Alexander, Corker Say Cates Landing Port Means New Jobs for West Tennessee

Posted on March 17, 2011

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., today released the following statements on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s announcement that it will award $13 million to the Northwest Tennessee Regional Port at Cates Landing to construct a new inland harbor and intermodal facility, which is a facility that allows the transfer of freight from one mode of transportation to another (such as from a barge to a train). The project, which has been in development for 20 years, is being funded through the Department’s competitively awarded grants program and will also be supported by state and local funding. 

Alexander said: “The Port at Cates Landing has been one of my top priorities for several years as a United State Senator. West Tennessee communities have worked long and hard to earn this funding through a competitively awarded grant. This new step in the development of the Port will help make it easier and cheaper to bring much-needed private-sector jobs to West Tennessee.”

Corker said: “Completion of the port and related infrastructure at Cates Landing will be a huge boost for the economy and will have a lasting positive impact on the region and our state. I’m particularly proud of the hard work done at the local, state and federal levels to secure these competitive grant funds. At a time when everyone knows we need to do more with less and dramatically reduce spending  in Washington, this effort is a good use of existing resources.”

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