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 Economic Development News 
Thursday, May 07 2015

'Move America Act of 2015' would help fund landside improvements to U.S. ports

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)—the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas—publicly voiced support for the bi-partisan Move America Act of 2015 infrastructure bonding and credits legislation introduced today in Congress by Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Senator John Hoeven (R-ND). The Move America proposal would provide more tax-exempt financing for public-private partnerships, along with the option to use federal tax credits to leverage private equity investment in public infrastructure projects, including critically-needed improvements at, and connecting with, with U.S. seaports.

Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO, said, “AAPA broadly supports the efforts of Senators Wyden and Hoeven, through the Move America program, to enable greater investments in port-related infrastructure through public-private partnerships. We look forward to working with both senators, and with Congress, to address the issue of crumbling freight transportation infrastructure, which our U.S. member ports recently told us represents a nearly $29 billion funding challenge over the next 10 years.”

Mr. Nagle added, “Ports are incubators for public private partnerships and the combination of tools in this proposal will allow our ports to facilitate and finance projects that might otherwise lay dormant.”

The Move America program is in line with AAPA’s 2015 Freight and Landside Infrastructure policy paper in which the ports association encourages use of alternative financing mechanisms like national and state infrastructure banks, the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) program, and government bond financing.

Under current law, most types of freight transportation infrastructure improvements that utilize private investments are eligible for tax-exempt financing. However, freight rail and similar intermodal projects that connect ports with the freight network don’t qualify. In the Move America legislation just proposed, tax-exempt financing frequently used by financial markets would be expanded to include intermodal projects, such as those needed at America’s ports. The program would also provide a new vehicle for leveraging private equity investments through the use of federal tax credits. 

About AAPA 
Founded in 1912, AAPA today represents more than 130 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and about 300 sustaining, associate and honorary members, firms and individuals with an interest in seaports. As a critical link for access to the global marketplace, each year, Western Hemisphere seaports generate about US$9 trillion of economic activity, support the employment of tens of millions of people and import and export about 8 billion tons of cargo, including food, clothing, medicine, fuel and building materials, as well as consumer electronics and toys. As Western Hemisphere populations continue to rise, so too does the demand for goods, services and cruise offerings that depend on our seaports. To meet these demands, the AAPA and its members are committed to keeping seaports navigable, secure and sustainable.

American Association of Port Authorities
1010 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3589
T: 703.684.5700 F: 703.684.6321 E: info@aapa-ports.org

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