Port Log - Spring 2019 03/20/2019 Biz New Orleans Site Staff FacebookTwitter TRANSPORTATION CENTER OF THE AMERICAS , The state legislature established the Port of South Louisiana in 1960 to promote commerce and industrial development along the 54-mile stretch of the Mississippi River that runs through the St. Charles, St. John and St. James tri-parish regions. DIRECTOR’S LOG , The River Parishes’ resident industries are the life and blood of the regional economy and the Port of South Louisiana. In 2018, these companies moved over 303.1 million short tons of cargo, in spite of cargo movement stumbling blocks (e.g.,… REDISCOVER THE RIVER REGION William Kalec, Photos Courtesy of New Orleans Plantation Country, After an extensive internal cultural audit, the River Parishes Tourist Commission’s new marketing effort touts the area as a destination, not just a day trip. FOREIGN TRADE ZONE 124: By the Numbers William Kalec, Recent reports once again quantify the impact of the Foreign Trade Zone within the Port of South Louisiana and showcase the strategic roles they play in international business. A Global Investment Misty Milioto, St. James Parish welcomes a new $2.2 billion methanol complex. Rolling on the River Misty Milioto, Photos © 2018 Matt Touchard, Bayou Fleet offers a modern-day fleeting, vessel repair and cleaning facility. A DESIRABLE DESTINATION William Kalec, Joint recruitment efforts by the Port of South Louisiana and state agencies like Louisiana Economic Development have resulted in numerous new businesses setting up operations along the Mississippi River, and high-paying jobs for the skilled workforce of the region. FLYING IN FOR BUSINESS Alexander Jusdanis, Offering high speed, low costs and professional service, the Executive Regional Airport is bringing in business and helping the River Parishes grow. Building Better Lives Drew Hawkins, St. John United Way Legacy of Louisiana Sugarcane Endures with Education Andrea Blumenstein, Louisiana Sugar Refining LLC Makes Learning A Little Sweeter Port of South Louisiana Employee luncheon , PORTraits PORTraits , (both photos) The Port attends the annual NBAA schedulers and dispatchers conference to promote the Executive Regional Airport. Vincent Caire, Airport Director, and Lisa Braud, Port Manager, are pictured. Noranda Alumina Chairman and CEO David D’Addario (center) pictured with… River REgion Economic Development Initiative breakfast in Washington, d.c. , PORTraits FINAL FRAME Photos by Alex Hernandez, On the bank of the Mississippi River at mile marker 137 just before the high water season began.