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TRANSP Seminar: Daniel Pallme, Assistant Chief of Environment and Planning/ Freight and Logistics Future Freight Challenges in Tennessee

Date: Thursday, November 16

Time: 12:00 am

Location: 327 John D. Tickle Building


By the year 2040, Tennessee is expected to have an increase of around 40% in population growth from 2015. Additionally, tourism is the second largest industry to the state. Tennessee needs to address associated issues relating to this rapid growth for sustainable economic prosperity to Tennessee and its citizens. Dan’s freight role will address how the state is using technology, multi modal opportunities, policy changes, accelerator work, research and education to make sure current (and future) infrastructure can support the additional freight volumes that are associated with this growth. Technology is changing at a pace faster than ever and we must continue to prioritize safety and efficient movement of goods by looking outside of normal transportation channels.


Dan Pallme is the Assistant Chief of Freight and Logistics at the Tennessee Department of Transportation. In his role, he provides leadership on issues of rail, water and highway freight. The division serves as a liaison between TDOT and freight stakeholders in an effort to find opportunities to improve access for existing freight and appropriately prepare for the projected increases in freight as it moves in and out of the state. He received his Bachelors from the University of Memphis in transportation and a Masters from the University of Denver in Intermodal Transportation Management.

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