USA: Congressman Voices Atlanta Transportation Concerns in Harbor Maintenance Tax

Though Rep. John Lewis was instrumental in positioning Atlanta to receive the $47.6 million TIGER grant from the federal government to initiate the Atlanta Streetcar Project, he is unable to attend the kick-off. Rep. Lewis worked closely with MARTA , Central Atlanta Progress, and the city to guide the strategic positioning and submission of the grant to the federal government.

Since FY 2008, Rep. Lewis has brought in nearly $5 million in federal funds to support transportation projects in the district.

“I welcome Secretary LaHood to the 5th District,” said Rep. Lewis, “to kick-off this important project and look forward to continuing our work to improve the quality of life for citizens and businesses in the district through innovative transportation projects.

“The Atlanta Streetcar can be one piece of a comprehensive approach to transportation throughout the region, which I have advocated for a long time. The streetcar connects the Auburn Historic District to MARTA and the rest of downtown Atlanta, spreading consumer dollars more evenly and increasing the attractiveness of downtown to consumers who want to shop and businesses who want to open storefronts in bustling commercial areas. Most importantly, it can encourage people to leave their cars in garages or even at home so we can open up congested areas and ease the flow of traffic in and through downtown.

Though he cannot be present at the kick-off, Rep. Lewis will still be working on transportation issues. During the time of the kick-off, he will be participating in a joint hearing of the House Ways and Means Oversight Subcommittee, of which he is a ranking member, and the Select Revenue Measures Subcommittee to discuss the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund, a federal fund used to sustain the nation’s ports.

As a senior member of the committee, Rep. Lewis had the ability to invite an expert from Georgia to testify at the hearing and allow other members of Congress to hear the water transportation successes and challenges affecting Atlanta and the state. Rep. Lewis ‘s guest is James McCurry, Director of Administration of the Georgia Ports Authority. Congressman Lewis will ask the director to discuss how the federal maintenance fund could be used to help dredge navigational channels in the Savannah Harbor and how federal funds could be utilized to boost job creation through the Georgia Ports Authority.

Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support more than 286,476 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $14.9 billion in income and $55.8 billion in revenue for related businesses. In total, port activity yields $2.8 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy.

Dredging Today Staff, February 6, 2012;

Share this article

Follow Dredging Today

Events>

<< Dec 2019 >>
MTWTFSS
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

3rd International Congress Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging

Russia’s leading maritime industry Media Group PortNews (www.portnews.ru) holds a traditional annual Congress “Hydraulic Engineering Structures and Dredging” in Moscow. 

The two-day Congress includes the 7th International Forum of Dredging Companies and the 3rd Technical Conference “Modern Solutions for Hydraulic Engineering”.

Infrastructure development is among the real sources of Russia’s economy growth. Construction of port facilities and new hydraulic engineering structures on the country’s inland waterways constitute an essential part of all infrastructure projects. It is important to take into account the best international practices to implement these projects effectively.

The program of the Congress will be devoted to the latest technologies for dredging and hydraulic engineering works. Speakers and delegates will refer to real projects to discuss specifics features of dredging works, as well as dedicated fleet and equipment involved.

To learn more about event, please, contact the organizing committee: snitko@portnews.ru

read more >

Jobs>

Dredging jobs in Abu Dhabi at NMDC

National Marine Dredging Company “NMDC” aims to be the largest dredging player in the Arab’s Gulf region...

apply

Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of DredgingToday.com, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below....

apply

Looking to fill a job opening?

By advertising your job here, on the homepage of DredgingToday.com, you'll reach countless professionals in the sector. For more information, click below...

apply