MVTTC to Host First Post-Katrina Conference on Trade and Transportation along the Lower Mississippi

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This year’s Mississippi Valley Trade and Transportation Conference, February 22-24 in New Orleans, promises to be "the big one": the industry's first major meeting since Katrina.

This month, the Mississippi Valley Trade and Transportation Council (MVTTC) is holding the industry’s first major meeting since Hurricane Katrina. Scheduled for February 22-24 in New Orleans, it will be the trade association’s 24th annual conference.

The Mississippi Valley contains the world's largest complex of river terminals and deep draft ports. Prior to Katrina, these ports handled over 170 million tons of seaborne trade -- approximately one-sixth of America’s cargo volume -- each year.

The lower Mississippi and its tributaries are an unparalleled natural resource for the transportation and distribution of freight. This system provides a cost advantage which is key to U.S. competitiveness in global markets for coal, grain, and other bulk commodities. Since Katrina, transportation markets through this region have tightened, challenging this advantage.

What is the current status of trade activity along the lower Mississippi? How is the region’s transportation and industry infrastructure being restored and/or redeveloped?

The MVTTC conference will address these issues through panels of industry leaders and representatives from government agencies. Specific topics include:

-- Port restoration

-- Navigational infrastructure rehabilitation

-- Traffic flow

-- Intermodal transportation

-- Commodities movement and commerce

The meeting will take place at the Wyndham Hotel at Canal Place, New Orleans on February 22-24. Non-members may register at or by calling 504-566-1001.

About MVTTC:

Established in 1982, the council promotes the interests of various industries associated with the trade and transportation of bulk materials and finished goods. Our goals include restoring regional infrastructure, making the Mississippi and its tributaries function again as a true river system, and continuing to develop the region into a state-of-the-art logistics center.

For a list of members, see

About the industry:

A comprehensive fact sheet is available upon request.


Heidi Davis or Linda Kelly, Conference Organizers



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