Rep. Frye: Indiana's fourth port would be an economic driver

Posted by: Hannah Carlock  | Monday, February 1, 2016 9:00 am

Indiana’s fourth port would be an economic driver

In this year’s State of the State Address given by Governor Mike Pence, he announced his support for developing a fourth port of Indiana located in southeastern Indiana. As someone who has worked on this project for several years, I hope to assist Governor Pence in bringing the plan to fruition.

The fourth Port of Indiana will not simply be a place where barges comes to load and unload cargo, but an industrial complex attracting business, commerce and industry to a particular area. Oftentimes, steel mills, ethanol plants, grain shipping, automotive plants and many more industrial businesses locate within the port.  With these businesses come well-paying jobs.

In addition to jobs, ports often result in improved infrastructure. This would mean properly functioning roads, railways and waterways to provide optimal mobility in southeastern Indiana.

Indiana’s fourth port would be established along the Ohio River, with access to rail and Interstate 275, an area close to the metropolitan area of Greater Cincinnati. The fourth port would be a transportation hub for the tri-state area. Indiana is known for our business climate and low taxes, which has created a more robust economic climate.

Ports of Indiana currently operates three river ports located in Indiana, including Burns Harbor located on Lake Michigan, and Jeffersonville and Mount Vernon on the mighty Ohio. Mount Vernon and Jeffersonville generate $2 billion in revenue annually to our state and supports 15,000 jobs.  To put this in perspective, the Honda plant in Greensburg employs around 2,000 people.

Building the fourth Port of Indiana would not be an overnight project, as the construction of our three current ports took years to complete. However, if we start small and build over the years, we can bring more job growth and people to Indiana, a state that works. This will not be possible without the interest of the community, local leaders and the hard work of our governor. I can be reached by phone at (317) 234-3827 or by email at h67@iga.in.gov for more information on the fourth port project – a major economic driver in Indiana.

 

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Rep. Frye (R-Greensburg) represents Ohio and Switzerland counties, as well as portions of Ripley, Decatur, Jennings, Jefferson and Dearborn counties