Partnership with MHI


The NNTW partners with the Material Handling Institute (MHI) to form a collaborative working partnership to advance their common interests and initiatives to promote an increasingly skilled, resilient workforce, in sufficient numbers, to meet the needs of the transportation, distribution and logistics sector in the coming decades. The common understanding and commitment to action that underlies this collaborative agreement includes:

  • MHI, the nation's largest material handling, logistics and supply chain association, has a long history in initiating and investing in partnerships as a strategy to increase its impact in furthering the warehousing, distribution and logistics industry.
  • In 2014 the Federal Highway Association (FHWA) funded the five Regional Transportation Workforce centers to bring a new focus and priority to workforce development across all modes. The Centers' strategic plans are expressions of new priority efforts across modes, disciplines and partnerships to advance the workforce in the transportation sector. 
  • MHI has identified working with educators as a priority, and has dedicated staff to focus on this effort. It has worked with many of the partners in the NNTW and has supported programs to empower educators and advance professional development programs.
  • The mandate for the regional workforce centers is to facilitate new and strengthen existing partnerships to build career awareness in youth or current workers, develop and expand education and training programs to enter the field, and promote and grow professional development opportunities. This work needs to advance across the country and the Centers through their regional approach and MHI through its members, which are all in excellent positions to continue partnership-building work. 
  • MHI and the regional centers are committed to supporting breakthrough ideas, innovative programs, and sustained collaborations to ensure the growth, sustainability and economic vitality of the industry and the nation. 

Purpose of the Collaborative Partnership Agreement

This working agreement provides the foundation for MHI and the five regional centers to formally engage and work toward common goals. In promoting the growth and development of a long-term skilled workforce we anticipate that some collaborative work efforts may include but not be limited to:

  • Identifying critical needs developing strategies to meet the needs 
  • Providing regional and national trends, indicators, and forecasts
  • Promoting successes- regional, organizational, individual 
  • Tracking industry growth and change patterns
  • Demonstrating benefits of Career Ladder Programs, Partnerships, and innovative approaches
  • Working to attract an existing and future workforce including youth, veterans, women, under-served populations to career opportunities
  • Supporting educators across the continuum to introduce and advance competencies that will fill current and future workforce needs in the industry


The collaboration was initiated and became effective as of July 1st, 2016. The parties agree to establish a formal working arrangement:

  • Establishing a representative point of contact between MHI and the NNTW
  • Meeting (in person or virtually) at least semi-annually
  • Collaborating on national events to promote or advance the common work
  • Collaborating on joint educational outreach via webinars or other programs