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If 2019 was a year of planning and milestones at the Port of Galveston, 2020 will be the year to begin implementation. The Galveston Wharves Board set goals for a number of major projects and programs in 2019; now comes the challenging work of bringing those plans to reality.
We expect to see construction; continued revenue, jobs and business growth; and tangible progress on new initiatives like our interior roadway to ease traffic on Harborside Drive and our environmental sustainability program, Green Marine.
As we deal with these changes and some short-term inconveniences, but we will keep the port’s purpose in mind – to generate and reinvest revenue in the port to create economic growth, jobs and other benefits for the Galveston community.
We ask our business partners, cruise passengers and the community to pardon our dust and be patient. By the end of 2020, the waterfront will look and operate somewhat differently. Here are some highlights:
All of this activity equals more jobs, higher sales tax revenues for the city and a huge economic impact for businesses in the region. More ship calls generate more work for the Galveston-Texas City Pilots, longshoremen and other. More cruise passengers will boost revenues for local businesses.
It’s going to be a very exciting year at the port. I’ll look forward to sharing updates with you throughout the year.