U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to Visit Port of Oakland Monday, July 9, 2012

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood to Visit Port of Oakland Monday, July 9, 2012

Who: US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood; City of Oakland Mayor Jean Quan; Port of Oakland Board President Pamela Calloway; Port of Oakland Executive Director Omar R. Benjamin

What: Press Availability

When: Monday, July 9, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.

Where: Port of Oakland, 530 Water St., Oakland, CA (Foot of Clay Street near Alameda/Oakland Ferry Terminal)

Why: Secretary LaHood to visit Port of Oakland to mark the $15 million TIGER federal funding of the Port’s rail development as part of the overall City/Port $500 million Oakland Army Base redevelopment , which will maintain the Port’s global competitiveness, support job retention and growth, and drive positive economic impact for the region, state and nation.

About the Port of Oakland:
The Port of Oakland oversees the Oakland seaport, Oakland International Airport, and 20 miles of waterfront. The Oakland seaport is the fifth busiest container port in the U.S.; Oakland International Airport is the second largest San Francisco Bay Area airport offering over 300 daily passenger and cargo flights; and the Port’s real estate includes commercial developments such as Jack London Square and hundreds of acres of public parks and conservation areas. Together, through Port operations and those of its tenants and users, the Port supports more than 73,000 jobs in the region and nearly 827,000 jobs across the United States. The Port of Oakland was established in 1927 and is an independent department of the City of Oakland. Connect with the Port of Oakland and Oakland International Airport through Facebook, or with the Port on Twitter, YouTube, and at www.portofoakland.com.