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Birmingham City Council Eager to See What’s in Store for the Newly Created Birmingham-Jeffco Port Authority

PRESS RELEASE                                                                             Tuesday, July 5, 2016 Contact: Brittany Sharp

Phone: 205-721-5369

brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov

BIRMINGHAM, AL – New jobs, new opportunities, and new partnerships, those are just some of the elements that are expected to flourish from the newly created Birmingham-Jeffco Port Authority. The authority has been a yearlong project in the making that now opens the doors for so many progressive elements. Following the Council’s vote to create the authority back in June, the Alabama State Port Authority Board approved the creation of the new Authority.

“This journey to establish the Port Authority has taken some time because we wanted to make sure that it was done just right. Through collective efforts between a number of entities, we were able to review information from two feasibility studies to determine the viability in establishing the Port Authority,” said Council President Pro & Public Safety, Transportation Committee Chair Tem Steven W. Hoyt. “The information that we obtained through those studies proved that the this authority was much needed as we continue to look at avenues to advance our great city.”

Now that the Port Authority has been approved, those on board say they are eager to get going on the tasks that lie before them. The authority will meet again on July 14th to complete some of their first short term goals which include, receiving their Certificate of Incorporation and Memorandum of Understanding, as well as setting their bylaws, and designating their suite of officers. Jonathan Porter, who serves as the authority’s joint Director with the County says you can expect a number of exciting and progressive ideas to come from this newly created authority.

“The creation of this authority is a step in the right direction and we will have the opportunity to change the scope of Birmingham and this region, ” Mr. Porter said. “The port will serve as a important tool for economic development of our region but will also bring alternatives for logistics to the Birmingham area and reduce truck congestion on our busy highways and interstates.  I along with my fellow directors look forward to serving.”

For more information, please contact Birmingham City Council Director of Public Information Brittany Sharp at (205) 721-5369 or brittany.sharp@birminghamal.gov.