Article by Curt Hagman featured in the Orange County Register
Make no mistake: Southern California’s logistics industry is a critical economic driver, not just for the region, but for the state, the nation and the world.
Millions of jobs depend on it. In fact, more than one-third of all jobs in the six counties that comprise the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) region are connected — directly or indirectly — to the movement of goods.
It’s why SCAG, the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, should be applauded for taking the lead in advocating for greater investment in infrastructure, technology and systems to support this vital industry. While some are questioning whether we’ve gone too far, as a region, in expanding logistics and warehouse operations, the reality is that we are more reliant than ever on the trains, trucks, planes and fulfillment centers that enable the safe, efficient movement of goods through our region and across the nation.