Local experts will talk about logistics as an industry sector critical to Southern Arizona’s economic development at the Pima County Workforce Investment Board meeting on Friday, June 14.
Speakers will include members of the Southern Arizona Logistics Education Organization (SALEO), created to educate, promote and grow the transportation and logistics industry by networking with logistics service providers and users in the Arizona-Mexico region. For more information, go to www.saleo.org/.
Southern Arizona’s inland port – the Port of Tucson at the Century Park Research Park, near Interstate 10 and South Kolb Road – last month celebrated the arrival of a container that traveled to Tucson from China over a span of 20 days, without ever touching a highway.
The Port of Tucson is working with Union Pacific to offer international service that allows the transfer of cargo containers directly onto trains that run between Long Beach, Calif., and Tucson. Rail container can carry 20 percent more freight than shipping via truck, and at lower freight rates.
Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry said the port advances the goal of making Southern Arizona a logistics hub for the entire Southwest region and for northern Mexico.
The meeting will begin at 7:30 a.m. in Rooms 109-112 at Pima Community College’s Community Campus, 401 N. Bonita Ave. It usually concludes by 9 a.m. and is open to the public.
The Pima County Workforce Investment Board is authorized by the U.S. Department of Labor and appointed by the Pima County Board of Supervisors to provide recommendations on local workforce policy and oversight of the Pima County One-Stop Career Center. One-Stop connects eligible job-ready youth, adult and dislocated workers with employers in local growth, high-demand industry occupations. It includes representatives of local businesses, nonprofits and educational institutions.
For more information, please visit http://www.pima.gov/ced/agencies-workforce-investment-board.shtml.