A recent issue of the Great Laker published an article by MAFC Program Manager Ernie Perry that was based on the results of Phase 1 of the Wisconsin Commercial Port Development Initiative (WCPDI) conducted by Perry and a CFIRE research team. This article outlined the five key elements for strategic port planning:
- Get everyone on board.
- Consider port and marine freight development as a part of a larger system.
- Align your efforts with regional, national, and international work.
- Planning is imperative and will help build the human and agency capital needed to support port development and increased awareness of the capabilities and opportunities at the ports.
- The WCPDI is a strategic process and will require ongoing support from marine freight advocates.
Check out the entire article (page 54-55).