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Applications reviewed for port manager

Applications reviewed for port manager
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Staff Reporter
Richard Arnold of Union City has already started reviewing applications for a part-time port manager for Cates Landing.
He told The Messenger Tuesday the Northwest Tennessee Regional Port Authority has received several applications. He is one of two Obion County representatives on that board and has been actively involved in the Lake County port project.
Work on the $20 million riverport is expected to be completed within the next few weeks and port officials are looking toward an early March opening date.
“We’re just in the process of trying to hire a  port manager,” Arnold said.
A part-time port operator is needed to supervise port operations, handle budgeting and industrial recruitment and manage the port. Arnold has been assigned the task of recommending a port manager to the port authority and is working closely with port authority chairman Jimmy Williamson and other port officials.
Arnold met with Williamson Wednesday in Union City to discuss the port manager selection process.
He told The Messenger he was “disappointed” in the number of applications received for the position, but Arnold said he planned to interview one of the applicants about the opening. He said he is still actively looking for other potential applicants for the port manager’s position.
The port authority is working with the Memphis consulting firm informa economics to develop a port marketing plan and to hire a full-time port operator.
The port authority’s next scheduled meeting is set for 9 a.m. Feb. 13 at the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce. Arnold said he hopes to have a formal recommendation for the port authority at that meeting. Published in The Messenger 1.24.13

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