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Role of freight network in terrorist attack to be forum focus

The St. Louis Regional Freightway will focus on the timely topic of terrorism at its Fall Industry Forum on Dec. 12.

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

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 are Dale Chambers, CCTA grants manager, St. Louis Area Regional Response System (STARRS); Althea de Guzman, regional program manager, Hagerty Consulting; Nick Gragnani, executive director, St. Louis Area Regional Response System; Matt Taylor, CCTA training coordinator, St. Louis Area Fusion Center; Capt. Scott Stoermer, Commander, United States Coast Guard; and Mary Lamie, executive director, St. Louis Regional Freightway.

“While we all hope that we never experience the devastation of a terrorist attack in the bi-state region, we have to recognize that the potential for such an incident exists and need to do what we can as a community to prepare,” Lamie said. “Given the St. Louis region’s vital role as a central freight transportation hub for the nation, those plans have to include protecting our freight network.”

The Fall Industry Forum is sponsored by The Southern Illinois Builders Association and Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program.

It will be held in the Sixth floor Board Room at Bi-State Development Headquarters located at 211 North Broadway in St. Louis from 8:30 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Dec. 12.

The public is invited and tickets are still available for purchase. For more information about the event, contact Evan Glantz at (314) 982-1400, ext. 1877 or

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