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Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Celebrates Port of Howard/Cooper County Expansion

New Franklin, MO — May 17, 2024 — The Boonslick Economic Development Corporation (BCDC) and the Howard County Economic Development Council (HCEDC) are thrilled to announce the completion of a major infrastructure project at the Port of Howard/Cooper County. Last Friday, a ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the port as the only public port between St. Louis and Kansas City on the Missouri River.

The $3 million project was funded by grants from the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) and the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), emphasizing the importance of enhancing transportation infrastructure for economic and community development.

John Sponaugle, assistant director of the Howard and Cooper County Port Authority, stated, "With the completion of this project, the Port of Howard/Cooper County is the only public port between St. Louis and Kansas City."

The Missouri waterway moves $4.1 billion worth of cargo annually. Kendall Kircher, president of the Howard County Port Authority board, highlighted the port's community benefits, including reduced traffic in Boonville. "All the grain from this side of the river currently goes through town for the MFA farmer cooperative. A single barge load of grain takes 55 semis off the road," Kircher noted.

Kircher also emphasized the cost-effectiveness and environmental benefits of port transportation. The ceremony included remarks from local officials, port authority representatives, and key stakeholders, who discussed the positive impact on the local economy and regional transportation network.

"These investments pave the way for further development opportunities at the port. As we explore alternative modes of transportation and anticipate the expansion of I-70, the port stands poised to offer even greater opportunities for commerce," said Kaylee Paffrath, President/CEO of the Moberly Area Economic Development Corporation, the economic development service provider for the Howard County Economic Development Council.


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