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Profiles of the Change in Global Trade Patterns (1880-2040): Competing Gateways and Corridors
Councilman Bill Blaydes

Abstracts
In an environment where local economies are increasingly affected by trends in global commerce, it is nearly impossible to find any population that produces 100% of the products which it consumes. These products, which must be delivered to the consumer, have logistics and transportation costs associated with the movement and delivery of goods to the consumer. Therefore, to ensure that goods are affordable, it is critical that goods move from point of origin to the consumer in the most efficient manner. We must continue to make sensible and cost-effective upgrades and improvements to recognized transportation corridors, utilizing communication systems involving technology and the transfer of information to increase the capacity of goods moving along corridors without necessarily building expensive infrastructure. The important mission of the River of Trade Corridor Coalition is to protect, expand, and spur economic development and to mitigate congestion and facilitate environmental compliance along the goods movement and trade corridors bringing goods to and delivering them throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico.

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