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|Officials tour Vidalia port site|
Dozens of parish political officials and business leaders joined officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers today (Wednesday) to tour the proposed site of a loading and unloading facility in Vidalia.
Vidalia Mayor Hyram Copeland organized the tour and was joined by consultant Joe Woods, Concordia Economic Development District Chairman Richard Young and Col. Mike Wehr, Commander of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers' Vicksburg District, which is one of six districts in the Corps' Mississippi Valley Drevenue after adjustments of $9,d for the Corps of Engineers for 38 years, said the proposed site for the unloading and loading facility is three miles south of the city limits of Vidalia near the industrial park.
"The basic thrust is to build a loading and unloading facility to give access to the Mississippi River for commodities coming into and going out of the City of Vidalia, as well as other parts of the state," Woods said. "This will be a great economic boost to this part of the state and even beyond."
Woods said the Corps of Engineers has the responsibility of approving anything built inside the levee.
"We are introducing our plans to the Corps of Engineers and want them to identify any problems that need solving," Woods said. "The Corps has done a magnificent job in years past putting in training dikes which keep the river trained in one direction. We've worked around those dikes and found a location that we feel is advantageous to the city. We're letting them know how important this facility is to the people in this region, whether they live in Louisiana or Mississippi."
Young said he would like to see more people attend the Concordia Economic Development District meetings.
"We're continuing our efforts to get the parish going in a positive direction," Young said. "That's where we are headed right now. It's all just a matter of communication, which is what the meeting with the Corps is all about."
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