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Northern Ports-to-Plains Alliance Task Force Meeting

April 2, 2012

222 N.32nd St., ground floor conference room of Granite Tower, Billings, MT

By way of background, this effort had its roots in three items. First, the decision that Ports-to-Plains Alliance wishes to develop greater involvement in Montana at the local levels.  Second, the development and growth of a Southern Task Force in West Texas and Mexico that has existed for a couple of years.  Third is comments by local economic developers about seeing the need to establish more dialogues within this region.  It seems that there are issues like those of border crossings that could be addressed with a larger cross border voice.

Agenda Overview

  • The Ports-to-Plains Alliance: An Overview
    • Joe Kiely, Vice President of Operations, Ports-to-Plains Allianc
  • Western Energy Corridor
    • Tom Kaiserski, Program Manager, Energy Promotion and Development Division, Montana Department of Commerce
  • Regional Updates
    • Eastern Alberta Corridor
      • Speaker: Rodger Cole, Eastern Alberta Trade Corridor
    • Montana
      • Speaker: Al Jones, Chief of Scouts, aljonesbusinessgrowth.com
    • Theodore Roosevelt Expressway
      • Speaker: Cal Klewin, Executive Director, Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Association
    • Saskatchewan
      • Speaker: John Parker, General Manager, Community Futures Southwest
  • Bringing It Together

Whether you are from Montana, North Dakota, Alberta and Saskatchewan, if energy, agriculture, manufacturing, trade, border crossings or economic development is your interest, this discussion would be worth the time.  If you have questions, contact Joe Kiely, Ports-to-Plains Alliance at joe.kiely@portstoplains.com or call 303-586-1787.


Stay Tuned: The Transportation Reauthorization Saga Continues Today 

Extension … Senate Bill … Conference Committee … Shutdown … Here are a few articles summarizing the significant of today.  With the House scheduled to leave Washington DC tonight, it is T Day.  Looks like an extension in our crystal ball. The April 1st deadline looms.  Stay tuned!


Road bill gridlock worries states

“The Highway Trust Fund — the place where federal gas taxes are deposited — will start incurring losses to the tune of $110 million each day the law is lapsed. That means states won’t be reimbursed for projects already under way, putting them in the uncomfortable position of trying to decide how long they can float the money before they have to shutter projects midstream. The uncertainty created will also mean states just won’t start new projects already planned.”

Click here for complete article > Politico

March 28, 2012

The doomsday clock is ticking down on a Sunday expiration of surface transportation programs, and there’s nowhere those bells are tolling as loudly as back home in lawmakers’ districts.

State transportation departments are already preparing for the worst: North Carolina has tallied up about $1.2 billion worth of infrastructure projects at stake, West Virginia is preparing to idle projects and nationally many paychecks and jobs are on the line.

If Congress can’t come together on an extension by April 1, the federal government’s ability to collect and spend most of the federal gasoline tax money that fuels the nation’s transportation system will come to a screeching halt…


House Nears Vote on Highway Bill to Avert Halt to Road Projects

“Congress’s struggles to agree on a multi-year bill have drawn out so long that the Highway Trust Fund is almost insolvent. Its highway account may be unable to meet its obligations as soon as October, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials said Jan. 31 in a report analyzing Congressional Budget Office data.”

Click here for complete article > Bloomberg

March 29, 2012

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote today on a bill to extend highway programs through June 30 that if passed would avert a shutdown of construction projects and the furlough of 3,500 federal government workers.

The House Rules Committee approved a resolution yesterday calling for today’s vote in the Republican-led chamber. The panel blocked a push by Democrats for a separate vote on a two- year, $109 billion highway-spending plan passed by the Senate.

Road projects in every U.S. state would be affected if Congress fails to act by March 31. The U.S. would be forced to stop collecting all but 4.3 cents of the 18.4 cents-per-gallon federal tax on gasoline, putting further strain on the Highway Trust Fund, which pays for highway and transit projects…


Highway vote punt complicates Hill timing

Click here for complete article > Politico

March 27, 2012

On the Senate side, Barbara Boxer called the extension 'dangerous.' | AP PhotoThe House is once again at a standstill on the highway bill, just days before federal funding would be shut off and Congress skips town for its two-week recess.

