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Lamar University announces the Center for Advances in Port Management.

The Department of Industrial Engineering and the College of Business at Lamar University have teamed with waterfront industry professionals to o­ffer courses in port management that will lead to a Masters of Engineering Management specializing in port management. The Center will also begin offering certifications related to the port/terminal enterprise. The constant progress and development of global markets, new technologies, and political and environmental pressures motivate port/terminal managers to be prepared for ever-present challenges. A balanced, waterfront industry-based curriculum allows graduates of the Port Management Program at LU to develop and fine-tune the much-needed bridge between engineering, business, transportation, logistics, design, operations management and cost efficiency.  Learn more.

Sabine-Neches Waterway bill goes to Gov. Abbott for signature

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The Beaumont Enterprise
May 5, 2015

The Sabine-Neches Navigation District legislation, authored by Senator Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) and sponsored by Representative Joe Deshotel (D-Beaumont), has passed both chambers of the Texas Legislature and will now be sent to the Governor for signature, according to a released from Creighton’s office.

Senate Bill 1137 clarifies existing state statutes and authorizes the District to enter into contracts and agreements necessary to deepen the Sabine-Neches Waterway, the Tuesday release said.

“This legislation will go a long way in improving the Sabine-Neches Waterway and boosting economic growth in Jefferson County,” Creighton said in a prepared statement. “The Sabine-Neches Navigation District is a lifeline of the Texas economy and this expansion will affect the entire nation’s economic outlook.”

Deshotel said the deepening will “create jobs and increase the capacity of economic output.”

Navigation District General Manager Randall Reese estimated the project would “bring tens of thousands or jobs and billions of dollars of investments to the region.”

The Sabine-Neches Navigation District is the third largest waterway in the United States and the nation’s largest commercial military out-port, the release said. Over 100 million tons of cargo are carried on the Sabine-Neches Waterway each year. Currently, industry related sectors supported by the Sabine-Neches Waterway generate over $32 billion in gross product, $18 billion in personal income, $3.4 billion in federal taxes, and more than 288,000 permanent jobs annually, the release said.

Beard honored in Austin for Navigation District work

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The Port Arthur News
April 22, 2015

By Sherry Koonce

Paul Beard, chairman of the Sabine Neches Navigation District was honored in Austin Monday with a state resolution in recognition of his efforts to bring the waterway deepening project to fruition.

Paul Beard was surprised recently when he received a call asking for information about his service on the Sabine-Neches Navigation District board.

That information, he soon discovered, was to be included in a Resolution State Representative Joe Deshotel intended to have read on the House Floor in recognition of Beard’s efforts to bring about the Sabine-Neches Waterway deepening project, and to better the community in the process.

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State applauds Sabine-Neches Navigation chairman Paul Beard

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Beaumont Enterprise
April 21, 2015

By Dan Wallach

A resolution passed by the Texas House of Representatives today commended Paul Beard, chairman of the Sabine-Neches Navigation District for his “outstanding leadership and longstanding commitment” to improving Southeast Texas as he helped lead the effort to deepen the Sabine-Neches Ship Channel to 48 feet, a project authorized by Congress and signed into law by President Obama in 2014.

The ship channel supports tens of thousands of direct industrial jobs and many thousands more of indirect and induced jobs.

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Sabine-Neches Navigation District Legislation Clears Senate

From the office of State Senator Brandon Creighton, District 4
Contact: Eliza Vielma
eliza.vielma@senate.state.tx.us

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AUSTIN — Today, Senator Brandon Creighton’s Sabine-Neches Navigation District legislation passed to engrossment in the Senate. Filed as Senate Bill 1137, this bill clarifies existing state statutes and authorizes the District to enter into contracts and agreements necessary to deepen the Sabine-Neches Waterway.

“The Sabine-Neches Navigation District is the third largest waterway in the United States and the nation’s largest commercial military out-port,” said Senator Creighton. “It is a lifeline of the Texas economy and this expansion will affect the entire nation’s economic outlook.”

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