Urban goods movement has long been considered a critical factor in the metropolitan economy. Despite its improtance, few regions have examined their goods movement network as an economic development asset or attempted to integrate transportation development with areawide economic development goals. Currently a growing number of representatives from business and industry are informing their local officials about the economic burdens they experience as a result of inefficient--or insufficient--goods movement facilities. Local officials are more strongly aware that business and industrial location decisions are not only directly tied to market access, but also to dependable transportation facilities for the distribution of their products to consumers. NARC worked with USDOT and US Department of Commerce to identify how regional officials can integrate goods movement planning with economic development objectives. Through the input of a project advisory committee, workshops, telephone interviews, and regional council reports, NARC has attempted to describe a process that can be used to: (1) formulate a coordinated goods movement/economic development strategy; and (2) implement components of the strategy through a partnership between public and private sectors. The guidebook describes this process and presents case studies of regions that have formulated strategies to encourage port development, facilitate goods movement in the central business district, and seek alternatives to rail abandonment. It is directed at regional policy makers and their staffs.

  • Corporate Authors:

    National Association of Regional Councils

    1700 K Street, NW, Suite 1306
    Washington, DC  United States  20006

    Department of Transportation

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Economic Development Administration

    14th Street, Between E St and Constitution Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Publication Date: 1984-12

Media Info

  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 108 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00451074
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: DOT-I-85-36 Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Nov 30 2003 12:00AM