• PORT OF SOUTH LOUISIANA WINS JOB CREATION PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD AT GLOBAL INFRASTRUCTURE LEADERS

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    March 15, 2017
    Press Release
    FOR RELEASE – March 14, 2017
    Contact: Alexandra “Alex” Hernández
    ahernandez@portsl.com

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    PORT OF SOUTH LOUISIANA WINS JOB CREATION PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD
    AT GLOBAL INFRASTRUCTURE LEADERSHIP FORUM IN MONTREAL

     
    Aucoin Took Home Award for His Efforts to Deepen the Mississippi River
     
    Earlier this month, the Port of South Louisiana was awarded the Job Creation Project of the Year Award at the 10th Global Infrastructure Leadership Forum in Montreal, Canada.  The award was presented to Paul Aucoin on behalf of the Port of South Louisiana, for its commitment to championing efforts to help secure federal funding for the Mississippi River Shipping Channel Dredging Project, which will help preserve and create thousands of good-paying jobs all across the nation. The event in Montreal was widely attended by infrastructure professionals from the United States and around the globe, with over 400 people in attendance when Paul Aucoin took home the award.

    “I was honored the port won this award, but my efforts to ensure the deepening of the Mississippi River Ship Channel are for the state of Louisiana and the entire nation,” said Aucoin. “Keeping the Mississippi River fully dredged will ensure continued economic growth across the entire United States. Most importantly, this means millions of Americans will continue to have good paying jobs. These jobs help support families, send young adults to college and ensure the wellbeing of our communities and our nation. I am proud of this award and will continue to do everything I can to advocate on behalf of deepening critical sections of the Mississippi River.”

    As an advocate of deepening the Mississippi River, a critical element to unencumbered movement of cargo and the success of Louisiana’s -- and the nation’s -- economy, Port of South Louisiana Executive Director Paul Aucoin has repeatedly traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet key infrastructure stakeholders including legislators, reporters and think-tanks. “In Washington, I stressed that ensuring the River is open for business will stimulate impressive economic growth and generate thousands of good paying jobs for working Americans,” said Paul Aucoin. “As a country, the Mississippi River is one of our most valuable natural resources and we must take steps to ensure its continued reliability.”

    KEY FACTS:
    •  Currently, one-in-five jobs in Louisiana depends on the Mississippi River, and economic impact study done by the Big River Coalition and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development indicated the deepening of the Mississippi River Ship Channel to 50 feet would create nearly 17,000 new and permanent jobs.
    •  Although Congress authorized a 50-foot channel depth in 1985, the project was never properly funded. While ports on the east coast have been adequately deepened to 50 feet to accommodate today’s deep-draft vessels, the lack of attention to the Mississippi River channel continues to negatively affect ports and the industries that lie upon the largest waterway in the nation.

     
         
    Port of South Louisiana river traffic of more than 4,500 vessels per year depend on the unencumbered flow of the Mississippi River
     

    About the Port of South Louisiana
    The Port of South Louisiana is a 54-mile port district on the Mississippi River between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, encompassing the parishes of St. Charles, St. John and St. James.   The facilities located within the port’s district consistently handle over a quarter billion short tons of cargo annually, ranking it the largest tonnage port district in the Western Hemisphere, the nation’s greatest grain exporter, and the number one energy transfer port in the United States. Along the 108 miles of deep-water frontage on both banks of the river there are seven grain transfer facilities, four major oil processing plants,  11 petrochemical manufacturing facilities and several other facilities for a total of more than 50 docks owned and operated by an impressive group of resident tenants  such as ADM, ArcelorMittal, Dow, Cargill, DuPont, Motiva Enterprises, Marathon, Shell,  Nucor Steel., Occidental, Valero, and Occidental Chemical. To learn more, visit us at www.portsl.com, like us on Facebook, and follow us on LinkedIn.
     
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    For more information about this particular topic or about the Port of South Louisiana, contact Alexandra “Alex” Hernández, Public Information Officer, at 985-652-9278 or ahernandez@portsl.com.