Dede Smith, IRPT Deputy Director named Chair of NWC Navigation Caucus

Dede Smith, Deputy Director for the Inland Rivers, Ports and Terminals, has been named Chair of the National Waterways Conference (NWC) Navigation Caucus.

In addition to her role with IRPT, Dede serves on the NWC Executive Committee and now as Chair of the NWC Navigation Caucus. NWC’s caucuses play a prominent role in advising the Legislative Policy Committee on federal issue specific positions the caucuses would like NWC to consider. The Navigation Caucus focuses on opportunities and challenges to keep inland and deep draft navigation channels open and usable, as well as issues that may impact those entities that depend on these waterways.

Dede has 35 years of experience in the transportation industry working closely with industry leaders, local, state, and federal entities, as well as the U.S. Congressional Delegation to communicate the needs and challenges facing the U.S. regarding waterway infrastructure and the importance of the inland river transportation system to the nation. Her experience in the industry provides her with the ability to understand the needs of IRPT members and to collaboratively advocate on their behalf. Dede participates in regularly scheduled meetings with USACE, Coast Guard, MARAD and other agencies keeping them abreast of these changing needs.

Among the many IRPT initiatives Dede is currently focusing on, raising awareness of the importance of accurate tonnage reporting takes high priority. She is engaged with federal agencies, industry leaders, and users in discussions regarding the importance of accurate tonnage reporting and how complete statistical tonnage data will then impact securing funding opportunities for projects.

Dede’s vast experience and knowledge of the transportation industry is invaluable to IRPT and will bring great value to the NWC Navigation Caucus. To learn more about NWC, please click here.

Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals, Inc. (IRPT) is a nationwide trade association for users of the U.S. Inland Waterway system. IRPT promotes the use of our nation’s rivers as the most cost effective, and environmentally-friendly form of transportation. We do this by keeping our members informed on federal legislation and security issues affecting our river system, promoting and marketing our inland waterway system, and working with port leaders to unify the inland ports, terminals, and river systems.