The West Calcasieu Port is now home to the 12th certified site in the state under the Louisiana Economic Development's Site Certification Program.
The news was announced Tuesday at a special ceremony held at c.
Port Dirctor Lynn Hohensee said the 32-acre certified area represents 16 percent of the port's 203-acre property, located along the Gilf Intracoastal Waterway off Hwy. 27.
"There are a variety of ways this land and waterfront can be used,” he said.
Hohensee said that while the site is unlikely to attract major contractors, he foresees that as LNG projects come online along the Calcasieu Ship Channel, sub contractors — like fabricators or intermodal transportation — will find the land conveniently situated.
The site abuts the proposed 600-foot steel sheet bulkhead and crane pad construction — a project for which federal funding was announced last September. "We think that's a positive, one-two punch in our marketing efforts," said Hohensee.
"Like the other 30-plus ports in the state of Louisiana, each one of us, individually for our respective communities, are an economic engine," said Hohensee. "We focus our public entity and resources on helping private business and industry create jobs, expand the tax base and invest in the infrastructure in our region."
"West Cal Port is located in the heart of the action," said Gus Fontenot, Project Coordinator for the SWLA Alliance. "For anyone looking to get in on the action, this site is a prime location."
George Swift, President and CEO of the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance, said the certification was the result of the Port's collaboration with the Alliance and Entergy.
"This new certified industrial site lets people and companies know that everything is ready to go," he said. LED's certification program promotes sites that are "shovel ready.” The state agency covered 75 percent of the costs associated with necessary inspections and investigations. "They (prospective clients) don't need to worry about wetlands or ancient artifacts buried in the ground," said Hohensee.
CGBM, a marine fueling operation, and Atlantic Equipment, a provider of construction equipment like scaffolding and concrete barriers, are located within the certified site.