The West Kentucky Alliance for a Vibrant Economy (WAVE) will hold it’s 2018 Confluence Conference at Columbus Belmont State Park on July 19-20, 2018 . The confluence will include panels and workshops consisting of local economic, political and business leaders discussing entrepreneurship, legislation and tourism issues in the potential change in the region. The 2018 conference will feature guest speaker Dan Pallme.
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. The primary focus areas for the division include water, short-line railroads, Section 130 rail program, rail inspection, highway freight and technology, freight advisory committees and the freight and state rail plan updates. He spent his entire career focused in the transportation sector. He is truly multi-modal with his 30 plus year career spanning several modes. He has worked for Federal Express (air), Yellow Freight System (LTL), Union Pacific Railroad (rail), and Comtrak Logistics (Intermodal / Truckload). After his private sector experience, he spent 5 years at the Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute at the University of Memphis on various projects relating to freight issues. He created the Freight Transportation Leadership Academy among other programs relating to his multi-modal influence and background. He has served as principal investigator for The University of Memphis’ participation in several major intermodal freight transportation studies which address issues related to analyzing system capacities and needs and developing recommendations for enhancing freight movement and supporting economic development. Additionally, he is on many projects to better the community, industry or the impact of technology on the industry. His national contacts have been used in several of these projects and frequently asked to participate in projects sharing in the real-world experience between the various modes. He received his Bachelors from the University of Memphis in transportation and a Masters from the University of Denver in Intermodal Transportation Management.