Texas Secretary Of State Tours The Port Of Houston

Texas’ new Secretary of State Carlos Cascos kicks off his statewide tour in Houston.


Secretary of State Carlos Cascos and Port Chairman Janiece Longoria

The Secretary of State Carlos Cascos’s “Down to Business” tour began at one of the world’s busiest ports. Coscos said the Port of Houston’s contribution to the state’s economy is possible with its state-of-the-art infrastructure.

“From the retaining wall inward,’  said Cascos. “You’ve got to develop that infrastructure to get your goods and services out. If we do not have adequate infrastructure, all that we’re seeing is going to be bottleneck somewhere.”

That bottleneck is eliminated, thanks to the Bayport Container Terminal. The major deepwater port near Galveston Bay opened 12 years ago. Activity at the nation’s top port for foreign tonnage is nonstop.

Port Chairman Janiece Longoria was happy to host the secretary.

“I’m very excited to show it to him firsthand, so that he can see the activity here on the dock in real time, and take back a message, back to Austin, back to the governor, about our importance to the state and national economy,” Longoria said.

A recent study showed ship channel-related businesses contribute more than a million jobs throughout Texas, and generate more than $178 billion in statewide economic impact. The port also brings in more than $4.5 billion dollars in state and local tax revenue.

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