Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Program Manager Juan Villa was recently appointed to the International Trade Administration’s Advisory Committee on Supply Chain Competitiveness.
The committee was established in 2011 to provide the Secretary of Commerce with detailed advice on the elements of a comprehensive national freight infrastructure and freight policy to support U.S. supply chain and export competitiveness. The committee’s work is intended to further the Administration’s export, economic and job growth goals.
The committee has 45 private sector members with a balanced and broad range of interests, including representatives from supply chain firms or their associations, stakeholders, community organizations, others directly affected by the supply chain, and experts from academia.
“In addition to the Freight Movement and Policy subcommittee, I am going to be involved in the Trade Competitiveness subcommittee” said Villa, who manages TTI’s Mexico City Office. “One of the more interesting points that came out of our initial meeting on June 10 was the emphasis that the Department of Commerce is putting into North American trade, particularly trade and transportation with Mexico. This is good news for TTI because it provides us the opportunity to get involved with various stakeholders from private and public sectors, and understand their needs that could eventually lead to additional research work for the Institute.”