industry. They included CSULB Provost Brian Jersky, California State Assembly Member Patrick O’Donnell, industry veteran Gill Hicks, and University of Southern California professor and METRANS Director Dr. Genevieve Giuliano, among others.

“It’s through working together and addressing these challenges together that we’ve been able to come up with solutions, and have the successes that we’ve been able to achieve,” said panelist Heather Tomley, Director of Environmental Planning at the Port of Long Beach.

The Town Hall concluded with the presentation of the first Domenick Miretti Award, which was given to Norman Fassler-Katz, the Advisor to the California Select Committee on Ports. Fassler-Katz shared kind words about Miretti, as he took the stage to accept the award honoring the late ILWU liaison to the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Miretti regularly promoted the importance of collaboration between the industry and educational partners, and Fassler-Katz is carrying on his legacy by bringing together labor, industry, government, and educational leaders in the state’s goods movement industry.

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