Panama Canal Stakeholder Work Group Schedules Inaugural Meeting

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Phone: (512) 463-8700

Date: June 27, 2012

AUSTIN -- Transportation industry and government representatives have scheduled the inaugural meeting of the Panama Canal Stakeholder Work Group, hosted by the Texas Department of Transportation on June 29 in Austin.

The group, chaired by Harris County Judge Ed Emmett, will assist in obtaining input on issues and opportunities associated with the Panama Canal expansion and will provide guidance on short-, medium-, and long-term projects to facilitate and expedite the movement of trade - both imports and exports - through Texas deep water ports. The work group plans to meet several times in various Texas cities.

Work Group members include:

Organization Representative
Texas Association of Manufacturers Jack Todd
Texas Port Association John LaRue
Port of Houston Authority Jim Edmonds
BNSF Fred Malesa
Texas Motor Transportation Association John Esparza
Texas Economic Development Council Carlton Schwab
Texas Oil and Gas Association Jim Greenwood
Texas Farm Bureau Kenneth Dierschke
Harris County Judge's Office Honorable Judge Ed Emmett, Chair
City of McAllen Rigoberto Villarreal
Alliance Texas Steve Boecking
Cameron County Honorable Judge Carlos H. Cascos
Union Pacific Joseph Adams
East Harris County Manufacturers Association Jim Griffin
Office of the Governor, Economic Development & Tourism Aaron Demerson


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