Homeland Security Grant Awarded to Detroit Port Authority

DETROIT , May 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced $844 million in funding for fiscal year 2008, as part of its Infrastructure Protection Activities Grant Program, including over $388 million for its Port Security Grant Program. The Detroit /Wayne County Port Authority (DWCPA), as part of this announcement, has received its third consecutive round of funding, while being named as the Fiduciary Agent for Sector Detroit by the U.S. Coast Guard, Ninth District and its Area Maritime Security Committee.

"This is welcomed news," said Curtis Hertel , Executive Director of the DWCPA. "We are thankful that the federal government has come to understand and appreciate the critical importance of our international port and waterway to the regional and national economy. We look forward to working with our regional homeland security counterparts to make good use of our funding."

The Detroit /Wayne County Port Authority received $1.6 million in fiscal year 2008, bringing its total funding secured from this program to well over $4.5 million since its inception after 9/11. As Fiduciary Agent, the Port Authority will assume the responsibility for marketing and organizing projects on behalf of Sector Detroit's, Area Maritime Security Committee, which is comprised of the region's homeland security directors and exports. The Port Authority will accomplish this by developing a Risk Mitigation Plan that will supplement and update existing security plans for the Port of Detroit .

"It's our goal to address homeland security vulnerabilities through this program. However we can also accomplish economic development goals by encouraging regional and national companies to help us address our needs," said John Kerr , Director of Economic Development & Grants Management for the DWCPA. "We should use this grant program as a springboard to make Southeast Michigan a hotbed for homeland security technology, similar to what NextEnergy and Automation Alley have been able to accomplish for alternative energy and advanced automotive."

SOURCE The Detroit /Wayne County Port Authority