Honorable Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Transportation, Visits Rosedale-Bolivar County Port Following $8.7 Million Grant Award

Honorable Pete Buttigieg, Secretary of Transportation, Visits Rosedale-Bolivar County Port Following $8.7 Million Grant Award

ROSEDALE, MS- On Wednesday, June 21st, 2024, stakeholders from the Rosedale-Bolivar County region gathered to celebrate and welcome Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg, to the county’s facility.

Maritime Administration announced the award recipients of their FY 2023 Port Infrastructure Development Grant in the Fall of 2023. Rosedale-Bolivar County Port received $8,742,816 for its multi-modal expansion project.

“The project will relocate and reconstruct a conveyor assembly dedicated to handing inbound cargoes and rehabilitate one of the conveyors the port uses to handle outbound cargoes. It will also construct a new structure so that the port’s outbound conveyors can be relocated from a deteriorating spud barge and established in a location so that inbound and outbound cargo operations can take place simultaneously. The project will also include the purchase of a new spud barge and cargo handling equipment.” (PIDP 2023 Awards Fact Sheets pg.5)

While visiting the facility, Secretary Buttigieg was led by Port Director, Robert Maxwell, on a tour of the facility. This windshield tour highlighted the accessibility of the port property, tenants who inhabit the various port properties, and where the Multi-modal Expansion Project will take place.

The Port of Rosedale is critical to the nation’s economy as it sits on the Lower Mississippi River near the confluence of the Mississippi and Arkansas Rivers. Rosedale’s ability to respond to the supply chain and market is vital during times of low river levels impacting shipping on the Arkansas River. Offering rail in times of low water will ensure the supply chain is available and healthy for the benefit of the nation, Mississippi, Arkansas and Oklahoma. The Great River Railroad will provide a solution to the nation’s supply chain needs in time of low-water events, or even extreme high-water events.

The Port of Rosedale is strategically located only 100 miles from Memphis and within a 500-mile radius of major markets, including Houston, Birmingham and Atlanta. Additionally, its temperate climate combined with all-weather capacity insures non-stop productivity. The Port of Rosedale offers a year-round gateway to the world.

Port Director, Robert Maxwell, expressed his gratitude for the support of all of his region’s stakeholders to make this award possible. He said, not only will this project positively impact the port, but the Mississippi Delta as a whole.

One of the key components in this successful award was the work done by Local Impact Analysis. LIA wrote the grant application for the FY 2023 Port Infrastructure Development Grant. Their whole team showed up to support the Port of Rosedale during the Secretary’s visit.

Also in attendance was Aimee Andres, Executive Director of the Inland Rivers, Ports & Terminals (IRPT) association. IRPT wrote the PIDP set aside for small ports and small projects that later became law. “Before the small set aside was available, ports such as Rosedale found it difficult, if not impossible to compete against large seaports for infrastructure investment”, says Andres. “Before the small set aside zero inland ports were awarded a PIDP grant. The first year of small set aside funding was in FY 2021 where 15 small projects were awarded. In FY 2023, I am so excited that 25 small projects were awarded from the set aside.”

“Ports such as Rosedale, although small in size, are vital to the communities to which they serve because they offer economic development opportunities, workforce development and contribute to the nation’s supply chain”.