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NASCO, the North American Strategy for Competitiveness, is a grassroots advocacy group, willing to roll up its sleeves and get its hands dirty, forging public-private partnerships across borders and taking the lead in a number of innovative trade technology pilot programs. One current pilot program in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Transportation, for example, is focused on optimizing algorithms for trucker efficiency, helping fleet managers identify obstacles and plan better routes.

More broadly, NASCO is the only tri-national network of North American governments, businesses, associations and educational institutions driven by a common interest in collaboration along commercial corridors and trade networks. The organization and its members, including Bestpass, focus on the competiveness of North American supply chain, workforce and energy independence.

In addition to the trade technology pilot programs, NASCO's 2016 supply chain action items include the All Trade is Personal initiative, or A-TIP, to promote the competitiveness, cultural, and economic benefits of North American and multilateral trade to key decision-makers and stakeholders in the United States, Canada, and Mexico, as well as a number of other focus areas. Workforce action items include improving the portability of worker credentials between Canada, the United States and Mexico. Under the energy independence umbrella, NASCO will focus on energy infrastructure and regulatory issues, among others.

Bestpass has not only helped to support NASCO's initiatives, but the company has also benefited greatly by being a member.

"NASCO has been an invaluable partner in connecting Bestpass with the entities operating the border toll bridges between the United States and Canada and the United States and Mexico, as well as other organizations that can help us realize our mission to simplify the toll-related challenges faced by commercial truckers, fleet managers and the myriad tolling facilities across North America," said John Andrews, President and CEO of Bestpass.

According to Tiffany Melvin, NASCO's President, "Bestpass is a great example of an ideal NASCO member. They joined, and immediately engaged by telling us specific details about their operations and growth objectives in North America. We listened. Then, we got to work connecting Bestpass with government and industry at the highest levels in all three countries to meet their objectives. Bestpass is a fantastic, progressive company that has used their NASCO membership in a thoughtful, strategic way. We have benefited from their expertise and connections in many areas, as well. The NASCO / Bestpass partnership has produced successful new business and new opportunities for both organizations - and will continue to do so for years to come!"

NASCO will hold its next annual conference, the 2016 Continental Reunion, from Nov. 13 through 15 in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas. For more information on NASCO, including how to become a member, please visit http://nasconetwork.com/

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