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Mayor Jane Castor Will Welcome Secretary Buttigieg in Celebrating Port Tampa Bay Project As Part of His Six-State, Building a Better America Tour


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On Tuesday, Mayor Jane Castor, Representative Kathy Castor and Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson will join U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg and U.S. Deputy Transportation Secretary Polly Trottenberg and other elected leaders at Port Tampa Bay to celebrate a $12.6 million grant from the President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.   

The grant will help build a new berth at Port Redwing that will add capacity, increase efficiency, create hundreds of local jobs, and strengthen supply chains at one of the country’s busiest ports.  

“The foundation of our economic growth and quality of life here in the Tampa Bay region is especially dependent on two things: infrastructure and people,” said Mayor Jane Castor, a governing board member of the port. “This new berth will provide Port Tampa Bay with greater capacity for bigger ships, giving us the infrastructure that we need to strengthen our supply chain in one of the country’s fastest-growing regions.”  

The USDOT visit is part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s Building a Better America Tour that will see leaders from USDOT travel across the country this week to highlight 166 infrastructure projects that will modernize roads, bridges, and more to help get people where they need to go more quickly, affordably, and safely.   

“These are transformative projects, and there are more to come thanks to the Bipartisan infrastructure Law,” Mayor Castor said. “From safer streets with fewer potholes, to investments in transit and reconnecting neighborhoods, this bill will be transformative for communities across this country. Secretary Buttigieg, thank you for your support of this important project and we look forward to working with you as we bring our infrastructure into the future.” 

As part of the tour, this week Secretary Buttigieg will also travel to Oklahoma, Nevada, Minnesota, Ohio, and New Hampshire to highlight how President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is helping grow the economy and reduce transportation costs for people across the country.