- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

COLUMBUS, Miss. (AP) - The Columbus-Lowndes County Port Authority will advertise in a maritime industry publication and work with a professional staffing agency to find a new director.

Former director John Hardy retired June 30.

The port authority manages six major facilities.

Port authority board president Roger Bell tells The Commercial Dispatch (https://bit.ly/1jYd8Dc ) the board is looking for someone with inland marine industry experience.

Bell says the ideal replacement will continue to build on Hardy’s work with the LINK to expand investment on the port’s east bank on The Island and acquire new land on the west bank where Kinder Morgan operates.

Bell says Hardy’s collaboration with local entities was instrumental in bringing industries like Baldor, and Kinder Morgan to Columbus.

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Information from: The Commercial Dispatch, https://www.cdispatch.com

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