Next for Port NOLA: Building BusinessWritten by Marybeth Luczak, Executive Editor
Following a Request for Proposals for the design of a new container terminal, the Port of New Orleans (Port NOLA) has now signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Tangipahoa Parish (La.) Economic Development to boost 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.”
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.