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|Port for Tensas viewed|
A meeting was held at the Tensas Parish Police Jury office on Dec. 18 to discuss location, infrastructure and other key components to securing a port for Tensas Parish.
Sen.-elect Rep. Francis Thompson led the discussion, emphasizing what a port would mean to the economic development of the area, namely that port industries could "jump start" the economy with much-needed jobs and an expanded tax base.
Tanna Trichel, president and CEO of the Northeast Louisiana Economic Alliance, offered suggestions on funding and financing sources.
Danny Magee of Magee Consultants has been hired by the Tensas Police Jury to conduct a feasibility study and to provide a master plan for the port facility. Magee will also be the grant-writer for the project.
Paul Capdepon, chairman of the Tensas Port Commission, said he and the committee have been talking to property owners and are working to secure acreage for the port.
In supporting the project, Thompson said, "You don't have to look any further than the Lake Providence port and the Madison Parish port to understand the positive economic impact that a port can have for rural areas.
Thompson will be working with U.S. Rep. Rodney Alexander, state senator-elect Neil Riser, Rep. Andy Anders and representative-elect Sen. Noble Ellington to secure the port.
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