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In 2015, Minnesota shipped over 3.4 million tons of grain down the Mississippi River.


Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers release first-ever regional maritime strategy

On June 15, the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers released the first-ever regional strategy to jumpstart the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence maritime transportation system. Once fully implemented, the strategy will help grow the region’s maritime sector, which already contributes more than US$30 billion to the US and Canadian economies and accounts for more than 220,000 jobs.┬áThe States and Provinces will work with other levels of government, industry and other stakeholders to advance implementation of the strategy. Visit the website for more information and also see full press release.

Ports, shipping the focus of new Coast Guard cyber plan

The Coast Guard plans to introduce a cyber security plan that will better prevent cyber attacks on both Coast Guard systems and the country's 3,600 sea ports and facilities, plus the ships they serve.

Minnesota waterways to benefit from new water resources law

The efforts of Minnesota ports to create jobs and grow the economy have benefited from a new federal law that invests in water infrastructure. The Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) ultimately promotes U.S. competitiveness by improving critical processes, policies and funding.