The Central Ohio River Business Association (CORBA), an organization dedicated to promoting and growing commerce on and along the Ohio River, has announced three new board members:
• Robert Englert of McGinnis Inc.;
• Errin Howard of RiverWorks Discovery;
• Bill McKenna of F&M Mafco.
CORBA represents an alliance of businesses and industries engaged in river commerce on and along the Ohio River and her tributaries throughout the tri-state region of Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. CORBA’s mission is to unite river business and industry to speak with a common voice in promoting commerce, safety and security environmental stewardship and awareness for the Central Ohio River Valley Region.
CORBA – The Central Ohio River Business Association – represents an alliance of businesses and industries engaged in river commerce on and along the Ohio River and her tributaries throughout the region.CORBA’s mission is to unite river business and industry to speak with a common voice in promoting commerce, safety and security, environmental stewardship and public relations for the Central Ohio River Valley Region.
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COVINGTON, KY – Congressman Brad Wenstrup, R-OH, spoke about river-related issues, economic development and job growth during an appearance at CORBA’s recent member meeting. Wenstrup who lives in Cincinnati and represents Ohio’s Second Congressional District also lauded CORBA for promoting river commerce.“I appreciate what you are doing along the river related to commerce, the environment and public relations about what could be,” Congressman Wenstrup said. “I see plenty of opportunity with what you are doing. The greatest social program is a job. At the end of the day you feel you’ve earned it, you put a roof over your head, you put food on the table for your family.”“That’s the American dream,” he said. ‘You’re providing that to your community; you are building America.”
Wenstrup said he was proud to support the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA). According to The National Law Review, the WRRDA “paves the projects (federal, state and local) to maintain America’s ports, levees, dams and harbors by authorizing $12.3 billion for such projects and removing many of the bureaucratic barriers and ‘red tape’ that have developed over time.” WRRDA was passed by Congress this summer with overwhelming bipartisan support and signed into law by President Barack Obama.“It was a strong bipartisan effort, and I was glad to support it,” Congressman Wenstrup said. The nation’s move toward energy independence and the widening of the Panama Canal “could present opportunities for inland waterways” with the movement of additional freight, materials and fuels on the river.
Following brief remarks Congressman Wenstrup also took questions about a number of issues from CORBA members. He also pledged the continued support of his office and introduced Jeff Groenke, director of economic development for his office.“We want to be a conduit,” he said. “We want to know what you are working on, we want to know what your issues are, we want to be of assistance.”
CORBA Chairman Dave Hammond said CORBA was honored to host Congressman Wenstrup. “It’s tremendous that a member of Congress not only comes to address our members, but he is also supporting and paying attention to the issues that are important to us and our industry,” Hammond said. “We can’t thank Congressman Wenstrup enough for taking time out of his busy schedule to attend the CORBA board meeting and address our members.”