In June Québec Associate Secretary General of Maritime Affairs Georges Farrah and Indiana Secretary of Commerce Victor Smith met at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor to tour the port and discuss maritime strategies for growing regional economies.
In June 2015 Québec released its Mari-time Strategy and in September 2015 signed the Indiana-Québec Maritime Partnership with the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor. At the time the Québec government also announced a $9 billion plan to develop the province’s infrastructure.
On September 29 2015 officials from the Province of Québec and the State of Indiana met at the Port of Indiana-Burns Harbor to announce a new maritime partnership to intensify collaboration in shipping and maritime economic development on the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence System. Areas of collaboration include trade missions exchange of best practices joint research efforts and new partnerships between industry government and academic institutions. The primary goal of this partner-ship is to support new maritime business connections that will generate tangible returns for Great Lakes/St. Lawrence shipping and the regional economies.