CAGTC turns 18; adds to Board

Written by Andrew Corselli, Managing Editor
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The Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC) recently elected two and re-elected four members to its Board of Directors, as the freight advocacy organization celebrated its 18th anniversary.

Elected to the CAGTC Board were Darin Chidsey, Chief Operating Officer, Southern California Association of Governments; and Captain John Murray, Chief Executive Officer & Port Director, Port Canaveral Port Authority.

Re-elected to the Coalition Board were: Rick Cameron, Deputy Executive Director, Port of Long Beach; Paul Hubler, Director of Government & Community Relations, Alameda-Corridor East Construction Project of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments; Glenn Miles, Executive Director, Kootenai Metropolitan Planning Organization; and Thomas Saunders, Director of Government Affairs, Ports America.

Board member Paul Anderson, Port Director, Port of Tampa Bay, was elected Vice Chairman; Cameron was elected Treasurer; and former Vice Chairman Hubler assumed the chairmanship.

“CAGTC’s leadership and membership continue to provide an important national voice advocating for the freight network’s critical role supporting U.S. economic competitiveness in the global marketplace,” stated CAGTC Chairman Tim Lovain, who has served as CAGTC Chairman since 2016 and will become Immediate Past Chairman. “As we celebrate 18 successful years promoting policy to improve U.S. freight transportation capabilities, I’ve been proud to serve with my fellow Board members and guide the organization during my tenure as Chairman.”

The 17-member Board is tasked with the development of CAGTC policy and is frequently called upon to offer guidance and perspective from their own organizations.

“CAGTC was a leading advocate for the $2 billion in annual federal funding authorized by Congress in the 2015 FAST Act for freight transportation infrastructure—the most significant new surface transportation program included in the Act. The FAST Act expires next year and with renewed interest in an infrastructure bill this year, I look forward to continuing CAGTC’s successful advocacy in my role as Chairman. We must work with Congress and the Administration to ensure robust and necessary federal investment and policies are provided to strengthen our nationally and regionally significant trade gateways and corridors,” said Hubler. “CAGTC has been dedicated to the cause of increasing federal commitment to freight infrastructure for the past 18 years. While our accomplishments are significant, our work as we seek to maintain American competitiveness in global markets and fix key trade chokepoints is far from complete. I look forward to working with CAGTC’s expert staff and our committed members in Washington, D.C., and around the nation in pursuit of our shared goals.”

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