TDL Council



Robert "Bobby" Hitt, Secretary, SC Department of Commerce,
Doug Frate, Deputy Secretary for Intermodal Planning, SC Department of Transportation, Jim Newsome, CEO, SC State Ports Authority

TDL Council Leadership

Regional Chairs



The TDL Council got its start in 2008 when New Carolina convened a Summit, where over 50 TDL industry leaders gathered to discuss growing distribution and logistics services in South Carolina. That first Summit produced a strategic communications plan to address industry challenges; since then, the TDL Council was created and has been working alongside New Carolina to sustain the competitive edge of this industry. 

Officially launched in 2011, the Council brings together public and private entities with a common vision of being the top TDL state in the country when the Panama Canal expansion is completed in 2015. Of the 30 governing members, three seats are reserved for the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the South Carolina Department of Transportation, and the South Carolina Ports Authority. The remaining 27 seats are reserved for private sector industry representatives from air, land, sea, and rail, including railroads, major airports, freight trucking, logistics and warehousing companies, industry customers and supply chain support companies. More about membership.


The TDL industry in South Carolina will strengthen our state’s economy, create jobs, attract investment, and become a global leader in transportation, distribution, and logistics.


The TDL Council creates champions, engages stakeholders, and provides a mechanism to support and guide industry activity and investment.

Annual South Carolina TDL Summit

Since 2011, the TDL Council and New Carolina have presented the annual South Carolina TDL Summit, an event that brings together political and business leaders from around the state to review the latest national trends, celebrate industry successes, and discuss the critical issues that need to be solved to move our state forward. 

The 2014 SC TDL Summit will be held Thursday, April 24 in Columbia. For more information, including ticket information, visit or contact Kristin Hamilton

Success Stories

Since the TDL Council's inception in 2011, a number of significant successes have occurred within the industry, which include:
  • A renewed focus and commitment from SC's political, public and business leaders on working together to grow SC's TDL cluster. For the first time ever, The Department of Commerce, Department of Transportation and SC Ports Authority are gathered at the same table with users and providers of Air, Sea, Rail and Road freight transportation with a goal of solving common problems. 
  • State legislature enacted revisions to the Economic Development Statutes to better encourage and incentivize warehousing and distribution, and port-related be competitive with out neighboring states. 
  • The establishment of privately-funded warehousing and distribution facility infrastructure in the Lowcountry to compete with state-owned facilities being offered in other states. 
  • Creation of the Division of Intermodal and Freight Programs within the SC DOT by the state legislature.
  • Positioning for equal dual rail access at North Charleston port terminals.
  • Inclusion of the SC DOT Secretary on the Coordinating Council at the Department of Commerce, and on the State Ports Authority Board.
  • The opening of the inland Port in Greer, expanding the economic ties between the Upstate and the Lowcountry and increasing the state's competitiveness as a leader in moving freight. 
  • The South Carolina TDL Summit, held annually since 2011, has grown in size and importance each year, attracting important decision-makers, political leaders, and private stakeholders to gather and address the future of the industry in the Palmetto State. 

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