September 12-14, 2012
SLC Economic Development, Transportation & Cultural Affairs Committee Technical Tour
Panama Canal Expansion Project
A delegation of seven state transportation leaders from six Southern states, including Senator Jeff Mullis, chair of the Georgia Senate Transportation Committee (Delegation Leader); Representative Phillip D. "Phil" Owens, chair of the South Carolina House Education and Public Works Committee; Representative Jay Roberts, chair of the Georgia House Transportation Committee; Representative Karen Gaudet St. Germain, chair of the Louisiana House Transportation, Highways, and Public Works Committee; former North Carolina state representative and recently-appointed chair of the North Carolina State Ports Authority Daniel F. McComas; Senator Tommy Williams, chair of the Texas Senate Finance Committee (and until very recently chair of the Texas Senate’s Transportation and Homeland Security Committee); and, Senator Frank Wagner, member of the Virginia Senate Transportation Committee, traveled to Panama for high-level briefings on the Panama Canal expansion project. The delegation agenda was designed to reinforce the need for Southern ports to continue essential infrastructure enhancements to accommodate the significantly larger vessels and expanded cargo volumes expected to arrive after the completion of the Panama Canal expansion.