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PRESS RELEASE: Legislators Secure $8 Million for Indiana's Ports

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Date: Fri, 16 May 1997 10:01:23 -0700
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Press Release
For Information Contact:
Spencer Valentine, (317) 232-9201

Legislators Secure $8 Million for Indiana’s Ports
Improvements to Port Facilities Aimed at Drawing Economic Development 

	The Indiana General Assembly passed $8 million in improvements to the 
state’s three public ports as part of the state budget bill passed today. The 
money will be used to build new docks and railways at the ports.
	$5 million will complete the last major infrastructure at Indiana’s 
International Port/Burns Harbor at Portage and will include 1200 linear feet of 
dock and upland space. $1.5 million will go to enhance the dock infrastructure 
at Clark Maritime Centre at Jeffersonville and another $1.5 million will be used 
for dick improvements and new rail infrastructure at Southwind Maritime Centre 
at Mount Vernon.
	“More companies are coming to states that can offer access to lake and 
river transportation,” said Governor Frank O’Bannon. “An investment in our ports 
is an investment in future jobs for Hoosiers.”
	“This kind of investment shows the Indiana General Assembly recognizes 
the incredible economic tool the state has in the ports,” said Stuart Grauel, 
Chairman of the Indiana Port Commission. “The legislature should be 
congratulated on investing in Indiana’s economic future.”
	“Recent locations of companies like Wayne Steel and Chicago Cold Rolling 
into Indiana’s ports are excellent examples of the type of economic growth the 
ports can bring to Indiana,” said Frank G. Martin Jr., Executive Director of the 
Indiana Port Commission. “With on-site rail, interstate access, quality 
stevedoring, federal Foreign-Trade Zone designation and heavy-lift 
capabilities,Indiana’s ports are becoming hard for industry to overlook.”
	The Indiana Port Commission is a seven member bi-partisan committee 
appointed by the Indiana Governor to develop and operate three public ports and 
a network of Foreign-Trade Zones statewide.  The state’s three public ports are 
Indiana’s International Port/Burns Harbor at Portage located on Lake Michigan, 
Clark Maritime Centre at Jeffersonville on the Ohio River, and Southwind 
Maritime Centre near Mount Vernon also located on the Ohio River.