The Role of Rail Service in Economic Development

  • 22 May 2019
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Webinar


  • Please note that if this rate is selected, you must register for at least one other webinar in this series to receive the discounted rate.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019

10:00-11:30 a.m.

The Role of Rail Service in Economic Development Webinar

OEDA is pleased to present a series of three webinars on Rail and Ohio Economic Development.

The webinar fee is $35.00 per webinar.  There is a discounted fee of $30 per webinar available if you will register for more than one webinar in this series of three. 

Dating back to the 19th century, railroading in the Buckeye State was critical to economic development. A lot has changed since the early days of statehood, but freight rail remains an economic driver. Today, Ohio has the fourth largest rail infrastructure, the second highest number of intermodal terminals in the nation, and is home to one of the highest concentrations of rail supply companies. Ohio’s 41 freight railroads operate over 5,132 miles of track and employ 6,914 in the Buckeye State. Ohio has been the center of rail and intermodal investment in recent years, to make the system more efficient and effective. (
  • The Rail webinar will cover a wide range of topics, including role of intermodals, main lines and short lines in Ohio’s economy, case studies on rail and shale and rail lines and industrial development.

  • Panelists in the Smart Mobility webinar are:
  • Matt Dietrich, Ohio Rail Development Authority (moderator)
  • Jeff Sunderland, Wheeling & Lake Erie Railway
  • Matt Cybulski, JobsOhio
  • Adam Hess, CSX Transportation, Senior Industrial Development Director
  • Paul Jeffers, Norfolk Southern Industrial Development Manager
  • Brian Tornes, Burgess and Niple Engineers

This webinar qualifies as an OEDI Elective, 1 hour of continuing education credit for candidates pursuing the Ohio Certified Economic Development credential.  The Ohio Economic Development Institute Courses are offered in partnership with JobsOhio and the Voinovich School of Ohio University.

OEDI appreciates the assistance from ODOT, the Ohio Rail Development Authority and JobsOhio in the development of this Webinar series.