HOUSTON – (BUSINESS WIRE) – The Houston Port Authority’s Ports Commission met practically regularly for its April meeting on Tuesday. Chairman Ric Campo reflected on Port Houston’s future priorities and emphasized his commitment to continue investing in infrastructure to further develop and maintain 1.35 million Texan jobs and opportunities for small business, minority and women-owned companies (MWBE) to accomplish.
The meeting opened with encouragement and support from Harris County and City of Houston officials, including Harris County Commissioners Rodney Ellis and Adrian Garcia, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. These officials commended the Ports Commission for improving and empowering minorities and women-owned businesses to gain access to Port Houston business through their new MWBE policy, which is on the Port Commission’s agenda.
Later in the meeting, the Port Commission approved the Corporate Development Policy for Minority and Women-Owned Enterprises, which was accompanied by the amended and adapted Small Business Development Policy.
Officials also expressed their support for Port Houston’s efforts to further improve the Houston Ship Channel through the Project 11 deepening and expansion project in order to maintain Port Houston’s competitiveness and jobs and economic impact for the region and the world To create state.
In particular, the Commission awarded the first construction contract for Project 11 at the meeting – and more than half of the $ 24 million contracts approved at the meeting supported the effort for Project 11.
“Every step forward in this project represents the future prosperity of the over 3.2 million Americans who rely on this channel for a living and the future generations who will benefit from these investments for decades to come,” said Chairman Campo this significant milestone.
In his operational update, Executive Director Roger Guenther announced that the container volume in March was the highest ever. Port Houston handled 297,397 units (TEUs) last month, up 20% from March last year.
Günther also announced the production of a special video that offers a unique behind-the-scenes look at how Port Houston works. “Navigating the Future” includes Günther, Chairman Campo and others who talk about port activities, the economic prospects, infrastructure, environmental and MWBE initiatives and much more.
The free video will be available on Thursday. April 29 at 11:00 a.m. (CST) at https://www.youtube.com/user/PortHoustonAuthority
The next meeting of the Port Commission is scheduled for May 25th.
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For more than 100 years, Port Houston has owned and operated the public wharves and terminals along the Houston Ship Channel, including the largest breakbulk facility in the region and two of the most efficient and fastest growing container terminals in the country. Port Houston is the canal’s attorney and strategic leader. The Houston Ship Channel complex and its more than 200 public and private terminals, collectively known as the Port of Houston, are the largest port in the country for water-based tonnage and a major economic engine for the Houston area, the state of Texas, and the United States USA Port of Houston supports the creation of nearly 1.35 million jobs in Texas and 3.2 million jobs nationwide, as well as a combined economic activity of $ 339 billion in Texas – 20.6 percent of Texas’ total gross domestic product (GDP) – and an economic impact of $ 801.9 billion across the country. For more information, please visit the website at www.PortHouston.com.