2018 National Planning Conference

Jamaica's Recipe for Logistics Hub Success

Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 2:45 p.m. - 4 p.m. CDT

Location: 206

CM | 1.25

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC188122


  • How planners can contribute to global transportation and logistics-based economic growth
  • Strategies to assess transportation, infrastructure, land use, and policy on a national level
  • How policy and regulatory implementation differs in Jamaica when compared to the United States


Jamaica’s Logistics Hub Initiative (JLHI) capitalizes on the country’s strategic geographic location and maritime and aviation infrastructure to transform the Caribbean island-nation into the world’s next global transshipment and logistics hub. The JLHI aims to reach global hub status, like Singapore and Dubai, creating a gateway interconnecting the Americas to global markets. But what does it take to give Jamaica a competitive advantage? Learn from Jamaica’s process, as their planners and economists describe the “spicy curried chicken” of master plans, focused on integrated transportation and logistics-based redevelopment. The transformative ingredients? The stock is the strategic port and airport improvements. The rice and beans is a multimodal transportation network connecting business parks and logistics centers. The vegetables are new towns with walkable mixed-use centers, open space, and retraining centers. Lastly, the hot sauce is a policy and regulatory framework with enough incentives to entice transshipping giants, foreign investment, and job growth. Already in the oven, JLHI build out will dish up to $26 billion in economic growth; two new towns, including an aerotropolis; and more than 50,000 jobs and households. Gain insights on how transportation planning and logistics hubs can help fuel national economic growth.

Session Speakers

Eric E. Deans
Jamaica Special Economic Zone Authority
Kingston, 10

Paul Kent
Nathan Associates Inc.
Arlington, VA

Scott Keillor, AICP
Hood River, OR

John Bardi
Federal Way, Washington

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