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LOCAL PORT AUTHORITY PERSPECTIVE: 

LOCAL PORT AUTHORITY PERSPECTIVE Gary S. Walton, CEcD Executive Director Buffalo-Putnam Port District

Why is important?: 

Why is important?

Barge freight is financially competitive.: 

Barge freight is financially competitive.

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Aluminum Shipping Cost per Ton New Orleans to Owensboro, KY, March 2005 Source: Owensboro Riverport Authority

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It is not the direct employment that matters most. What matters is local port’s ability to support commerce, which then generates employment and income. And…there’s room for growth example – Automotive Parts

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Source: The Motor Vehicle Parts & Equipment Industry in West Virginia, West Virginia Development Office Room for growth in West Virginia’s Automotive Industry

The Local Struggle What are the issues?: 

The Local Struggle What are the issues?

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1. Limited public and private capital - Financing is extremely important - Resources must be leveraged 2. Environmental limitations and constraints will not go away - wetlands and floodplain - previous Native American habitation 3. Public education is needed – Communication is the key…

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Funding sources are difficult to identify New construction, while expensive has been relegated to second place because of the need to upgrade existing ports Post 9/11 – security increases Most funding is made available to the major sea ports such as Norfolk, VA; New Orleans, LA…

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First Steps - Identify port site Master Plan completed in January 2000 Identified the South Buffalo site – adjacent to Toyota Motor Mfg, WV.

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Buffalo-Putnam Port Site – Buffalo, West Virginia

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Site Considerations Wetlands Issues Floodplain - approximately ½ site is flood plain. - some tile was installed and ditch lines cleared. Existing wetlands and flood plain have been limiting factors when trying to attract industry to the site.

Too many unknowns: 

Too many unknowns

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Site Considerations Native American Issues - Buffalo Indian Village a National Register Historic Site - worked with Shawnee and Cherokee Indian tribes to: 1. establish approved reburial site 2. request release of 674 individual remains from Ohio State University

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Important Because Likely that other presently unknown remains will be found during Phase I and Phase II environmental review of the port site and adjoining property. We are still responsible for the two bone fragments found in Fraziers Bottom during wetland move.

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Cost of Environmental Phase I & II Unknown at present due to the potential value of historic finds yet to be discovered. If port site is purchased and limited to 25 acres. -cost $70,000 to dig 1x1x1 pits on 10 acres (min. estimate $175,000 + $100,000 for underground radar)

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Need funding to acquire actual port site. - Recent sale of property adjoining Toyota site means costs have escalated. - Assume 25 acres minimum @ $50,000/acre = $1,250,000

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Site development costs - wetlands remediation - e.g. cost PCDA $500,000 to move 13 acres of wetlands in Fraziers Bottom. - filling of flood plain areas. - any buildings must be constructed out of the flood plain. - would require LOMR

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Communication Is Key

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The greatest challenge of communications is the illusion that it has been accomplished. - George Bernard Shaw

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Communication Is Key - communication with county residents/stakeholders about the importance of a port - communication with potential users/operators of a facility - communication with potential funding sources - reassurance to board members that it can not be accomplished over night.

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Buffalo-Putnam Port District Authority - board of directors in place prior to 2000 - how do you keep directors interested when so much time passes - focus on minor wins - keep focus on future - limit board meetings to 1 hour and one meeting per quarter

What Do We Need?: 

What Do We Need?

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Dedicated Funding a. Land Acquisition b. Environmental Clearance c. Port Development Dedicated Board/organization Ownership/Management decisions User (s) A coordinated effort

Thank You: 

Thank You Gary S. Walton, CEcD Buffalo Putnam Port District Authority

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