- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - The University of Memphis says it has been awarded a federal grant to host the Southeast Regional Surface Transportation Workforce Center.

The university said Tuesday that its Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute received the four-year grant by the Federal Highway Administration.

The center will serve a 12-state region in the U.S. Southeast and Puerto Rico. Among the goals of the center are to assemble a comprehensive picture of transportation job needs and priorities in the region, identify workforce training gaps that must be addressed and develop partnerships to create new workforce training.

The center will work with state transportation departments, private industry, K-12 school districts, community colleges, trade schools and other universities from across the region with the goal of producing an adequately sized, career-ready transportation workforce.

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