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Western Gulf Gateway (Houston)

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The Western Gulf Gateway region encompasses a portion of the Southwestern United States to include the states of Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, as well as for reporting purposes, commercial activity on Mexico’s Gulf Coast.

This region includes 21 ports, and all the waterways, intermodal connections and corridors in the state of Texas, and water transportation/maritime supply chain issues in the states of Colorado and New Mexico.

The Gateway Director helps to develop projects in the region that promote overall economic growth, mitigate highway and port congestion, protect the environment, and support both large and small American shipbuilding companies. The Director also engages on federal maritime emergency preparedness issues in the region.  

The Director serves as an expert on all regional and local maritime issues to include petroleum/LNG and chemical shipment and storage, bulk cargoes and disaster response/recovery, port infrastructure development, marine highways, and strategic seaports. In addition to coordinating with the private sector, the Director also serves as the liaison to regional Federal, state and local government agencies.