Last week, Governor McDonnell announced the establishment of the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Logistics Systems (CCALS) in Prince George County, Va.
This public-private alliance will focus on solving logistics challenges and bringing solutions to market more quickly by partnering Virginia’s leading universities and logistics companies. Founding members include Longwood University, UVA, VCU, VSU, Logistics Management Resources, and LMI.
The expertise of the founding members includes a variety of disciplines within the logistics industry, such as supply chain risk management, modeling and simulation, large-scale data management, enterprise system integration, and workforce development.
To foster a collaborative research environment, the CCALS facility is expected to include computation and large-scale data mining laboratories, as well as a production warehouse for advanced simulation experiments.
In addition to bringing solutions to market more quickly, CCALS will allow industry members to influence the curriculum and workforce development programs at participating universities, as well as obtain access to the quality pipeline of graduates entering Virginia’s workforce each year.
CCALS complements Central Virginia’s existing logistics hub, which already includes the U.S. Army’s Logistics University at Fort Lee, two Amazon.com distribution centers, and significant UPS and FedEx operations.
Virginia continues to build upon the reputation of its premier logistics network, which includes six interstate highways, nine commercial airports, 14 railroads, including two Class I lines, and the International Port of Virginia, which is the only East Coast location in the U.S. able to handle post-Panamax vessels as first port of call.
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