September 28, 2023

🔒 5 Minutes With: Jackie Q. Carter

Jackie Q. Carter took workplace because the Metropolis of Milwaukee’s new municipal port director in late February. She was tapped for the position by Mayor Cavalier Johnson, following the resignation of Adam Tindall-Schlicht, who assumed a White Home appointment late final 12 months as administrator of the Nice Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Growth Corp. Serving 15 years with the Metropolis of Milwaukee, together with the previous 5 because the port’s finance and administration officer, Carter takes the helm amid rising tides, with the practically full $40 million DeLong Co. agricultural maritime export facility and elevated Nice Lakes cruise exercise on the port. Carter, the primary lady and individual of colour to serve within the position, not too long ago spoke to BizTimes Milwaukee affiliate editor Maredithe Meyer about her priorities for Port Milwaukee. 

Continued cruise ship momentum 

“One of many issues we’ve been engaged on – and we’ve gotten the ultimate piece of funding for – is constructing that South Shore Cruise Dock south of Jones Island. Proper behind the Lake Specific Ferry, there’s a parcel of land that has a deep-water draft that we’d like for among the bigger ships, like Viking. We’ve got some cruise ships which are capable of dock on the south face of that terminal, however we now have to do work on the infrastructure to have the ability to use the east face. In order that’s one of many issues that we’ll be doing is making area for, not simply Viking who’s already docking at Port Milwaukee, however for among the newer ships which are being constructed for the Nice Lakes, in order that they know this can be a place the place we now have the infrastructure, we now have the groups in place, we now have the sources. Milwaukee may be very excited to welcome cruise passengers, so the companies are on board and all of the completely different group companions that we work with are excited to assist us market Milwaukee.” 

Grant funding stays key 

“Port Milwaukee has been very profitable in buying grants to help a few of our work, our infrastructure wants. Town helps us by the capital program, however the best way we attempt to leverage the {dollars} town provides us is thru grants, and so being strategic about how we use these and what we apply for, and in addition being aware − now with so many alternatives for our tenants and companions to be eligible for a few of these funds − working with them to verify they’re going after these alternatives as nicely.” 

On the port’s position as a ‘connector’

“The factor that I actually wish to give attention to is constructing on what we’ve already completed. The port has completed a whole lot of issues very well, so in fact ensuring that our sources are getting used as successfully as we are able to, but in addition connecting with companies. The port has gotten a whole lot of press round cruising, there’s been press round my appointment, press across the DeLong agricultural facility, and so constructing on that and utilizing that to verify companies within the area are conscious of what we’re capable of do after which connecting with them to see if there’s an area the place we are able to help them. That’s actually what the port exists to do, to be a connector for companies and prospects, getting regional merchandise to worldwide markets and getting merchandise wanted within the area from the worldwide markets. That’s what the main target goes to be – ensuring folks perceive why we exist, what we’re capable of provide and in search of methods to accomplice.”