The southeastern United States is a nexus of freight activity, with extensive infrastructure and intermodal transportation networks. The industry accounts for a significant fraction (from 2% to more than 5% of statewide employment) of jobs region-wide. The region is expected to see significant increases in freight demand across all modes in the coming years, further underscoring its economic importance. In addition to increases in freight demand, an aging workforce, competition for skilled workers, and diversity issues create challenges in ensuring an adequate future labor supply in the industry. SETWC undertakes initiatives to support a right-sized and well-prepared regional freight/logistics workforce through focus on the following areas:

  • Identifying priority occupations and skills for the workforce of the future
  • Developing resources to connect job seekers to regional employment
  • Creating new programs to address gaps in available training and education
  • Addressing the new skillsets needed due to technology advancements and shifts in the labor market
  • Communicating resources to employers for providing real-time job opportunities to prospective workers



Center for Logistics, Trade, and Transportation 

Research and education center at the University of Southern Mississippi responding to Gulf-region government and industry stakeholders' need for the creation and dissemination of practical, cutting-edge, interdisciplinary knowledge and technologies to advance logistics, trade and transportation

Freight Transportation Leadership Academy 

University of Memphis hosted executive training program providing the foundation for industry executives to better themselves and their respective companies in transportation and related fields

Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute

Research and education center at the University of Memphis addressing critical issues affecting the planning, design and operation of the nation's intermodal freight transportation systems

Vaco Logistics

Executive search and placement for distribution, supply chain, and transportation

Transportation Research Board

The mission of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) is to promote innovation and progress in transportation through research.