St. Louis Regional Freightway to host fall industry forum

Fighting Terrorism: The Role of the Regional Freight Network in the Event of a Complex Coordinated Terrorist Attack

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The St. Louis Regional Freightway will focus on the timely topic of terrorism at its Fall Industry Forum on Dec. 12th on the 6th floor Board Room at Bi-State Development Headquarters.

The East-West Gateway Council of Governments, St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS) and the United States Coast Guard will be there to talk about the regional plan they are developing and the capstone exercise for use in the event of a complex coordinated terrorist attack (CCTA).

“While we all hope that we never experience the devastation of a terrorist attack in the bi-state region,” Mary Lamie, executive director of St. Louis Regional Freightway said. “We have to recognize that the potential for such an incident exists and need to do what we can as a community to prepare.”

The panel discussion will focus on the importance of the region’s resilient and redundant multimodal freight network and its role in the event of a terrorist attack with multiple simultaneous targets and multiple weapons systems. The panelists include Dale Chambers, CCTA Grants Manager, STARRS; Althea de Guzman, Regional Program Manager, Hagerty Consulting; Nick Gragnani, Executive Director, STARRS; Matt Taylor, CCTA Training Coordinator, St. Louis Area Fusion Center; Captain Scott Stoermer, Commander, United States Coast Guard and Mary Lamie, Executive Director, St. Louis Regional Freightway.

“Given the St. Louis region’s vital role as a central freight transportation hub for the nation,” Lamie said. “Those plans have to include protecting our freight network.”

The Fall Industry Forum will be held from 8:30 am to 10:00 am on Dec. 12th at the Bi-State Development Headquarters, 6th floor Board Room, 211 N. Broadway, St. Louis, MO. The public is invited to attend and tickets are still available for purchase here.

The forum is sponsored by The Southern Illinois Builders Association and Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program.

About St. Louis Regional Freightway
The St. Louis Regional Freightway is a Bi-State Development enterprise formed to create a regional freight district and comprehensive authority for freight operations and opportunities within eight counties in Illinois and Missouri which comprise the St. Louis metropolitan area. Public sector and private industry businesses are partnering with the St. Louis Regional Freightway to establish the bi-state region as one of the premier multimodal freight hubs and distribution centers in the United States through marketing, public advocacy, and freight and infrastructure development. To learn more, visit