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Friday
Jun092017

TxDOT and Ports to Plains Alliance improve transportation in West Texas

Fox 34

June 9, 2017

LUBBOCK, Texas - The president traveled to Ohio touting a one trillion dollar infrastructure plan. TxDOT and the Ports to Plains Alliance discussed how to improve the transportation of goods here in the state.

The Ports to Plains corridor plays a big role as the new Texas Freight Mobility Plan is underway.

The transportation of goods across the state is a big part of our economy and the Texas Freight Mobility plan is a movement focusing on the transportation of those goods.

"The most important element of the plan is that it looks at how we can move goods," said Caroline Mays Section Director for Freight and International Trade for the Texas Department of Transportation. "That helps companies locate in Texas, stay in Texas, expand in Texas and also provides jobs for Texans and improve the quality of life. "

At the moment, the Ports to Plains corridor runs from Lubbock to Amarillo, but it could be much greater. 

"We have identified the Ports to Plains corridor as a principal corridor because it connects the Mexican border and goes all the way to Canada," Mays said. "In terms of moving goods, not just within the state, but also in a national and in a multi-state, it plays a key role."

 Read on...

Tuesday
May302017

2017 Energy and Agriculture Summit to be Held in Denver

Everything Lubbock

May 30, 2017

The Ports-To-Plains Alliance announced today it will host the 2017 Energy and Agriculture Summit June 13-14 in Denver, Colorado.

Organizations and individuals focused on energy and agriculture will have an opportunity to learn more about these critical economic drivers through dynamic panel discussions, keynote speakers and industry networking event
“The goal of the 2017 Energy and Agriculture Summit is to tell our economic story of energy and agriculture productivity,” explains Michael Reeves, president of the Ports-To-Plains Alliance. “The Summit will give industry leaders a platform to discuss pressing issues and learn how together, we can drive change.”
The 2017 Energy and Agriculture Summit, which will be held at the Denver Airport Marriott at Gateway Park, offers a great opportunity to foster innovation, cooperation and success across the Ports-To-Plains region.

Tuesday
May232017

Heartland Expressway gaining traction in Washington

Scottsbluff Star Herald

May 23, 2017

Deb Cottier, Heartland Expressway AssociationWith chatter of President Trump’s proposed $1 trillion-infrastructure package, The Heartland Expressway is gaining traction on Capitol Hill, according to Daniel Bennett of Panhandle Area Development District and Scottsbluff City Manager Nathan Johnson.

Bennett, Johnson and Kimball City Administrator Dan Dean participated in a fly-in to the nation’s capital at the end of April, joining a delegation from the Ports-to-Plains Alliance. Ports-to-Plains is a grassroots organization of over 275 communities and businesses, including the Heartland Expressway, the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway in North and South Dakota, and the Eastern Alberta (Canada) Trade Corridor Coalition. Their goal is to advocate for a robust international transportation infrastructure to promote economic security and prosperity throughout North America’s energy and agricultural heartland including Mexico to Canada.

Tuesday
May022017

Getting more out of the Ports-to-Plains Alliance Corridor

May 2, 2017

One of the exciting things about traveling the Ports-to-Plains Alliance Corridor is seeing the economic development benefits of the increased number of travelers along the corridor.  Over the past couple of years, small towns have seen new hotels and truck stops… Dumas, TX; Stratford, TX; Boise City, OK; Eads, CO and Brush, CO have all seen this type of growth and there are others.

The question that is often asked is, what can we do to get even more economic benefit?  Our member, the Town of Limon, found one way to create a community vision designed to increase the economic benefit of its highway corridor as well as its quality of life.  Limon, a town with a population of under 2,000, rests at a highway hub where five major highways come together including the Ports-to-Plains Corridor and Interstate 70.  This small town, once bypassed by Interstate 70, has seen significant economic growth over the years including numerous truck stops, hotels, restaurants and convenience stores. Yet, the town continues to evaluate its potential and found that many of the travelers had no idea of the destinations available off the town’s highway interchanges. Despite reaching about 80,000 lodging nights a year, most visitors never explored the rest of the town to find out what was there.  Few recognized the cultural experience of the Limon Heritage Museum, the recreation opportunities offered by the Tamarack Golf Course, swimming pool, and fishing pond or the entertainment options of a historical movie theatre, bowling alley and local restaurants.

When Limon updated its Comprehensive Plan in 2014-15, it focused on economic development. The local citizens recognized the value of the transportation system including the Ports-to-Plains Corridor, but also recognized that they could still do better.  As a result multiple goals in the Comp Plan addressed the need to explore ways to provide the visitors a better understanding of what this small town had to offer, in the short and long term, and ways to encourage those travelers to #ExploreLimon. CLICK HERE to view or download the Comprehensive Plan.

These goals led the Town to apply on a national basis to host a Citizens’ Institute on Rural Designä (CIRD).  The CIRD program is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, USDA-Rural Development, Project for Public Spaces and Orton Family Foundation.  Limon was one of seven (7) communities across the nation to be selected from the 52 applications.  Following eight months of preparation, the CIRD workshop was held over a three-day period, February 27-March 1, 2017.  The Workshop included presentations focusing on wayfaring/signage and development of bicycle/pedestrian trails, but the majority of time was spent with community members creating visions for these two topics. The community was joined by National and State Resource Teams which brought significant expertise and energy to the small community. 

