Micro-Dynamics of Business Location and Growth and its Effects on the Transportation Network and Congestion in Georgia and the Southeast Region

The project will examine selected industries that are economically important to Georgia and to the broader Southeast region, and that are some of the important drivers of demand for transportation (road, rail and ports). Examining the link between the micro-dynamics of industrial location and growth and the demand for transportation is important for several reasons. A more efficient and less congested transportation system, for example, will mean lower costs for the industries, allowing them to attain higher levels of economic performance and be more competitive on a national global scale. A better performing and more competitive industrial sector, in turn, will spur greater economic development in Georgia and in the greater Southeast. region. To truly understand the complexities of transportation and its impacts, the researchers contend that one needs to focus on some of the core industries that generate demand for the various modes of transportation. The research is novel in its use of pooling new, as well as existing, data sources to explore the little understood linkages between the micro-foundation of industry dynamics and economic activity, along with the macro-congestion aspects of freight transport. The project will contain four distinct aspects important to providing a comprehensive understanding: They include: 1) a review of economic and financial incentives that the state of Georgia and other states in the Southeast region have provided to attract key companies and industries that provide large economic impact; 2) a focus on selected industries (e.g., automobiles) which have been an important target of policy initiatives; 3) a careful mapping of the supply-chain - particularly the automobile industry - by developing a taxonomy of the main component areas, and identifying major suppliers; 4) examining the demands of these flows of industry inputs and final products place on the transportation system, using predetermined data sources, to develop per unit of consumption and production transportation costs by mode of transport for the principlal commodities moved.


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Georgia Department of Transportation

    One Georgia Center
    600 West Peachtree Street, NW
    Atlanta, GA  United States  30308

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Performing Organizations:

    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

    School of Civil and Environmental Engineering
    Atlanta, GA  United States  30332

    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta

    School of Economics
    221 Bobby Dodd Way
    Atlanta, GA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Ghosal, Vivek

    Southworth, Frank

  • Start Date: 20120531
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20140815
  • Source Data: RiP Project 33719

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01640917
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Center for Transportation Systems Productivity and Management
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12GUTC12, A0-UTC-502
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jul 13 2017 1:01AM