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Chairman of CORBA
1725 Riverside Dr
Cincinnati, OH 45202
I am proud to be the New Chairman of The Board for our vibrant organization. While CORBA officially
started in November 2011, I served on the steering committee to help develop the concept, mission
statement and name for CORBA. We had several meetings per month over the late Spring and Summer
of 2011. There was a 5-person committee to conceptualize getting all this started. Upon inception I
became the Secretary and am honored to serve as Chairman.
An Industry voice was needed to represent our interests. There was no public entity in place to promote
our businesses. This still rings true today as CORBA has become an active Port Authority for its members
Over the last 6 years CORBA has been mission driven while the group has accomplished the following:
Port redistricting expanded Cincinnati harbor district to 226 miles to make our region the Nations #1
inland port; CORIS mapping of CORBA region with our partners at OKI Regional Council of Governments.
OKI was nationally recognized and awarded for the project. This allows map directory access to CORBA
regions businesses, based on the Web site and innovative interactive map. Signed Port of New Orleans
Memorandum of Understanding Joint Marketing Agreement (MOU) between the PNO and CORBA.
CORBA has also partnered with the Haile/US Bank Northern Kentucky University College of Business on
an exciting research project. Led by Doctor Janaína "Jane" Siegler, Ph.D., this project will analyze all
freight across all modes within our region with the explicit goal of identifying existing cargoes that are
candidates for transition to a waterborne mode of transport. I look forward to working with Jane and
others at NKU as this project unfolds.
I have several challenges in front of me to push forward. Some of the opportunities we are researching
are: Port Signage, Marine Highway designation, Grants among regional business and better
representation at State level for the River Industry. Please feel free to bring your ideas and issues to our
This board is steadfastly committed to ensuring value for CORBA’s members as evidenced by CORBA’s
continued success and recent national recognition. As a group we are the voice of the River. I urge your
participation in the CORBA regional Maritime committee meeting the 1 st Wednesday of every other
month, with the next meeting scheduled February 7 th 11:00 am at OKI offices.
Please mark your calendars with these upcoming events: January 11, 2018 Member meeting at the BB
Riverboats in Newport, Kentucky, April 9, 2018 CORBA 3rd annual Golf Outing at Aston Oaks; and Inland
Rivers Ports and Terminals (IRPT) annual conference starting April 23 rd at the Westin Hotel.
Special thanks to Mr. Rob Carlisle for his service the past two years as the Chairman of the Board, and
thanks to all those past and current board members for their commitment and dedication to our great
I am looking forward to working with all of you.
Jeffrey R Stewart, Chairman