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11-27 12:10pm Garland speaks to Gary LaGrange

Nov 27, 2012|

Garland speaks to Gary LaGrange, President and CEO, Port of New Orleans, about New Orleans, Louisiana leading the country in steel manufacturing, digital innovation and a growing port.

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I just getting the text. Usually good -- about. You should download certain negative Cho always gloom and doom. Who we do really. A good show and thoroughly good show for openings so you don't get Garland. We're still listed in education with the -- -- tome -- never moved them here. A couple of more like that men in the -- we always do -- -- I've been critical this flinched or thirty plus years. But over the last couple years. Do admit when I say the Michael -- in the others that are or a new trend changed things here I -- village five move forward forward. You may have been I'm just seen a lot of good points are pushing change that I never expected to see and so yeah. Which -- a major problem -- sodas every descended so observers of the country. But the problems we have we've improved in a whole lot of them. I'm joined now -- interviewed Joseph Jordan to -- loans text ask him what are you reading from. It's an article that I discovered -- new geography dot com and it's called the rise of the third coached. Meaning do you. You Gulf Coast and basically what this article is saying. Is that the East Coast and was coached or doing is good as they use to and and a lot of business and people were coming our way is by -- collecting. City journal contributing editor at editor in distinguished. Presidential fellow. Urban futures at Chapman University is one that road. We're joined by -- brother Joseph president CEO purported New Orleans Gerri welcome back to show Garland ought to do here. This this is good news in this article I don't know if you saw a -- I wanted to ask you. How sold this affect support it could affect syndrome one brings as saying. Toward your -- and the nation's scales in employment despite the federal crack down on a -- drilling in the gulf country in the region. The region boast new shale play is now being. Developed in north Louisiana. Does does that affect the port here at all do you do you get an. It -- from their. It doesn't affect the Port of New Orleans tremendously but it doesn't like Louisiana. Are certainly that does affect a lot of -- workers. -- -- push on for example. That's actually the number he says 28%. The number we generally use that we get is 3030 to 33%. Of all of the our country's fuel is actually processed. One way or the other to import push on. We think that's huge. And certainly bodes well for Louisiana. With the Port of New Orleans itself I know we we don't feel a lot in any type of -- Cargo would be a liquid or dry bulk. A lot of that is handled up river by the port of south Louisiana. That's come of their niche. This part of the -- British prime admitted for sure. That Putin. -- saying. Texas and Louisiana are you ready for this understand business. They'll -- them what this industry is all about they expect you to manage the risk if you wanna do permitted in California they won't return your call. But here they want everything to work. Am I found another story about business in Louisiana it's from -- the next. Playing in Louisiana more in the vice president who was quoted as saying. Louisiana has an administrator process that works for business. I'm not saying about the you know NC -- it strictly for Louisiana. That's something we never before run. How would come a long way in the last twenty to thirty years from City Hall to the capital in Baton Rouge I think we really have streamlined. A lot of -- permitting process and certainly as you just said is not perfect. Nobody has put or we have really expedited things and I think Louisiana's business climate is one of the best to find -- works. This is this when you and I've talked about opinion in the past the lack of skill workers and how we get them trained in how to move pundit this story says quote. Not only does the do we generate energy industry employed people and pay them well the effects work in reverse tune. But the growing pool of skilled workers are offering companies like new -- that some -- you company and its -- Employs some room 350 people at real good money and Valero. To expand the boot to the third coast. When you're building -- facilities you need people with great skills are you seeing that change. Absolutely we you know I -- I sit here and I can't help but observe. Particularly overseas so promote use of a fabrication standpoint as an example. All the councils will be offshore drilling industry or -- here in Louisiana. In many cases Louisiana workers are exported. I sought in France last year with some of the drilling activity. And certainly it's really prolific down in Brazil was well. Where there actually exporting our workers to go down and will therefore you're -- to develop the guidelines for building these new industries and these foreign countries. During connected -- for a couple -- -- all right take a break we're grand jury look groans -- -- presidency Joseph Porter New Orleans I'm talking about good news about Louisiana's sure looks like it's changing a lot of good ones where they go about your article called home run as of the third coats the Gulf Coast that is extremely. Low over Torre who would you go in particular New Orleans by Jules cut and and it's in nude geography dot com if you'd like to read it. We have guru groans when the president and C you reported New Orleans because in the article it says. Exports to the third coast have tripled in value and whether it's your trade reached record levels and purported New Orleans we Zealand. Has become a dominant player in the agricultural. Export industry. We've -- out of the nation's gained -- exports. Going through -- sports. A New Orleans is now ranked fifth in the nation is always correct. Yes actually arguably we're fourth in the country M and when you combine that with the lower Mississippi River Garland and that's got -- the mouth of the river 290 miles. This is the largest ports system in the world bigger than Shanghai Singapore Rotterdam and all the big players. We move 50500. Million tons of cargo a year. On this river and were connected to 33 states and three Canadian provinces by water. And the railroads all came here less central we have more railroads and any other port. In the United States and as we speak I'm looking at a huge tanker going out to -- -- down river right now. Obviously that came into one of the dozen or so refineries. Between here in Baton Rouge dropped off a huge load and -- back out now. I mean it's amazing. Object to the movement of commerce that occurs on this more Mississippi River. 