METRANS  News Brief
April 27, 2020
AAPA Elects Mario Cordero As Its Next Board Chairman
METRANS congratulates Mario Cordero on his recent appointment as the next Chairman of the Board of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). Among his many professional activities, Cordero is a valued member of the METRANS Advisory Board.

“It’s truly an honor to be selected as chairman-elect of the AAPA at a time of tremendous challenges and changes within the goods movement industry,” Cordero said. “I look forward to collaborating with our organization’s members to focus on long-term growth, economic stability, jobs and sustainability so that we can all move toward a successful future."

Cordero has been serving as Executive Director of the Port of Long Beach since May 2017 and the AAPA’s Vice Chairman since 2018. He previously served as a Port of Long Beach Harbor Commissioner. Among his priorities was the establishment of the Port of Long Beach's Green Port Policy. He is also a former Chair of the Federal Maritime Commission.

Cordero also has more than 30 years of experience practicing law, specializing in workers’ compensation cases. He has taught political science at Long Beach City College focusing on California politics and is a graduate of California State University, Long Beach.
Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue Addresses COVID-19 Impacts on Global Trade 
A Slide From Professor Rodrigue's Presentation " Coronavirus Impacts on Trade and Supply Chains"
When METRANS Director Genevieve Giuliano was organizing the agenda for the METRANS Advisory Board meeting to be held virtually in early April, she wanted to focus on the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on global goods movement. She immediately thought of Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, a research partner in the METRANS-led MetroFreight Center of Excellence.
“Professor Rodrigue is one of the world’s experts in international trade. He has researched just about every aspect of trade, including the potential impact of a pandemic some 15 years ago. I knew he would be the right person to tell us what we can expect from the coronavirus,” explained Giuliano. 

Rodrigue joined the Zoom meeting that day to present “Coronavirus Impacts on Trade and Supply Chains.” A key concept of the presentation focused on the links between the emergence of the pandemic and the connectivity of locations, particularly what Dr. Rodrigue characterized as “the curse of connectivity.” Using the spread of COVID-19 in the Chinese city of Wuhan, he stated that the emergence of the disease within a hub of trade and transportation connectivity allowed the disease to “immediately move internationally based on the connectivity of China and Wuhan itself."
Jean-Paul Rodrigue received a Ph.D. in Transport Geography from the Université de Montréal (1994) and has been a professor at Hofstra University since 1999. His research interests cover the fields of transportation and economics as they relate to logistics and global freight distribution. 

To watch the presentation, click here.

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Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue 
4th VREF Conference on Urban Freight
Revised Deadline for Call for Abstacts -- APRIL 30

4th VREF Conference on Urban Freight
Urban freight and liveable cities: Interactions between planning,
design and business for scalable innovations

OCTOBER 14-16, 2020, Gothenburg, Sweden

Call for Abstracts

Revised deadline: April 30
Revised notice of Acceptance: June 1

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