President Obama Focuses on Growing Exports,Economy During Visit to Port of New Orleans

Published on : Monday, November 11, 2013

Port-of-New-OrleansPresident Barack Obama toured the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal and spoke to a crowd of more than 500 on the importance of growing the nation’s economy through increased exports today.

This is one of the busiest port complexes in the entire world,‖ President Obama told the crowd following a tour of the Napoleon Avenue Container Terminal. ―You move millions of tons of steel and chemicals and fuel and food every single year. And, in so many ways, this Port is representative of what ports all around the country do: They help to keep our economy going – moving products, moving people, making sure that businesses are working.

President Obama highlighted the 60 percent of the nation’s grain that is exported by ports along the Lower Mississippi River from states, such as his home state of Illinois.Corn and wheat from my home state come down the River, ending up here and going all around the
world,‖ President Obama said.Part of the reason why we’ve been able to increase exports so rapidly, is because we’ve got some of the best natural resources, waterways and facilities in the world.

The President toured the container terminal with Port President and CEO Gary LaGrange, Ports America General Manager Keith Palmisano, ILA longshoreman Chris Hammond, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx and Congressman Cedric Richmond.Today was a monumental occasion, as we hosted our 44th President Barack Obama,LaGrange told the
crowd.We are here today at one of the most robust ports in the world within the world’s largest port complex – the Lower Mississippi River. This River serves 62 percent of the nation’s consumer spending public. That’s 32 states and two Canadian provinces. We are truly the gateway to America and the world. And as the global and national economy continues to recover and grow, international trade will fuel that growth.

Source:-Port of New Orleans

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