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Follow up to IRPT’s Missouri River Basin Meeting

As a result of last week’s Missouri River Basin meeting, I wanted to update you on an agenda item we discussed. Please make sure you read to the below with the highlighted piece as it contains IRPT’s ask of you and potential action. Agenda item ix. on the attached meeting agenda was an update on…
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IRPT held its first Southeast Rivers Basin meeting! Follow up to Tenn Tom Development Opportunities Conference

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Tenn-Tom Development Opportunities Conference in Point Clear, Alabama. If you missed the event, you can mark your calendars for next year’s conference held August 27-29, 2019. While there, IRPT held its first Southeast Rivers Basin meeting! You can view the topics of discussion here by accessing…
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Maritime Administration Announces More Than $20 Million in Grants for U.S. Small Shipyards

Date: July 24, 2018 Contact:  MARAD Public Affairs Tel:  202-366-5807 Maritime Administration Announces More Than  $20 Million in Grants for U.S. Small Shipyards WASHINGTON- The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) today awarded more than $20 million in grants to support capital improvements at 29 U.S. small shipyards as a part of its Small…
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Notice of Funding Opportunity for Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements

July 19, 2018: Federal Register (full link below) Notice of Funding Opportunity for Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a notice of funding opportunity which details the application requirements and procedures to obtain grant funding for eligible projects under the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety...…
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ISFAC Update (Illinois Competitive Freight Program Awards)

ISFAC Update (Illinois Competitive Freight Program Awards) For Immediate Release Tuesday, June 5, 2018 Contact Rachel Bold Rachel.Bold@illinois.gov $241 million investment in freight mobility Move spurs local economies, enhances freight efficiency $241 million investment in projects that will improve the mobility of freight throughout the state and provide long-term benefits in congestion relief and economic…
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Pink barge brings cancer awareness Marquis Energy donates $10,000 to Mary Crowley Cancer Research

HENNEPIN — A massive pink barge is bringing some color and cancer awareness to the area. The barge, called Big Hope 1, brings awareness to cancer research, and it’s currently sitting among Marquis Energy’s fleet in Hennepin. The business is donating $10,000 to Mary Crowley Cancer Research, said Danielle Anderson, executive assistant/director of public relations…
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New Nova ethylene terminal on the Mississippi

March 27, 2018: Chemical & Engineering News (full link below) Nova plans ethylene export terminal Canadian chemical maker Nova Chemicals is working with the oil and gas infrastructure firm Energy Transfer Partners to develop an ethylene export terminal on the U.S. Gulf Coast. The terminal would have the capacity to export 800,000 metric tons of…
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U.S. Port-Related Projects Awarded $72.7 Million

March 15, 2018: Maritime Executive (full link below) U.S. Port-Related Projects Awarded $72.7 Million The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced its list of recipients for $500 million in discretionary grant funding for road, transit, maritime and rail projects in Round 9 of the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program. Of the 41 projects...…
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One million dollars for the Freight Enhancement Program (FRE) was included in MoDOT’s FY19 budget

One million dollars for the Freight Enhancement Program (FRE) was included in MoDOT’s FY19 budget (July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019).  MoDOT is accepting FRE applications contingent on approval of that funding through 5 pm on May 10. A few reminders about this program: •        In accordance with the funding source (RSMo 226.225), Freight...…
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MO: White River Marine Group to Reopen Bolivar Boat Mfg Facility, Hire 130

March 1, 2018: Trade & Industry Development (full link below) MO: White River Marine Group to Reopen Bolivar Boat Mfg Facility, Hire 130 White River Marine Group, the manufacturing arm of Bass Pro Shops, announced the reopening of its facility in Bolivar, Missouri in response to strong customer demand and an expanding market for its…
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