121000 ships a year 500000. Board's move much 380000. People in the United States have jobs because of the port of new loans. 167000. In the state 6667000. In the greater new columns area. Absolutely meg -- Duluth. Home. Jury I -- you do you think you're Gary LaGrange but including country you look -- -- direct not what you're everywhere you -- to change that on the border vertex it's as please as fruit grown should defined. Processed at crucial. You going to be talking about oil right. He gets transportation. More so than processing the processing. Of course takes place saw the the element that -- on primarily that takes place. It's transportation. In transshipment. Of the product on the processing takes place in the refineries. Or is actually transferred by pipeline. To other refineries and other areas. All right yeah you enormity whenever I have Ulanova always got there gonna have at least. One what -- moment. Sure opened up the road York times today there were talking about the drought in 2012 it just kind of skimmed it and I hit the second paragraph it's. Army Corps of Engineers has been reducing the amount of water flowing from the upper Mississippi River Missouri River current into the Mississippi River. Albany ensuring that the economically vital river traffic. Will be squeezed even further it up. Water levels fall lower -- the transport of seven billion dollars in products. In December in January. Alone. Could be stopped altogether. Oh yeah. Yeah that's that's a scary thought I just had a conversation yesterday afternoon's morning with. Commissioner of agriculture Mike strain about that he's really getting on the bandwagon. -- biggest net effect at a meeting that was set early this morning apparently. Is from the bread basket though all of this has to do with a lot of corn and grain. The movement -- Corning drained but if something doesn't get and if there's not a water policy -- national water management policy. That's developed in Washington. Up soon. They will close the Army Corps of Engineers will close down the upper Missouri to all traffic. Now bear in mind that 60%. Of all the grain and it's grown in America comes right down. The Mississippi River through New Orleans. That would be appalling. The grain export would would just literally -- -- -- and disintegrate into nothing overnight with an alarming situation. With a different day you were a few days is Zurich. It depends on how quickly they could divert water from the rose wars and idioms. Back into the upper Mo and how much it would Terry. I think that's one of the things are deliberating right now but they they can't deliberate -- very long it's hypocritical. In this for the courts let -- we will have believed the court. When we don't have the legal authority operate the Missouri River solely for the benefit of the Mississippi River. And then you've got the economists -- water levels on Mississippi at Saint Louis Wright or approaching record -- And whether or not the Coast Guard or the core. Actually closes down the -- navigation. The effect on shipping will be the same economics. Sure the river that. Sure that's that's essentially all true I mean it's a critical situation. That's why again we need a national water management plan we do not have wanted placed. The corps of engineers said they don't control the rivers. The core of what if they don't -- who does somebody's somebody's certainly have to control the rivers the regulation -- -- when we have the high water situation here last year. The corps of engineers certainly opened up the out. The bonnet Carre spillway. And they opened up the dog -- and so and did the things that they have to do to divert the flow of the water. So I'm really and it's a quandary and I'm really amazed that that statement about the -- not having control on the a majority again if they don't who does. Do. Probably is six months ago T. Boone Pickens on the here. In Baltimore writes there is some river I think on the border with Texas and Louisiana. And I -- more important buying water rights out of a river and he said Weller RR -- shortages are going to be water -- struggle look February done. Yeah yeah that we you know there's an old organization in Washington a horse and still existed cold water resource as congress. Also was lucky enough to serve as chairman of that group for a couple years. And I can tell you water diversion up in those areas North Dakota South Dakota are up -- the upper Missouri is a huge huge issue. And the lack of water it's a huge issue out in Colorado in California. The rationing and water's been with us for some twenty years now. It's prepared sporadic moments you know whatever the -- -- terms. And ironically I don't think people most people know you can shored up that Minnesota you go to Hannibal. Missouri you can go to the Baton Rouge. They altered their water -- -- were purged that are being depleted where you don't want to exit on the river and should be on another reason primary attractive that's correct. Jerry always moved a pleasure to have your own and particularly when it's mostly good news you have a great day. Thank you conserve water -- absolutely. Take a break come right back governor of the old big 8:7 AM one of 53 different.