Gov. Ivey awards grants to increase vitality of state’s inland ports spacerimage

Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded more than $1.76 million to continue to improve commerce at Alabama’s inland ports and boost economic development.

The awarding of the three grants under the Alabama Inland Port Infrastructure Program comes several months after Gov. Ivey awarded $3.2 million for similar projects. An inland port is a port located along one of Alabama’s inland waterways that provides an inter-modal transportation hub.

“Alabama’s inland ports are a valuable resource because they supply the capability to put finished goods and raw materials closer to the source where they are manufactured or needed,” Gov. Ivey said. “These grants will help port authorities and managers to take advantage of the state’s abundance of rivers and large waterways and enable them to serve as another avenue to get our economy back on track.”

The program was established through $5 million allocated by the Alabama Legislature in the 2019 regular session. Applicants are required to provide at least a 20 percent match, and projects must be completed within two years after the grant award.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants through its Energy Division.

“Gov. Ivey recognizes that it often makes good economic sense to utilize the state’s inland ports and that having that transportation option can be an important tool in recruiting industry,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.

Those awarded grants are:

Decatur-Morgan County Port Authority – $1.4 million to construct a warehouse at the Mallard Fox Creek Port on the Tennessee River.

Greene County Industrial Development Authority – $198,161 to improve road access and parking at the Crossroads of America Port and Park on the Tombigbee River.

City of Jackson – $169,248 – to conduct a dredging project at the Port of Jackson along the Tombigbee River.

ADECA administers a wide range of programs that support law enforcement, victim programs, economic development, water resource management, energy conservation and recreation.