GLPC History

GLPC HistoryThe Greater Lafourche Port Commission was established by the state of Louisiana in 1960 and exercises jurisdiction over the Tenth Ward of Lafourche Parish, south of the Intracoastal Waterway, including Port Fourchon and the South Lafourche Leonard Miller, Jr. Airport. For more information on the history of Port Fourchon and the South Lafourche Airport, check out the timeline and links below.

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Greater Lafourche Port Commission Timeline

  • 1960 – GLPC created by Act 222 of LA Legislature
  • 1961 – 10th ward voters approved 5-mill property tax to fund development of Port Fourchon
  • 1963 – Development property donated to Commission by LL&E and Caillouets
  • 1965 – Clamshell Fourchon Road is ready for traffic
  • 1967 – Belle Pass dredged to 12 ft. deep and 125 ft. wide
  • 1971 – First elected board takes office
  • 1972 – Capital Improvement Projects begin from bond proceeds
  • 1975 – Environmental Impact Study funded
  • 1978 – Executive Director Ted Falgout hired
  • 1979 – First major port tenant, Martin Fuel, opens for business
  • 1981 – LOOP starts operations
  • 1983 – Oil bust opens door for industry to consolidate in Port Fourchon
  • 1984 – 400-acre E-Slip development begun
  • 1987 – Annual lease rentals surpass the $1 million mark
  • 1990 – $1,785,000 Transportation Trust Fund Grant received for dock facilities
  • 1993 – Grants received exceed $3.5 million
  • 1993 – Annual lease revenues surpass $2 million
  • 1993 – Total expenditures exceed $7 million
  • 1995 – Deepwater Royalty Relief Act passed
  • 1997 – LA1 Coalition formed
  • 1998 – Port experiences unprecedented growth
  • 1999 – Port purchases 4,000 acres from Burlington
  • 2000 – 400-acre E-Slip Project completely leased 30 years ahead of schedule
  • 2001 – Northern Expansion project permitted and under construction, doubling size of port
  • 2001 – Acquired South Lafourche Airport and surrounding 1,200 acres
  • 2003 – New Port administrative facility constructed
  • 2004 – $27 million total budget
  • 2004 – Annual lease revenues exceed $10 million
  • 2005 – Nearly 250 companies operate from and/or utilize Port Fourchon
  • 2006 – Construction of new toll bridge at Leeville begins
  • 2007 – 700-acre Northern Expansion developed, and over half leased
  • 2008 – Additional 400-acre expansion
  • 2008 – Port budget exceeds $70 million
  • 2008 – $360 million in highway improvements under way
  • 2009 – Tomey Doucet Bridge portion of the elevated LA 1 Expressway opens to traffic
  • 2010 – New Executive Director Chett Chiasson becomes second director in port history
  • 2010 – GLPC celebrates 50 years of growth
  • 2011 – Slip C construction begins
  • 2012 – GLPC surpasses $20 million in revenues
  • 2013 – $15+ million Slip C bulkhead project begins, port’s single largest project awarded to date
  • 2014 – South Lafourche Airport in Galliano becomes Chevron’s airbase for all of its Gulf operations
  • 2014 – Port has over 75,900 linear feet of waterfront property, including the new Slip C, leased
  • 2014 – Communications upgrades make fiber connectivity available to 100% of port tenants
  • 2015- Port begins Slip D construction
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