Philadelphia Regional Port Authority Hosts First Meeting of Governor Wolf’s Port of Philadelphia Advisory Committee
14-Member Team Will Regularly Meet to Advise PRPA Board on Current Issues
April 14, 2016
Philadelphia, PA –
The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority (PRPA) Board of Directors hosted the inaugural meeting of the Port of Philadelphia Advisory Committee at PRPA’s headquarters on Tuesday, April 12. The Committee, established by PA Governor Tom Wolf in December 2015, will regularly advise the Board and staff of PRPA on relevant port issues.
Comprised of business, labor, and government officials selected by Governor Wolf, the Port of Philadelphia Advisory Committee was formed to provide an effective, transparent forum to ensure an ongoing, substantive dialogue between PRPA and its stakeholders. As indicated by its title, the committee will be advisory in nature and will meet with PRPA Board Members and staff on a quarterly basis. Agenda items will include, among other topics, port strategic and real estate planning, macro maritime industry conditions, port infrastructure requirements, and the optimization of market opportunities.
11 of the 14 appointees to the committee attended the initial meeting, which included an overview of the Port, a report on the Port’s 2015 cargo statistics, updates on the 45-foot channel-deepening and Southport projects, a PRPA financial report, an update on PRPA’s search for a new CEO, the ongoing study of the Port by the PA Dept. of Transportation (PennDOT), and, finally, an overview of PRPA’s Procurement and Diversity programs.
Mr. Sweeney was pleased with the results of the first meeting. “This meeting was focused on providing background information on the Port’s facilities and current business initiatives, he said. “We accomplished that objective, and were delighted at the level of engagement by committee members. Our board and staff are excited about establishing a productive dialogue with the committee, to further accelerate execution of the Port’s initiatives.”
The members of Governor Wolf’s Port of Philadelphia Advisory Committee are:
- Leonidas (Leo) Addimando of the Alterra Group, representing State Senator Lawrence M. Farnese, Jr.– whose district includes large portions of the Port;
- Wadud Ahmad of Ahmad Zaffarese, LLC;
- Denise Brinley, Special Assistant to the Secretary – Strategic Industry Initiatives, Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED);
- Toby L. Fauver, PennDOT Deputy Secretary for Multimodal Transportation;
- Chelsea Guzowski, Director of Special Projects, Pennsylvania Office of the Budget;
- William Hamilton, president, Pennsylvania Conference of Teamsters;
- Rudy Husband, vice president, Norfolk Southern Corporation – Pennsylvania and New England;
- Deputy Mayor of Philadelphia Rich Lazer, representing Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney;
- Kate McNamara, vice president, real estate service, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC);
- Rodney Oglesby, vice president of government affairs, CSX Corporation;
- Robert W. Palaima, president, Delaware River Stevedores – operator of PRPA’s Tioga Marine Terminal;
- James H. Paylor, Jr., vice president, International Longshoremen’s Union;
- James Snell, business agent, Steamfitters Local Union 420;
- and Harvey Weiner, president, Dependable Distribution Services – operator of PRPA’s cocoa complex at Pier 84.
Upon announcing his committee appointments in December 2015, Governor Wolf said, “The continuing success of the Port of Philadelphia as Pennsylvania’s international seaport largely depends on strengthening the working relationships we have with business, labor, and our locally elected officials. I believe by establishing this advisory committee, we are formalizing these bonds, and tapping into a variety of valuable resources for the challenges ahead.”
PRPA will report on future meetings of the Port of Philadelphia Advisory committee as they occur.