Greetings from the Central North American Trade Corridor Association (CNATCA), and thank you for taking time to read our newsletter and visit our website! If ever there was a big, huge, glorious idea, creating the Central North American Trade Corridor is one. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as Chair of CNATCA and join with a dedicated and diverse board of directors to advance this important vision. It is my hope that by reinvigorating the CNATCA newsletter, we can communicate the issues and needs of the rural communities in the corridor from Canada, through the United States, into Mexico and beyond. An efficient transportation corridor through the heartland is an essential requirement for economic advancement. Its absence is an invisible throttle on opportunities that enable people to live and thrive in the small communities they call home or attract new residents. But there are many steps ahead of us to move the corridor from our hearts and minds into reality.
This project is huge in many dimensions, and the process is going to take a lot of dedicated people. People like Larry White, who graciously agreed to provide his profile for this edition. We will feature more profiles of the people in CNATCA so you can see the talent and expertise we have assembled. This project is eventually going to require action and support from corporations and governments, large and small, but we must never forget that our focus is on the people of the corridor. Larry is an excellent example of the dedicated professionals that are uniquely created by and positioned in the corridor.
CNATCA is planning to be a facilitator of dialogue and action on a number of fronts as we maintain our focus on promoting sustainable communities throughout the corridor. We have formed a Tourism Committee that seeks to enhance collaboration with that important economic sector. We are planning a symposium in spring of 2018 to focus on the intricacies of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and how communities in the corridor can benefit. We continue to maintain our engagement with the development of new technologies in transportation, including unmanned autonomous vehicles, drones, and freight. We are also keeping track of advancements in manufacturing and robotics and their impact on the work force. All of these issues are present and impactful in the Central North American Trade Corridor.
I’d like to encourage you to join our ranks. We need your support and membership to build our coalition across three countries. At the same time, we need your talent and energy as we address the shifting sands of politics, technology, and economic opportunities. Become a member today and let’s get to work on building this corridor!
US Director: Chairman