NASCO Conference Report
North America’s Super Corridor Coalition (NASCO)
North America’s Super Corridor Coalition (NASCO) is an organization dedicated to increasing economic development activity bysupporting initiatives aimed at improving multimodal infrastructures, technology and security innovations. NASCO’s mission is tostimulate dialogue between the public and private sectors about critical corridor-wide trade and transportation challenges.The NASCO corridor encompasses multimodal transportation infrastructure on or in close proximity to U.S. Interstate Highways 35, 29and 94, and the significant connectors to those highways in Canada and Mexico.NASCO was created 13 years ago along when several other Corridor organizations were also formed. The initial purpose of theorganization was to lobby for infrastructure along the corridor. Today the organization offers a broader spectrum of activities frompromotion of free trade, to research into educational needs for their industry partners. The organization produces regular updates andnewsletters for their membership.Through interaction and exchanging of information and problems, concerns, experiences and relationships, NASCO and its membersare able to drive projects forward that the private sector and public sector players find difficult to achieve on their own. NASCO has athirteen-year track record of successful advances in policies, projects and accomplishments.NASCO members include cities, counties, states, provinces and private sector representatives located along the corridor and its branchnetworks throughout Canada, the United States, and Mexico.The effectiveness of cargo movements along the NASCO Corridor directly impacts North America’s continental trade flow, the largest inthe world:
Total commerce of the three NAFTA nations is approximately $1 trillion a year.
More than $190 billion a year moves between the NASCO Corridor States, Canada and Mexico.
In 2006, the U.S. transportation system carried goods for export worth $364 billion and imports worth $502 billion in trade withCanada and Mexico.
Between 1996 and 2006, U.S. merchandise freight with our NAFTA partners more than doubled in value, increasing from $419billion to $866 billion.More information on NASCO can be found at www.nascocorridor.com.