Executive Order

Executive Order  No. 372: Commission on Commonwealth Port Development

Date: 08/16/1994
Issuer: William F. Weld
Mass Register: No. 746
Revoked by: Executive Order 383

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WHEREAS, shipping, fishing, and trade have been vital to the commercial well-being of the Commonwealth since its founding; and

WHEREAS, the increasing globalization of commerce has heightened the economic importance of the Commonwealth's ports, both large and small; and

WHEREAS, the seaports of Massachusetts, which always have been critical to the maritime commerce of the Commonwealth, are faced with complex challenges in their infrastructure, development, and interrelationships, as well as increasing competition from other ports on the eastern seaboard; and

WHEREAS, an integrated, statewide plan is required to enable the ports of Massachusetts to enhance their share of the maritime trade; and

WHEREAS, the effectiveness of such a statewide plan will be increased by the experience and ideas of experts and interested citizens from all parts of the community;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, William F. Weld, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Supreme Executive Magistrate, do hereby order as follows:

Section 1. There shall be established a Commission on Commonwealth Port Development, whose purpose shall be to produce a report for the Governor creating an integrated statewide plan for the ports of Massachusetts, with focus on Boston, Gloucester, New Bedford, and Fall River, but also with attention to the smaller ports in the state.

Section 2. The Commission shall consist of eleven (11) members, appointed by the Governor, as follows:

a. As chair: the Executive Director of Massport;

b. As regional representatives: two vice chairs, one of whom shall come from the Northeast part of the Commonwealth, the other from the Southeast, and two citizens from each such region;

c. As representatives from the Boston region: the Secretary of Economic Affairs, the Secretary of Environmental Affairs, the Secretary of Transportation and Construction, and a person from the private sector who is knowledgeable about port issues.

Section 3. The Commission shall solicit information and ideas through the following procedure:

a. The regional vice-chairs shall establish working sub-committees consisting of members representative of the local port communities. The vice-chairs shall be assisted in this task by the respective regional members of the Commission.

b. The regional vice-chairs, assisted by the respective regional members of the Commission, shall conduct meetings, which shall include local business, government, and other concerned parties. These meetings shall address the issues of port infrastructure, business development opportunities, and other matters of importance to the creation of a statewide plan.

c. The regional vice-chairs shall submit reports to the Commission, which shall be utilized by the Commission in preparation of the final report.

Section 4. The final report of the Commission shall be presented to the Governor on or before October 24, 1994.

Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston this 16th day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and ninety-four.

William F. Weld, Governor
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

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