This year, the Brookings Institute will highlight the advancement of their Global Cities Initiative, which aims to enable metropolitan leaders to integrate goods movement into their broader economic development agendas. The conference will also focus on technology, and how the logistics industry is finding new and innovative ways to create inefficiencies. In addition, the scope of this year’s conference will include a specialized track on infrastructure projects in Florida and the Americas and the increasing use of Public Private Partnerships as a financing mechanism for them. Lastly, the conference will give special focus to one of Florida’s best kept secrets: manufacturing. Overall, the conference program is designed to showcase Florida’s assets and the opportunity to leverage trade as an engine of economic development.