To see the final report, please CLICK HERE.  There are some great ideas included in the report for small community implementation.

For more information on CIRD, CLICK HERE.

As a result of the CIRD Workshop, the State Resource Team opened an even larger door to explore and implement not only the visions for wayfaring/signage and bicycle/pedestrian paths but many of the other projects included in the Comprehensive Plan.  The State Resource team has offered to host another project funders meeting to hear Limon’s “Grand Plan” and make commitment for funding a variety of long term community projects.  The transportation system continues to be a huge catalyst for accomplishing any of the goals and objectives defined during the planning process.  Without that transportation system, it is hard to picture Limon’s economy and quality of life.  That is one reason for Limon’s commitment to the Ports-to-Plains Alliance. 

Limon’s economic plans are not limited to increasing and improving the visitors’ numbers and experience.  You will see in the Comp Plan that the community is also supporting of efforts to recruit primary jobs.  During the same period Limon was granted the authority to operate a Foreign Trade Zone and continues to look to provide a base for manufacturing, assembly and distribution.

Rural communities need to find ways to create the vision of their community for the future.  Hanging on to the status quo is not vision.  If you have questions, please contact Joe Kiely, who serves Ports-to-Plains Alliance as its Vice President of Operations (719-740-2240 – joe.kiely@portstoplains.com)

Wednesday
Jul312013

Theodore Roosevelt Expressway - Editorial: Bring Highway 85 up to speed

Officials, engineers and interested members of the public need to push to resolve a multitude of small and large conflicts before work can begin improving Highway 85.

Click here for complete article > Bismarck Tribune

July 29, 2013

Cautious incremental progress has been made over the years on creating the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway. In North Dakota that would mean making Highway 85 from the South Dakota border north to Canada a four-lane highway. It would be a step toward finishing a visionary Ports-to-Plains road system which would upgrade north-south commercial traffic from Texas through North Dakota.

Planning and work on the TR Expressway needs to pick up speed.

The need for better highway transportation in western North Dakota and South Dakota is now. The development of the Bakken oil fields in western North Dakota and eastern Montana has put tremendous stress on highways in the region…

Wednesday
Jul242013

Our view: Create 4-lane Highway 85 sooner rather than later

Thank you to the Editorial Board of the Dickinson Press for this well stated opinion.  The Ports-to-Plains Alliance would point out that the current opposition, two letters to North Dakota DOT, that seems to be stopping this project, should be set aside.  Until the environmental process (NEPA) begins and the alternatives are defined and all parties are allowed at the table, delaying this project is unacceptable. The National Park Service would give the same response if they were planning a project requiring an environmental assessment.  These letters cannot be used as an excuse to prohibit the NEPA process.  The North Dakota legislature has provided significant funding to address this need.  Let’s encourage the NDDOT to move forward with the legal process and find the right alternative that balances the infrastructure need with the environmental impact.

That is unacceptable of any U.S. highway, especially one that is a major artery for traffic in oil country where we must accept that some drivers just aren’t going to be as cautious as others.

It is time the state takes the initiative and begins realistic discussions as to how a project of this stature could take place.

Click here for complete article > Dickinson Press

July 21, 2013

Six years ago, the idea of making U.S. Highway 85 into a four-lane road from the Canadian border to Spearfish, S.D., was first pitched as the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway by the Port-to-Plains Alliance.

Back then, the western North Dakota oil boom was but a twinkle in the eyes of speculators and the impression was that this side of the state was withering away and we needed a shot in the arm like a four-lane highway in the west to help bolster the economy.

 

Today, the economy is plenty bolstered by the oil industry. But, a byproduct of that has been the overburdening of roads — especially Highway 85 — with increased traffic from semi trucks and oil-industry work vehicles...

Tuesday
Jul232013

Expanding Highway 85: Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Association continues push for 4-lane Road

Click here for complete article > Dickinson Press

July 17, 2013

The Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Association is continuing its goal of turning Highway 85 from a two-lane road into a four-lane all the way through North Dakota.

Cal Klewin, Theodore Roosevelt Expressway Association executive director, said there are plans for the representatives to speak to the North Dakota Department of Transportation next week about further expansion of Highway 85, focusing on the area near Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Klewin spoke during Tuesday’s Stark Development Corporation’s board of directors meeting at the Dickinson Chamber of Commerce.

“We will need to address issues with the park,” he said. “They do not want any improvements to go through that park with a four-lane structure. We’re going to try and figure out how to work through that.”…

Tuesday
Jul092013

Ports to Plains meet in Wainwright

Ports to Plains also supports the Eastern Alberta Trade Corridor, another organization that hopes to open alternate further trade routes down the eastern corridor of Alberta from Fort McMurray on to Texas and into Mexico. The attendees included ministers, MLAs, mayors and reeves as well as business leaders from Alberta to Manitoba, Montana, Texas, North Dakota and Colorado. They discussed border crossing data from 2004-2012, and the support they have in opening up the Wild Horse crossing in Southeastern Alberta to a 24-hour crossing.

Click here for complete article > Star News

July 9, 2013

Alberta Minister of International and Intergovernmental Relations Cal DallasThe Northern Ports-to-Plains Alliance Working Group Meeting was held in Wainwright last week, June 20 - 21, as part of the Ports to Plains (P2P) Alliance project.

P2P is a grassroots alliance of communities and businesses which advocate for improved transportation infrastructure to promote economic security and prosperity throughout North America’s energy and agricultural heartland...