September 30, 2014 by T. Parker Host Admin

During the week of September 21, 2014, representatives from T. Parker Host, Inc. were in attendance for two major events regarding the Port of Virginia and the Port of Savannah.

On September 24, 2014, Vice President Joe Biden spoke to members of the maritime industry regarding the Port of Virginia at the Nauticus Maritime Museum in Norfolk, Virginia. In attendance for Host was Robert “Bobby” Scott, Vice President of Operations for T. Parker Host.

During his speech, Vice President Biden announced the $15 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) Grant given by the U.S. Department of Transportation to the port. The grant will be matched by the Virginia Port Authority, and will be used to connect Norfolk International Terminals to Interstate 564 as well as for construction of a new intermodal gate at the terminal. Using the money from the grant to fund these two items is expected save around $4 million each year on highway maintenance costs and increase terminal capacity by 1.2 million container units. Vice President Biden was accompanied by Norfolk Mayor Paul Fraim, VPA CEO/Executive Director John Reinhart, U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administrator Paul Jaenichen, Senator Mark Warner, and Governor Terry McAuliffe as shown in the photo below.

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On September 25, 2014, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director, Curtis Foltz, delivered the 2014 Savannah State of the Port address. Approximately 1,350 people attended the address at Savannah’s International Trade and Convention Center. In attendance for T. Parker Host were Vice Chairman, Thomas “Tom” Host, and Chris Howard, Operations Manager for Georgia. Joining our members for the event were Ken Schuster, Trish Haver, Jeff Gresham, Brantley Odum, and Will Tomberlin.

Mr. Foltz highlighted several items during the address including the following:

  • Bulk cargo import/exports were up 8.4% to 2.7 million tons.
  • Georgia Port Authority has set aside $1.3 billion for capital investments over the next 10 years.
  • With the passing of the Water Resources Reform & Development Act in June, the state received $266 million to invest in deepening the port.
  • The completion of the Savannah River deepening is expected to coincide with the Panama Canal Expansion in 2016.
</a> Chris Howard (2nd from the left), Tom Host (3rd from the left), and guests during the Savannah State of the Port Address

Chris Howard (2nd from the left), Tom Host (3rd from the left), and guests during the Savannah State of the Port Address

T. Parker Host, Inc. is honored to be invited to events such as Joe Biden's speech and the Savannah State of the Port address. These events allow for our team to stay informed on current events regarding the Ports, and provides the opportunity for Host to build long-term relationships with other members in the industry.