TAMPA, Fla.—Port Tampa Bay was pleased to host this week a two-day meeting and workshop of the Florida Transportation Commission, which provides leadership in meeting the state’s transportation needs through policy guidance on issues of statewide importance and maintains oversight for the Florida Department of Transportation and other related authorities.
Officials presenting on topics or participating in discussions represented some of the highest levels of leadership within the state’s transportation offices and districts, as well as consultants and other professionals focused on key issues facing the state regarding investments, policy, and infrastructure. Participating in discussions were: Ron Howse, chairman, Florida Transportation Commission (FTC); Ananth Prasad, secretary, Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT); Peter Partlow, principal, E Sciences, Inc.; Rich Biter, assistant secretary for intermodal systems development, FDOT; Brian Blanchard, assistant secretary for engineering and operations; and the seven district secretaries of FDOT.
Attendees of the workshop enjoyed a tour of major port customer Tampa Steel Erecting Company, Florida’s oldest existing steel erector/fabricator plant, which has been in business since 1945, as well as a waterside harbor tour of the state’s largest port.
“We are very pleased to host strategic partners in transportation, such as the Florida Transportation Commission, Paul Anderson, port president and CEO, said. “With the completion of recent major transportation projects like the Tampa Gateway Rail terminal and the I-4/Selmon Expressway Connector, Port Tampa Bay has become a vital intermodal port, so it’s wonderful to provide the exposure to Florida’s most diverse port to a group of leaders and policy makers who have a significant hand in the future of transportation initiatives within our great and rapidly growing state.”
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