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South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission selects Daryl Ferrara as president

The Ponchatoula Times of Ponchatoula, Louisiana

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The South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission (STPPC) has selected Daryl Ferrara as president for 2012. Upon the nomination Ferrara commented, "It is an honor and a privilege to be selected to serve as president of this organization. I appreciate the support of my fellow commissioners and look forward to working with the entire staff in 2012, to continue the re-development of the Port Manchac inter-modal terminal into a first class trans-loading facility that will attract new industries and create new jobs for residents of the Tangipahoa Parish community."

Ferrara is Vice-President and currently Branch Manager of Hancock Bank (soon to be Whitney) in Hammond, LA. He is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University with a BA. in Marketing and Finance. He is also actively involved in various civic organizations including the Hammond Chamber of Commerce Board since 2005, Options, Inc., Hammond Industrial Development Board, Hammond Area Economic Development District, Crimestop-pers, Leadership Tangipahoa, and LHSAA Ladies Top 28 Basketball Tournament Volunteer.

In addition, Mr. Ferrara was voted the 2009 Man of the Year by the Hammond Junior Auxiliary, is a member of Holy Ghost Catholic Church, and a life-long resident of Hammond, LA.

The South Tangipahoa Parish Port Commission serves as the official governing authority for Port Manchac. The seven commission members are appointed by the governor to six year terms and receive no compensation for their community service to the organization. The commission is currently seeking a replacement to fill the unexpired term of former member Don Bankston, who resigned from the board effective January 1, 2012.

The following list of commissioners were selected to serve for 2012: Daryl Ferrara - President, Mark Griggs - Vice-President, Don Boihem -- Secretary, Lucas Watkins - Treasurer, J. Parker Layrisson - Member, Mike Williams - Member.

In 2012, Port Manchac will continue the re-development of the site through a series of infrastructure projects engineered to provide safe and efficient cargo trans-loading operations by barge, rail, and truck at the inter-modal terminal.

The $3 million investment program will include internal roadway and parking improvements, rail spur maintenance, lay-down storage area improvements, and bulk-head/harbor dredging improvements at the facility.

The new infrastructure is part of the port's master plan for future development that was developed in 2007 and designed to attract new industries and create new job opportunities for residents of the Tangipahoa Parish area.

The 40 acre inter-modal terminal is located adjacent to Interstate Highway-55 at the southern end of Tangipahoa Parish. Port Manchac is also adjacent to the mainline of the Canadian National Railroad (CN) that provides regular service to the 6'000 ft. of storage track at the site. The terminal's ideal location also provides direct trucking links to nearby Interstate's 10 &12, and offers access for barge shipments to Lake Pontchartrain, Mississippi River and The Port of New Orleans via North Pass. The STPPC is currently in the final stages of negotiations with the Octavia Partnership Group to acquire an additional 100 acres on the eastern and northern boundaries of the existing site. Additional infrastructure and logistical info on the Port Manchac inter-modal terminal is available at www.portmanchac. com.

Original Publication Date: January 19, 2012

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