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PRPA Hosts First Governor’s Philly Port Advisory Committee Meeting

[ April 15, 2016   //   ]

The inaugural meeting of the Port of Philadelphia Advisory Committee was held at the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority’s (PRPA) headquarters on April 12. The Committee, established by PA Governor Tom Wolf in December 2015, will regularly advise the PRPA Board and staff on relevant port issues.
Comprised of business, labor, and government officials selected by Governor Wolf, the Port of Philadelphia Advisory Committee was formed to provide an effective, transparent forum to ensure an ongoing, substantive dialogue between PRPA and its stakeholders. As indicated by its title, the committee will be advisory in nature and will meet with PRPA Board Members and staff on a quarterly basis. Agenda items will include, among other topics, port strategic and real estate planning, macro maritime industry conditions, port infrastructure requirements, and the optimization of market opportunities.
Eleven of the 14 appointees to the committee attended the initial meeting. Discussed was an overview of the Port, a report on the Port’s 2015 cargo statistics, updates on the 45-foot channel-deepening and Southport projects, a PRPA financial report, an update on PRPA’s search for a new CEO, the ongoing study of the Port by the PA Dept. of Transportation (PennDOT), and, finally, an overview of PRPA’s Procurement and Diversity programs.