NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — On Friday, December 10, Gov. John Bel Edwards spoke at Port NOLA’s event to mark the arrival of 4 new container cranes. 

Edwards said this $112 million dollar investment will create more jobs.

“This is our big advantage as a state and we need to take maximum advantage of the opportunity,” said Edwards.

He added, “We are just getting started we know investments like this attract more investments.”

He said they want to attract value-added investments, along with more warehousing and distribution centers.

Port NOLA President and CEO Brandy Christian applauded the Governor and the Louisiana legislature for providing critical project funding, including $43 million from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development and the State’s capital outlay budget.

“I want to thank Governor Edwards and members of the legislature for supporting international trade in Louisiana,” Christian said. “This investment makes Port NOLA more competitive in the global trade-based economy and grows family-supporting maritime jobs here at home. The new cranes increase efficiency through the Louisiana gateway and help fuel our economy.”