Wisconsin Commercial Ports Development Initiative

Quarterly Reports
Other Documents
Final Report

Primary Investigator

Ernie Perry
MAFC Program Director
University of Wisconsin-Madison
(608) 890-2310


The CFIRE-led team will assess Wisconsin’s commercial port infrastructure, their current and potential markets, and related policies and programs.   This will require CFIRE to facilitate collaboration between the state’s ports, industries, and logistics sector. These assessments will then be used to create a strategic action plan to attract sustainable markets, encourage community development, direct policy and programs in support of the state’s ports, and support the economic growth of Wisconsin’s commercial ports.


To create a strategic plan and development initiatives that will help increase commercial development of Wisconsin’s ports and support local and statewide economic development.


  1. Infrastructure and Market Baselines, Scope project participants
  2. Industry Visits and phone Interviews
  3. Infrastructure and market assessments
  4. Develop key stakeholder team
  5. Agency and Stakeholder Forum
  6. Create and review Draft Baseline Report
  7. Conduct industry, agency, and private sector work sessions
  8. Create Report and Presentation
  9. Support Initiatives: Marketing, Networks, Performance Metrics
  10. Submit Draft Final Report
  11. Develop and Provide Presentations for Agencies/Ports
  12. Provide Plan for Sustained Market Development

Project Information

  • Duration: 12 months
  • Dates: 10/1/2013 – 9/30/2014
  • UTC Funds: $29,270
  • Matching Funds: $73,106
  • Student Involvement: One grad student
  • Modal Orientation: Maritime
  • Project ID: CFIRE 09-02
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