About the Port Commission

2016-2018 GLPC Board

Greater Lafourche Port Commission Board Members: (top row, l-r) John Melancon, Jr., Larry Griffin, Perry Gisclair, Rodney Gisclair, (bottom row) Chuckie Cheramie, Jimmy Guidry, Kris Gaudet, Wilbert Collins, and Ervin Bruce.

The Greater Lafourche Port Commission was established by the state of Louisiana in 1960 and exercises jurisdiction over an area of Lafourche Parish south of the Intracoastal Waterway, including Port Fourchon and the South Lafourche Leonard Miller, Jr. Airport.

The Greater Lafourche Port Commission board is comprised of nine members serving six-year terms. They serve at-large on the only elected port commission in Louisiana. These nine members are entrusted with making the policy decisions that govern Port Fourchon and the South Lafourche Airport. Their area of jurisdiction is the tenth ward of Lafourche Parish, and they have the authority to regulate commerce and traffic, maintain proper depths of water, provide police protection, enact ordinances, levy taxes, issue bonds, and lease property, among other things.

The Commission’s founders targeted Port Fourchon for growth and development of port facilities because of its ideal geographic location on the Gulf Coast. Fourchon’s primary service market is domestic deepwater oil and gas exploration, drilling, and production in the Gulf of Mexico. Port Fourchon is comprised of over 1200 developed acres that house state-of-the-art service facilities and is in the final phase of its Northern Expansion project, which more than doubled the port’s size and will further accommodate industry’s needs into the future.

In addition to developing Port Fourchon, the Commission has expanded the services of the South Lafourche Leonard Miller, Jr. Airport since acquiring it in November 2001. This general aviation airport sits on 359 acres in Galliano, Louisiana, and is surrounded by 1,200 acres of commission-owned property slated for industrial development. Its close proximity to Port Fourchon makes it a great choice for both business and recreational travel to South Louisiana. The airport is under aggressive expansion, and over $34 million in port, state, and federal funds has been spent on airport improvements over the last several years to make the airport more accessible to a variety of users from single-engine aircraft to twenty-passenger business jets.

The Greater Lafourche Port Commission, a political subdivision of the state of Louisiana, facilitates the economic growth of the communities in which it operates by maximizing the flow of trade and commerce. We do this to grow our economy and preserve our environment and heritage.
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