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Rich History | Big Possibilities

16th Annual Ports-to-Plains Conference

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Big Spring EDC

Representatives from Big Spring Economic Development attended the 16th Annual Ports-to-Plains Alliance which was held in Amarillo and drew participants from across the United States and beyond. 

Big Spring is a cross through for the Ports to Plains Corridor; this is reason for the bypass that will begin construction January 2014. This bypass will illuminate heavy truck traffic and wear and tear on downtown roads.

More than 200 people attended the conference, which was focused on transportation along a corridor extending from Laredo to the U.S.-Canada border. Congress designated the Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor as a federal high-priority corridor in 1998.

Conference registrants included people from Alberta, Canada, Canadian Consulate at Dallas, Mexico, as well as participants from Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Colorado, South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana, Conference session began with keynote speech by Texas Transportation Commissioner Jeff Moseley, followed by sessions on border security and efficiency at the U.S.-Canada border, trucking issues, renewable energy opportunities, and connecting Ports-to-Plains to Mexico’s west coast.

Economist Ray Perryman delivered Thursday morning keynote address and gave an update on the economy across the nation.

The Ports-to-Plains Alliance consists of three major U.S. highway groups: Texas-based Ports-to-Plains Trade Corridor Coalition, Nebraska-based Heartland Expressway and North Dakota-based Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Association.

The alliance promotes the primary industries and policy interests of the Ports-to-Plainseconomic region, particularly on issues related to energy, agriculture and infrastructure.