In recognition of its contributions to economic development in Central New York, the Port of Oswego Authority (POA) was named a CenterState CEO Economic Champion at a Nov. 16 celebration luncheon. The port was singled out for winning the Robert J. Lewis Pacesetter award for the fourth time in the past five years for its increases in international tonnage shipped through the St. Lawrence Seaway, as well as its $15 million investment in its New York State Grain Export Center.
“We are gratified for this recognition,” said William Scriber, POA CEO and executive director. “It further reinforces our resurgence as a positive economic generator for Oswego County and for our region.
“Since 2017, we’ve grown to be one of the top five ports on the Great Lakes and built more than a half a billion dollars in economic development. A U.S.- Canadian research study showed that the port made a $513 million impact on the local and regional economy, generated $201.2 million in wages and salaries, and jobs supported by marine cargo activity rose from 209 in 2018 to 2,229 in 2023—a 996.5% increase. In addition, Oswego is the only Great Lakes port to be designated as a U. S. Department of Transportation Marine Highway.”