August 2019

Volume Number 17


Issue Number 7

Summer is about to wind down ... I know our members in Texas cannot wait to lose some of that heat ... and fall is upon us.  Time to get your registration made for the 2019 Ports-to-Plains Alliance Annual Conference in Williston, North Dakota on October 15-17, 2019.

Interest in obtaining Future Interstate Designation continues to grow from Texas to other portions of the corridor.  Be sure your business has expressed its support for Future Interstate Designation.

Please contact Joe Kiely, Vice President of Operations or Duffy Hinkle, Vice President of Membership and Marketing with questions.

We are a voice for our small town, grassroots members who may otherwise not have access to the right audiences, as well as a conduit for industry to come together in support and promotion of transportation improvements.

We are committed to working as an Alliance to improve transportation infrastructure and business networks opportunities, by advocating for appropriate funding levels, so business and industry can thrive.

We are focused on the economic and business interests that are the lifeblood of the region.


Ports-to-Plains Alliance Annual Conference Registration Open

“I don’t for a moment believe that we can turn back the wheels of progress.”

-- Theodore Roosevelt




The City of Williston is once again pulling out all the stops to host this conference on October 15-17, 2019. The conference agenda focuses on moving the WHEELS OF PROGRESS forward to an opportunity to see the best of North Dakota including the conference venue, the new Mountrail-Williams Electric Cooperative, a networking reception at Black Magic Harley Davidson, a tour of western North Dakota including Watford City and the North Unit of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park and a dinner at Rough Rider Center in Watford City.

Agenda Highlights

Panel will explore the status of freight in the Ports-to-Plains Region
for permitting and new technology

Panel will discuss the connection between the transportation
system and energy production

Jack Schenendorf, Federal Consultant, Covington & Burling

Brad Bekkedahl, North Dakota State Senator, Williston City
Commissioner and Ports-to-Plains Board Member

Keeping Watching your email for additional exciting Agenda Announcements

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Progress on Designation of Future Interstate

West Texas organizations have strongly supported the extension of Interstate 27 and Future Interstate Designation both north of Amarillo and south of Lubbock. Ports-to-Plains Alliance has received 66 resolutions from West Texas supporting designation of a future interstate as well as resolutions from Oklahoma and New Mexico that also support the designation in Texas.

Has your business submitted a resolution?

Download the Texas Resolution. Execute, scan and send to Duffy Hinkle at 

Based on the Texas success, there are now efforts to obtain support for Future Interstate Designation of the Ports-to-Plains Corridor in New Mexico, Oklahoma and Colorado, a portion of the Heartland Expressway between Limon and Brush in Colorado, and the Theodore Roosevelt Expressway in South Dakota, North Dakota and Montana.

Download the Colorado Resolution. Execute, scan and send to Joe Kiely at

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Successful Heartland Expressway Annual Meeting

The Heartland Expressway Association held its Annual Meeting in Kimball, Nebraska on August 15, 2019. The Association welcomed U.S. Representative Adrian Smith and Nebraska Senator John Stinner along with Joe Kiely, Vice President of Operations for the Ports-to-Plains Alliance. 


Heartland Expressway Board of Directors, Congressman Smith and Senator Stinner


Deb Cottier, Chair, Heartland Expressway Association


Congressman Adrian Smith


Joe Kiely, Ports-to-Plains Alliance

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Upcoming Events



October 1 - Ports-to-Plains Advisory Committee Meeting, Lubbock, TX

October 15-17 -- 22nd Annual Ports-to-Plains Alliance Conference, Williston, ND

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Ports-to-Plains Alliance Staff

Duffy Hinkle

Vice President of Membership & Marketing
1500 Broadway, Suite 600
Lubbock, TX 79401
P: 806-368-6235

Joe Kiely
Vice President of Operations
PO Box 758
Limon, CO 80828
P: 719-740-2240

Cal Klewin
Executive Director
Theodore Roosevelt Expressway
PO Box 1306
22 E Broadway
Williston, ND 58802
P: 701-523-6171

Deb Cottier
Heartland Expressway Association
337 Main Street
Chadron, NE 69337
P: 308-432-4023