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1197The Navy League's Pacific Merchant Marine Council supports CAGTC!

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  • Pacific Merchant Marine Council
    May 2, 2012
    Members and Friends,
    The Pacific Merchant Marine Council continues to move forward within the maritime industry.
    We have been a supporter the past few years of the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC).
    Its goals are our our council goals! Now we have "Ally" status with CAGTC! Our PMMC About Us 2012, attached, has been updated accordingly.
    Please check out the informative website http://www.tradecorridors.org.
    I would appreciate a reply message back from members attending CAGTC's 2012 Annual Meeting, May 9.
    Heave Ho,
    ----- Original Message -----
    Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2012 11:20 AM
    Subject: RE: The Navy League's Pacific Merchant Marine Council supports CAGTC!

    Hi Phelps,


    Thanks again for following up and my apologies for neglecting to get back to you sooner. We would be happy to grant The Pacific Merchant Marine Council, Navy League of the United States “Ally status” and we really appreciate your interest in the Coalition and our shared goals.


    Again, thanks for reaching out!




    From: Pacific Merchant Marine Council [mailto:pmmc@...]
    Sent: Monday, April 02, 2012 12:39 PM
    To: Elaine Nessle
    Subject: The Navy League's Pacific Merchant Marine Council supports CAGTC!


    Elaine Nessle
    Director of Operations & Advocacy
    Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors
    1111 19th Street, NW
    Suite 800
    Washington, DC 20036
    Tel: 202-828-9100
    Fax Number: 202-463-2471

    Dear Elaine:
    The Pacific Merchant Marine Council, Navy League of the United States, supports the Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC). Its goals our our council goals!

    Freight transportation is the backbone of America’s commerce. Freight traffic within the United States' borders will likely increase 100% by 2020. During that same period of time, foreign trade is expected to increase by 187% and containerized cargo an estimated an explosive 350% increase. Rapidly accelerating trade combined with domestic growth has created a $10 trillion U.S. commodity flow that produces millions of jobs and a higher standard of living for our population. Without the ability to quickly and cost effectively move goods into, out of and through the United States, America will not be able to maintain our standard of living and high employment levels.
    To help address these needs of expeditiously moving freight within our nation's borders, the council supports CAGTC’s call for a national freight program with dedicated freight funding.
    The work is particularly important now, as Congress considers the next surface transportation authorization in the midst of challenging economic times. We cannot let freight fade to the background while the discussion focuses on how best to divide limited funds through formula programs. Trade and goods movement is too important to our economy and to job creation to be relegated to a footnote in this most important piece of legislation being considered by Congress. 
    We look forward to working with CAGTC as an "Ally" to help keep freight transportation at the center of the coming surface transportation authorization discussions.


    Phelps Hobart, President

    Pacific Merchant Marine Council

    Navy League of the United States




    PO Box 191403
    Sacramento CA 95819-1403
    (916) 739-6949 | (916) 955-3972 cell |


    The Pacific Merchant Marine Council, The Maritime

    Logistics Council, was chartered 11 December 2006.

    Its an advocate for the United States maritime industry.

    ----- Original Message -----
    Sent: Wednesday, May 02, 2012 9:35 AM
    Subject: CAGTC: 2012 Annual Meeting - May 9 - Register Today!


    CAGTC logo

    CAGTC 2012 Annual Meeting
    Dear Phelps,

    Register today for the Coalition's 2012 Annual Meeting, being held May 9 in Washington, DC. The May 9 session from 8 am - 12:30 pm in the Russell Senate Building is still open for registration, as is the Goods Movement Reception taking place that evening. The Library of Congress Media Panel Luncheon is now full but we are accepting names for the wait list. Please register by emailing Elaine Nessle at enessle@....

    Meeting highlights include:

    • A Goods Movement cocktail reception featuring comments from several Members of Congress, including House T&I Chairman John Mica (R-FL), Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA), Rep. Thomas Petri (R-WI), Rep. Jim McDermott (D-WA), Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Rep. James Lankford (R-OK), Rep. Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Rep. Pete Sessions (R-TX), and Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX).
    • Keynote remarks from USDOT FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez.
    • A debate-style panel arguing the pros and cons of a national freight fee. Larry Ehl of Transportation Issues Daily will be moderating the panel, and panelists include Joshua Schank (President and CEO, Eno Center for Transportation), Jack Schenendorf (Of Counsel, Covington & Burling LLP), Shirley Ybarra (Senior Transportation Policy Analyst, Reason Foundation), and Frank Harder (Principal, The Tioga Group).
    • A Senate staff panel moderated by Jeff Davis of Transportation Issues Daily, featuring Tom Lynch (of Senator Max Baucus' office & Majority Subcommittee Staff Director, Senate EPW Committee), Mike Meenan (Minority Staff, Senate Commerce Committee), and Ian Jefferies, (Majority Staff, Senate Commerce Committee).
    • A close look at California's "Beat the Canal!" strategy presented by Paul Bingham (Economics Practice Leader, CDM Smith) and Gill Hicks (Director of Southern California Operations, Cambridge Systematics).
    • A presentation on the recently-released NADO report, "Freight Transportation and Economic Development: Planning for the Panama Canal Expansion"

    To view the full agenda, please follow this link: http://tradecorridors.org/annual-meeting

    Elaine Nessle

    Director, Operations and Advocacy

    Coalition for America's Gateways & Trade Corridors

    1111 19th Street, NW

    Suite 800

    Washington, DC 20036

    Phone: 202-828-9100


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