Republicans yanked a 60-day extension of highway programs late Tuesday, after it became clear that Democrats would withhold their support for a short-term bill until Republicans agree to also pass a longer-term bill that will serve as their negotiating position in a few weeks when they conference the bill with the Senate. Republicans are planning a bill filled with energy policy to joust with the Senate’s bill…


Tuesday: House tries again on transportation extension

Click here for complete article > The Hill Floor Action Blog

March 26, 2012

The House meets at noon for legislative work, and will try again to pass a bill authorizing the short-term extension of federal highway programs.

GOP leaders were prepared to vote on the extension Monday, but pulled the bill back as House Democrats said they would oppose it in a bid to get Republicans to pass the Senate-approved highway bill. Because the bill was on the suspension calendar, it needed support from two-thirds of the House, an impossible hurdle to reach without about 50 Democratic votes…


Bennet and Udall Call for Passage of Senate Energy Bill to Extend Wind Energy Tax Credit 

“The Colorado Senators have advanced bipartisan efforts, with Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) as well as with members of the Colorado Delegation, to include the wind PTC extension in several bills. They have recently partnered with Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to introduce the American Energy and Job Promotion Act, a bipartisan bill to extend the PTC for wind and several other renewable energy technologies.”

Senator Mark Udall is a member of the Ports-to-Plains Alliance Caucus supporting rural transportation and economic development.


Click here for complete release > Senator Mark Udall

March 26, 2012

Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet today urged their Senate colleagues to pass a bill that would extend the wind energy production tax credit (PTC), along with several other renewable energy incentives, such as biofuels. The bill is paid for with a repeal of tax subsidies for the five biggest oil and gas companies while preserving tax incentives for small independent producers of natural gas and oil in Colorado and other states…


Weekly Address: President Obama Says House Must Pass Bipartisan Transportation Bill

"Now, getting these clean energy industries to locate here requires us to maintain a national commitment to new research and development.  But it also requires us to build world-class transportation and communications networks, so that any company can move goods and sell products all around the world as quickly and efficiently as possible."


Ckick here for complete article > The White House Blog

March 24, 2012

President Obama is calling on the House of Representatives to pass a bipartisan transportation bill that would repair crumbling roads and bridges and support construction jobs in communities all across America. According to a new report, 90 percent of these construction jobs are middle class jobs. The Senate passed the bill with the support of Democrats and Republicans because if the bill stalls in Congress then constructions sites will go idle, workers will have to go home, and our economy will take a hit…

A New Economic Analysis of Infrastructure Investment: A Report Prepared by the Department of the Treasury with the Council of Economic Advisers

March 23, 2012


Texas Tops Finds From Brazil to Bakken as Best Prospect: Energy 

From Alberta to Bakken to Niobrara to Eagle Ford … the Ports-to-Plains Alliance region is popping with energy!


Click here for complete article > Bloomberg

March 23, 2012

Drilling for oil in the brush-covered plains of south Texas is cheaper and less risky than exploration offshore Brazil. Photographer: J.G. Domke/Bloomberg Energy companies in search of oil riches rivaling the biggest finds from Brazil to Angola are flocking to Texas shale, where new wells have triggered a 230- fold increase in crude output in three years.

More than 115 years after a gusher 55 miles (88 kilometers) south of Dallas ushered in Texas’ first oil boom, U.S. producers such as ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO) are counting on the Eagle Ford Shale to boost crude output amid a glut-driven slump in natural-gas prices…


NAFTA Trade Value Hit Record High in 2011

Click here for complete article > Journal of Commerce

March 21, 2012

NAFTA imports rose 13.8 percent last year, while exports increased 14.8 percent. U.S. surface trade with Canada increased 14 percent to $537 billion. Surface trade with Mexico rose 14.6 percent to $367.1 billion.

2011 saw third largest year-to-year percentage increase since NAFTA took effect.

The value of surface transportation trade between the United States and its North American Free Trade Agreement partners Canada and Mexico increased by 14.3 percent to a record $904 billion in 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation said.