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Data Co-op Project, Michigan Tech and LSSA, 2018-2019

As of 1/5/2018, Michigan Economic Development Corporation confirmed availability of funding through a contract to be put in place with Alger County, Michigan, a Northwoods Rail Transit Commission member. These and other funds provided through Michigan Technological University are supporting collection and analysis of Actionable Shipper Data for existing and potential freight to support lighter density rail lines in the Great Lakes Forests Region ("GLFR").

The Lake States Shippers Association ("LSSA") Data Co-op Committee ("DCC") held a "Kick-Off Meeting" on 2/9/2018 and initial progress status call-in on 4/4/2018 with others to follow through 2018 to the scheduled conclusion of first phase of the Data Co-op Project in 2019. In anticipation of a positive "proof of concept" in Phase 1 of the Project, LSSA's Focus Group has begun exploring funding options for Phase 2 (the scope of which will be defined by results of Phase 1). Kick-Off Meeting, Michigan Tech Presentation.

LSSA DCC's objective, again, is to address the follow question:

To what extent will co-operative coordination of multi-shipper freight lanes provide sufficient volume, consistency and balance that will yield transportation efficiencies and increasingly competitive and sustainable rates and services from railroads and truckers serving the forest products and other industries of the Great Lakes Forests Region?

Confidentiality Agreement, Michigan Tech and LSSA:

MI Tech Data Submission Instructions and Template Samples:

* Samples only, spreadsheets available on request.

Exploring Uses and Expansion of LSSA Aggregated Shipper Data:

























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