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Jun 21, 2013 2:00 PM by Rachel Cole - rcole@kristv.com

The Port Commission Welcomes Barbara Canales

CORPUS CHRISTI - The newest commissioner for the Port of Corpus Christi drew a big crowd Friday morning, when she was sworn in and she's ready to get to work.

Barbara Canales says she's humbled and honored to be a member of the Port Commission. It's a group of people she says is passionate about our community.

"They are pioneers for our community, they had vision to help us become this incredible Port that we are today," Canales said.

She's eager to make Nueces County proud and to do so she says she is going to give "150 percent" along with contributing her knowledge and experience into upcoming port projects planned.

"It is my background in engineering that makes me suited for this position and it is that technical background that's going to assist me in seeing the expansion and strategic planning for the next 20 years here," Canales said.

Part of those plans include a rail yard project set to begin this fall. It'll be built on the north side of the ship channel.

"What makes the Port of Corpus Christi so unique is the fact that we have both rail ability, trucking ability and ship and barge ability," she added.

Those appealing options drew foreign attention to the coastal bend, leading to multi- million dollar project. Port officials say the plant will be built near the inner harbor and act as a major rail and ship customer for the port.

"These are the project that are really going to survive myself but really allow for economic growth in our area for generations to come," Canales said.

As her term begins, Canales says her priority is to constantly communicate with the people in the community and says more good things are on their way.

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