Next for Port NOLA: Building Business

The two will “leverage technical expertise and other resources” to attract manufacturing, product assembly, and distribution and logistics centers to the region, Port NOLA reported.

Port NOLA and Tangipahoa Parish Economic Development also plan to team with area workforce development and employment training programs that focus on manufacturing, distribution and logistics jobs.

“This MOU with Tangipahoa Parish shows the vested interest in our state to work together so logistics and distributions centers remain a top priority for economic growth,” said Brandy D. Christian, President and CEO of the Port NOLA, and CEO of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad. “We are pleased to partner with Tangipahoa Parish to showcase our region’s advantageous commercial location and unmatched supply chain connectivity by river, rail and road.”

Supporting the MOU are (left to right) Tina Roper, Tangipahoa Director of Workforce Development and Tangipahoa Economic Development’s appointee on the South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission; Robby Miller, Tangipahoa Parish President; Ginger Cangelosi, Tangipahoa Director of Economic Development; Brandy D. Christian, President and CEO Port NOLA and CEO of the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad; Meaghan McCormack, Executive Director, St. Bernard Economic Development Foundation; Stacey Neal, Director of Community Competitiveness, Louisiana Economic Development; Louis David, Vice President, Industry Attraction & Retention, New Orleans Business Alliance. (Photo: Port NOLA)

Port NOLA provides access to six Class I railroads (BNSF, CN, CSX, Kansas City Southern, Norfolk Southern and Union Pacific) as well as interstate highways. (Port NOLA is served by the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad, which it owns, as well as the New Orleans & Gulf Coast Railway, Railway Age’s 2016 Short Line of the Year.)

The RFP process is now underway for design and permit-support services for the Port NOLA’s Louisiana International Terminal in St. Bernard Parish, La. The proposed $1.5 billion multimodal container terminal is slated to serve the largest container vessels calling in the Gulf of Mexico.

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