Editorial: California’s Trade Dominance at Risk

While California has long been a vital leader creating trade and transportation trends, the state is becoming stymied by a variety of problems it can’t seem to solve. 

Southern California’s infamous highway gridlock, for example, not only torments the region’s logistics managers, but it may also be detrimental to regional job growth.

According to findings of a recent survey conducted by the Los Angeles County Business Federations (BizFed), employers named transportation as one of their top business concerns, second only to taxes and fees. Among 22 categories examined, transportation maintained its four-year upward trajectory on the list of top concerns, moving to the number two spot in 2016 from the number four spot in 2015. In 2013, transportation ranked as the number ten concern of employers.

“Employers are feeling the effects when their employees, customers and contractors spend four or more hours a day on the road,” said Tracy Hernandez, Founding CEO, BizFed. “Congestion and long commutes are resulting in major disruptions in productivity, goods movement, and recruiting and retaining employees.”

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