On March 30, 2015, Congressman Charles Boustany, Jr. MD stopped by the Port of South Louisiana to meet with port and local officials, as well as industry leaders, to discuss how he can be of assistance to further secure funding for the district.
During a one-and-one meeting with Congressman Boustany, Executive Director Paul G. Aucoin presented an overview of the Port of South Louisiana and explained the Port of South Louisiana’s role in economic development of port infrastructure for the companies within its jurisdiction.
Congressman Boustany was given a tour of the Port’s public terminal, Globalplex Intermodal Terminal, the Maritime Security Operations Center (MSOC), the recently-acquired St. John Airport, and a tour, by boat, of a section of the Port district. Later, Congressman Boustany and Aucoin visited with executives from Marathon Petroleum Corporation at their headquarters.
“As the largest tonnage port in the Western Hemisphere, the top energy transfer point in the country, and the largest grain port in the United States, the Port of South Louisiana is not only a critical facility for Louisiana’s economy, it is critical for the health of the American economy as a whole,” said Congressman Boustany. “That’s why I fought to secure record funding for port maintenance and dredging last year, and why I championed legislation ensuring that number will continue to grow every year over the next decade.”
During the midday luncheon, Congressman Boustany also discussed issues like transportation infrastructure, flood control, and trade, followed by a Q&A session.
In attendance were Senators Troy Brown and Gary Smith, Representatives Gregory Miller and Randal Gaines, and St. Charles Parish President V.J. St. Pierre, St. John the Baptist Parish President Natalie Robottom, and St. James Parish President Timothy “Timmy” Roussel along with various resident industry representatives.