PARKERSBURG - A delegation from Parkersburg met with state officials Thursday to discuss a plan to create a permanent port in the city.
Mayor Bob Newell said officials were scheduled to meet with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Thursday at the governor's office in Charleston, but Tomblin was unable to attend.
Instead Newell, Development Director Ann Conageski and City Planner Rickie Yeager met with some of the governor's aides, state Secretary of Transportation Paul Mattox and Public Port Authority Director Doug York.
"It was a productive meeting, but it wasn't anything earth-shattering," Newell said.
Conageski said the majority of the conversation focused on the city's application for a permanent port in Parkersburg.
City officials are interested in turning the Depot Street property, which houses the state's District 3 Department of Transportation Headquarters. Newell said the property is about 15 acres, 12 of which are along the Little Kanawha River and includes several buildings for storage and shipping.
Officials have been working on the application which will be submitted for consideration at the Port Authority's September meeting.
"We just talked about the application process and a timeline and what should be in the application," Conageski said. "The goal is to have the application to them for their September meeting. That would allow them to establish the port and to discuss improvements."
If the port application is approved, Conageski said it will still take time before the port would be opened.
"It is an extensive process," she said.