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Issue Position: International Port Strategy

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Another key component in economic development is transportation of goods. Michigan small and medium businesses are national leaders in exports. Currently, Upper Peninsula businesses must transport their products to a federally designated International Port for air shipping which means Wisconsin, Illinois and a lot of additional costs. To make Upper Peninsula business more globally competitive John Kivela has worked with the Department of Homeland Security and the Michigan Governors office to extend Marquette's International Port Status from the harbor to KI Sawyer Airport. When completed this will create jobs by allowing our current businesses to affordable access international markets. Industries that no longer want to deal with overly congested airports will be interested in relocating for ease of use and quality of life.


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