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Economic Developer Profile: Ray Greene with the Port of Argentia

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The practice of economic development can be found in a wide variety of settings… such as a port! We caught up with member Ray Greene to chat about his work at the Port of Argentia.

Who are you and how did you find yourself in the field of economic development?
Ray Greene, Marketing Manager, Port of Argentia. A 30-year career in sales & marketing and project management helped me transition into the field of economic development.

Can you give us a brief history on the Port of Argentia?
Port of Argentia is the former site of a US Naval Facility and as such, the organization inherited significant assets in a land transfer agreement between the United States and Canada following the US military’s occupation over a 50-year period. The transfer included over 9000 acres of land, including approximately 3000 acres zoned industrial; docking facilities and commercial buildings.

Aside from the direct benefits like jobs and infrastructure, how can a port contribute to economic development in a region?
The Port through its many tenants, operators and port users, provide an array of services including fabrication, stevedoring, transportation, crane, cargo handling and container shipping, in support of regional activities and major projects on the Western Avalon. The Port and its operators make significant contributions to the economic development of the region and throughout the province.

What kinds of interesting things are happening at the port right now? What’s on the horizon?
Port of Argentia is a premier heavy industrial seaport featuring over 40 businesses, operators and port users and is the host site of Husky and partners Concrete Gravity Structure construction in its purpose- built graving dock in support of the West White Rose Project. The Port of Argentia is poised to capture opportunities in the oil and gas sector, international shipping, fabrication and renewable energy and is seen as a driving force in the province’s economic development.

How do you think the port could engage more with economic developers in other fields – eg municipalities, industry associations, chambers of commerce, etc.?
The Port partners with local municipalities, chambers of commerce, boards of trade, industry associations, and federal and provincial governments in raising the profile and awareness of opportunities for economic growth, job creation and business development.

Thanks Ray!

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