Nevada joins rail coalition to address supply chain issues

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The Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development announced last week a partnership with OnTrackNorthAmerica, a nonprofit transportation policy organization, to create the Southwest Supply Chain Coalition.

The coalition will “better connect markets and lower costs, while at the same time addressing urgent climate change, safety and congestion issues,” according to an Aug. 30 press release.

GOED and OnTrackNorthAmerica will work with counterparts in California, Utah, and Arizona to promote the coalition. Landowners, developers, Realtors, transportation and energy service providers, government agencies, economic development professionals, shippers, ocean carriers, legislators, regulators, planners, and local elected leaders are all expected to participate, according to GOED.

“Supply chains extend beyond individual companies, beyond individual industries, and beyond state borders,” GOED Deputy Director Kris Sanchez said in a statement. “The supply chains of California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona are inextricably linked and growing chaotically.”

The purpose of the coalition is to develop a regional approach to coordinating planning of and investment in the supply chain transportation infrastructure that serves the commercial activities of each jurisdiction, which are mutually dependent for the production, import, export, delivery, and utilization of goods.

“California’s supply chains have expanded into Nevada, Arizona and Utah for warehousing, distribution and production,” Sanchez said. “Yet, there is only one warehouse in Nevada that is receiving or shipping goods by rail. Meanwhile, 70 percent of all trucks traveling in Nevada are coming from or going to California.”

The goal of OnTrackNorthAmerica is “to adopt whole-systems, regional and common-sense approaches to logistics and land use that will benefit all stakeholders,” according to the release.


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