Logistics Summit Kicks off with Colts Monday Night Football Tailgate Reception

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Conference to feature presentations by Indianapolis Colts, Google, GE Aviation, NCAA, Indy Car and discussions closing the skills gap, infrastructure solutions and emerging technologies, including delivery drones

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“Indiana's robust transportation infrastructure and central location create tremendous logistical advantages for businesses that move products by air, rail, truck and water." -Ports of Indiana CEO Rich Cooper.

There is something for everyone at the 2015 Indiana Logistics Summit as top executives from Google, GE Aviation, Indianapolis Colts, Fair Oaks Farms, NCAA, Harvard Business School, IndyCar and others will be featured speakers at the 13th annual event on Tuesday, Sept. 22, in the Indiana Convention Center. The Summit will bring 300 leaders to Indianapolis to hear educational presentations about logistics from a variety of industries and to celebrate the Indianapolis Colts’ home opener on Monday Night Football.

In conjunction with a “Logistics in Sports” segment, the evening reception for Summit attendees will be held on Monday, Sept. 21, at The Crane Bay as part of the Colts VIP Tailgate leading up to the Colts game versus the New York Jets. Tickets to the reception are complimentary with Summit registration, and include a Morton Steakhouse buffet, cocktail bars hosted by Jim Beam, visits from Colts cheerleaders and former players, the live broadcast site for the Colts’ pregame show, an NFL memorabilia auction and much more.

The Indiana Logistics Summit is co-hosted by Purdue University, the Ports of Indiana and Conexus Indiana to promote the logistics industry and showcase the critical role this sector plays in the national economy. Some topics to be featured at this year’s program include:

  •     The Role of Logistics in Attracting Indiana’s Mega Projects
  •     A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Logistics in Sports
  •     Closing the Skills Gap to Improve U.S. Competitiveness
  •     New Solutions for the National Transportation Infrastructure Crisis
  •     Emerging Technologies: Unmanned Systems, Smart Drones and What’s Next?

There will also be a special “Logistics U” program for high school students to learn about career and educational opportunities in logistics.

“This is a can’t-miss event for anyone interested in logistics, sports, drones or the future of our economy,” said Rich Cooper, CEO for the Ports of Indiana. “Logistics is something that Indiana knows very well. Our robust transportation infrastructure and central location create tremendous logistical advantages for businesses that move products by air, rail, truck and water. The Summit celebrates the importance of this industry and provides an important platform for informative discussions among businesses, leaders and transportation professionals. This year’s program will offer a diverse group of topics that will appeal to a broad audience.”

The Summit program opens with the Keynote Breakfast featuring a presentation titled “Grass to Glass Logistics” by Mike McCloskey, the CEO of Select Milk Producers and owner of Fair Oaks Farms, one of the nation’s largest dairies. The Northwest Indiana dairy recently announced a new partnership venture with Coca-Cola that is aimed at revolutionizing milk consumption across the country.

There will also be an inside look at the Indianapolis Colts’ ‘Midnight Move’ from Baltimore, the NCAA’s coordination of 90 national championships per year, and a preview of the ‘100th Running of the Indianapolis 500.’ Emerging technologies will be explored in a futuristic session focused on the development of drone delivery systems, the launch of the state’s first college major in unmanned vehicles and companies with real-world applications for drones in logistics. Top national experts will also share recommendations for how businesses, government and academia can help address two of the biggest challenges facing the logistics industry – aging transportation infrastructure and workforce development in closing the skills gap.

To find additional information about the Summit and to register online, visit http://www.indianalogistics.com.

Early Bird Registration is open until July 31:

  •     Summit registration includes Evening Reception, Keynote Breakfast and Networking Lunch.
  •     Registration Fee: $175/person; Early Bird through July 31: $150/person
  •     Group rates are available by contacting Liz Folkerts: 317-232-9205
  •     Registration is available online at http://www.indianalogistics.com or by phone: (765) 494-7221
  •     Tickets to the reception are complimentary with Summit registration and game tickets may also be purchased on the Summit registration webpage.

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Media Contact: Rich Allen, (317) 232-9204, rallen(at)portsofindiana(dot)com

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