The event, one of 30 Infrastructure Week-related events this week, was to highlight the value of America’s seaports and the importance of improving the infrastructure leading to and from the nation’s deep-water ports.
Gary LaGrange, President and CEO, Port of New Orleans
Jim Walker, Director of Navigation Policy and Legislation, American Association of Port Authorities
Kirk Lowery, P.E., President, American Society of Civil Engineers, Baton Rouge
Lieutenant Colonel Austin T. Appleton, Deputy Commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District
Jeff Davis, General Manager & CEO, New Orleans Public Belt Railroad
Thursday, May 14, 2015, 9 a.m.—10:45 a.m. (CDT), followed by a port tour
Port of New Orleans, 1350 Port of New Orleans Place, New Orleans, LA
9:00 a.m. —Welcoming Coffee Reception—Port of New Orleans Auditorium
9:30 a.m. —Welcoming Remarks—Gary LaGrange, President & CEO, Port of New Orleans
9:45 a.m. —Louisiana’s Infrastructure Report Card—Kirk Lowery, P.E., President American Society of Civil Engineers, Baton Rouge
10:00 a.m.—Waterside Infrastructure—Lieutenant Colonel Austin T. Appleton, Deputy Commander, New Orleans District
10:15 a.m.—Landside Infrastructure: Jeff Davis, General Manager & CEO, New Orleans Public Belt Railroad
10:30 a.m.—Break (one-on-one Q&A)
10:45 a.m.—Tour of the Port of New Orleans – Bus to pick up guests outside of Port of New Orleans Administration Building.
About Port of New Orleans The Port of New Orleans is a deep-draft multipurpose port at the center of the world’s busiest port system — Louisiana’s Lower Mississippi River. Connected to major inland markets and Canada via 14,500 miles of waterways, six class-1 railroads and the interstate highway system, the Port is the ideal gateway for steel, project cargo, containers, coffee, natural rubber, chemicals, forest products, manufactured goods and cruising. An extensive network of ocean carrier services, along with added-value services like transloading of bulk into containers, make the Port of New Orleans the superior logistics solution for many types of cargo. To stay ahead of market demand, the Port has invested more than $100 million in capital improvement projects since 2012 and has a Master Plan to expand the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal to an annual capacity of 1.6 million TEUs.