The 31st Annual Midwest Regional & Short Line Summer Conference was a success!

The Minnesota Regional Railroads Association Summer Conference took place on July 15-17, 2018 at Madden’s Resort in Brainerd, Minnesota. 

The annual Midwest Short Line and Regional Railroads Conference happens every year in July. Our gathering draws approximately 150 railroad management, employees, suppliers, and shippers, as well as a number of local, state, and national officials.  This year’s conference featured keynote speakers on engaging topics important to the industry, peppered with fun activities offered by Madden’s including a kickoff Golf tournament on Sunday.

It is time for a New North American Rail Strategy!  2018’s theme, “Railroads Beyond the Renaissance,” offered a chance to understand what the industry must do to regain its position in the transportation market.  We heard from leading industry analysts as well as lawmakers and government regulators.  Breakout sessions looked at ways that small railroads can use Big Data, learn where to get funding for locomotive upgrades, and better manage your workforce in a changing employment environment.  In addition, we heard the latest on what happened (or didn’t happen) at the State Legislature, and received some interesting developments about election season.

A reminder to all registrants that you must reserve your hotel accommodations separately from this sign up and they are not included in your conference registration fee.

Questions about becoming a vendor or sponsoring the event for future conferences? Contact the host!