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Cork to head Hancock port

Bill Cork

Bill Cork

The Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission has selected Bill Cork as its Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds HCPHC executive director Ashley Edwards, who is now president of the Gulf Coast Business Council.

Cork is the founder of Cork Consulting Group LLC, a consulting firm in Texarkana, Texas. He served previously as president and CEO of the Texarkana Chamber of Commerce.

From 2007 to 2014, Cork was executive director and CEO of TexAmericas Center in New Boston, Texas, where he was responsible for the economic redevelopment of a 12,000-acre industrial park and 3 million square feet of building space that includes parts of the former Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant and Red River Army Depot.

Earlier in his career, Cork co-owned a real estate sales and consulting firm, was vice president of national accounts and regional vice president at Sempra Energy, and was a researcher and post graduate fellow at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Construction Engineering Research Laboratories.

He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and earned a bachelor’s in philosophy and master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Cork and his wife, Nina, have four children.

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