The goods movement industry provides steady employment for more than 10 percent of Inland Empire’s workforce, representing almost 140,000 workers. Jobs related to logistics can lift a person out of poverty and they mean bread is on the table for hundreds of thousands of people in San Bernardino and Riverside counties. When the region’s economy was deeply in recession, logistics was virtually the only bright spot.
But the industry faces multiple challenges, and the Inland Empire Logistics Council is working hard to address these issues. The movement of goods by truck and train is being blamed for problems that run from air quality to congestion, yet people – including many of those who make policy decisions at the highest levels in California – do not seem to want to address the point that the poverty caused by hindering the development of these jobs is the biggest problem of all.
With help from its Logistics Council, the Inland Empire Economic Partnership is changing that, by getting seats at the statewide tables that have not been paying attention to the Inland area’s concerns. We recognize that there are problems stemming from goods movement that should be discussed. But we insist that our economic issues be recognized as well, and we are pleased to note that the tide seems to be turning in that direction.