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NC Ports board to study its relationship with state government

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The Ports Authority board unanimously approved forming a committee that will look at how ports operate in other states. The Ports Authority board unanimously approved forming a committee that will look at how ports operate in other states.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – During a week that had already brought significant change to the North Carolina State Ports Authority, Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata proposed taking a closer look at the relationship between the ports and state government.  

Following Tata's motion during a Ports Authority meeting Thursday in Wilmington, the board unanimously approved forming a committee to look at how ports operate in other states. The group will look at how much public funding other ports receive, as well as the make-up of the boards. 

It was the first meeting led by Chair Michael Lee, who Gov. Pat McCrory appointed to the post Tuesday. The ports new executive director, Paul Cozza, started Wednesday. 

"This is the perfect time to take a holistic look at the Ports Authority and how we serve the state," Tata said.  

The Ports Authority, which was previously a part of the NC Department of Commerce is now under Tata's oversight at the Department of Transportation.  

"Most believe that that's where it should be, but we want to take a review and make sure that we're doing this thing correctly," Tata said. 

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