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CITT’s signature event is a Point/Counterpoint dialogue on trade issues. It is an educational forum in which different perspectives on a pertinent issue of interest are presented. The format allows for a comprehensive in-depth treatment of a topic in a neutral setting.  It will be an informative and lively exchange of information, all done in the spirit of education.  The objective is to understand fully the facts and various perspectives on the topic in an educational, neutral format and to allow the audience to further explore the topic through question and answer.

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Point/Counterpoint 2012

The Future of Southern California Goods Movement: Will We Survive or Thrive in 2025?
Date: Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Time: 6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Carpenter Performing Arts Center
California State University, Long Beach

The Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach are projected to more than double in growth of containerized goods by 2025 to 25 million twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs).  The point/counterpoint question that will be addressed is "Are we ready or not ready to accommodate the projected growth?"

To set the stage, the forum will open with a video featuring two fictitious and extreme alternatives.  The video has been developed by CSULB's Advanced Media Productions Center and the CITT Policy & Steering Committee.  One scenario describes how the Southern California goods movement industry learned from the past and how stakeholders came together to plan for growth while improving quality of life. The other scenario presents a world where the region has lost discretionary cargo to the detriment of the local economy and quality of life.

The program will continue with a panel discussion on which alternative future is likely to occur.  Jeannie Beckett, Principal at The Beckett Group, represents industry and also has the viewpoint outside the local area.  Mortimer Downey, Senior Advisor at Parsons Brinckerhoff, represents a national policy perspective and will share examples of successes and failures from other states and regions.  Gill V. Hicks, Senior Associate and Director of Southern California Operations at Cambridge Systematics, brings to the table his expertise in collaboration and in port and trade issues.  Serving as moderator and overseeing the audience question and answer session is Dr.  Genevieve Giuliano, Senior Associate Dean, Price School of Policy, Planning and Development, University of Southern California.