Mississippi River economic trade centers form alliance
by Clay Chandler
Published: June 14,2013
ACROSS MISSISSIPPI- The Mississippi World Trade Center has entered into a new alliance with other world trade centers along the Mississippi River.
The group will says in a press release that its mission will be “promoting the stakeholder interests of the world’s greatest waterway.”
The World Trade Center of New Orleans will lead the alliance. Ten states within the Mississippi River Basin are represented in the alliance. They are Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Missouri, Kentucky, Kansas, Illinois, Montana, Wisconsin and Colorado. The WTC MSRA will represent thousands of U.S. businesses, farmers and stakeholders who rely on the Mississippi River for commodities, including petroleum and coal products, agriculture, marine and wood products, chemicals, minerals and ores, paper, plastics and rubber products and textiles & fabric.
The Mississippi River Basin connects 31 states and two Canadian provinces through the third largest river basin in the world. The cargo shipped on the river has an approximately $115 billion annual impact on the nation’s economy each year, according to figures from the new alliance.
“The World Trade Center of New Orleans is excited to have founded and is proud to assume the responsibility of leading the Mississippi River Alliance. I am looking forward to working with our fellow WTCs to promote a healthy and active river. This coalition is essential to ensure the growth of all stakeholders along our nation’s most important waterway and it will improve trade and communication for all parties involved,” said Dominik Knoll, CEO, WTC New Orleans.
The purpose of the Alliance is to unite key stakeholders and decision makers along the river and establish a clear channel of communication in order to share region-specific, river-related information that impacts the collective regions and companies represented by the WTC MSRA. The shared information will include factors which impact the flow of goods through the Mississippi River and its ports as well as issues related to river conditions, depth, funding, access, or other environmental issues. This, the alliance says, will establish a unified conduit for the distribution of information among involved parties and local and federal government.
“World Trade Center Mississippi is delighted to join forces with our sister WTC’s in promoting and facilitating business growth along the Mississippi River. This is truly an innovative regional endeavor, and the World Trade Center of New Orleans has demonstrated excellent leadership in coordinating this worthwhile project. We are pleased to be included and look forward to active participation,” Barbara Travis, executive director, WTC Mississippi, said.
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