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Harbor Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC)
The Harbor Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) is one of three advisory committees to the MIC. Its mission is to:
Aerial photo of the Duluth-Superior harbor and Duluth hillside. Photo credit: USDA Forest Service, Superior National Forest, Gary Lidholm
  • Provide a forum for the discussion of issues and concerns pertaining to the Duluth-Superior harbor;
  • Promote the harbor’s economic and environmental importance to the community; and
  • Provide sound planning and management recommendations to the Metropolitan Interstate Council

  • The HTAC meets quarterly (see Meetings section, below) and brings together a large group of stakeholders to discuss and formulate recommendations addressing issues relevant to the Duluth-Superior harbor. Current topics include dredged material management, environmental restoration and enhancement activities, and land use development activities in the St. Louis River bay and estuary.

    Current Year Harbor Planning Work Program

    HTAC Members
    The 31 voting members of the HTAC represent a wide range of harbor stakeholders including business owners, environmental groups and local, state and federal officials who are directly concerned with the planning, programming and implementation of issues pertaining to the harbors of Duluth and Superior. In addition, non-voting technical advisors from any member agency, organization or local government are encouraged to attend and participate in HTAC meetings.

    HTAC Meetings
    The HTAC meets quarterly, on the first Wednesday of March, June, September and December at locations that alternate between Duluth and Superior.

    Current Year Meeting Calendar

    March 3, 2016 Meeting Agenda
    March 3, 2016 Meeting Summary (pending approval)

    December 2, 2015 Meeting Agenda
    December 2, 2015 Meeting Summary(pending approval)

    Meeting Agendas and Minutes
    HTAC meeting agendas and meeting summaries are posted on this site as they become available:

    Browse Previous Years

    HTAC as a Model for Other Port Communities
    As HTAC members communicate with other port communities, word is getting around about the value of our collaborative committee process. Most port communities face similar challenges such as managing dredged materials, cleaning up contaminated sediments and maintaining port infrastructure. Through creation of a harbor committee similar to HTAC, these communities could more effectively address these issues by bringing all stakeholders together. HTAC members have encouraged MIC staff to share the HTAC story with other port communities. The HTAC model has been presented at the following conferences:

      Coastal Zone 2011 – Chicago, IL: July 18, 2011
      Working Waterways & Waterfronts – Portland, ME: September 29, 2010
      TRB Joint Summer Meeting Multimodal Freight/Waterways Track – Minneapolis, MN: July 12, 2010

    The presentations have included information about the MIC as the host agency and the HTAC mission, membership and the issues we face in the Duluth-Superior port. View an example presentation.

    Duluth and Superior Port Land Use Plans
    The Duluth and Superior Port Land Use Plans examine current land use and development issues along the waterfront in the Duluth and Superior harbors...more

    This article ran in the April-June 2014 issue of the Great Lakes/Seaway Review, featuring our HTAC (Harbor Technical Advisory Committee) and its role in fostering interagency collaboration and cooperation. Click the image if you would like to read it.
    HTAC Subcommittees and Working Groups
    The HTAC has several active subcommittees dedicated to addressing specific issues:
      Dredging Subcommittee/Erie Pier Management Plan
      The Dredging Subcommittee has recently completed a management plan for Erie Pier with the goal of extending the life of the facility...more

      Great Lakes Ports Advocacy Coalition
      The Great Lakes Ports Advocacy Coalition is working toward organizing advocacy efforts in Washington D.C. targeted at increasing funding for maintenance dredging and other water transportation infrastructure...more

    Harbor Related Research
    This section includes research reports that follow up on presentations at past HTAC meetings.

    The Economic Impacts of the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Seaway System

    This economic impact study was designed to provide the navigation community, transportation planners, government policy makers and the general public with a realistic assessment of the contributions made by the Great Lakes-Seaway system to the state, provincial, regional and national economies. This is the first-ever study that measures the economic impacts of the Great Lakes-Seaway system to both nations, at the same time, using the same methodology. The report was released on October 18, 2011. View the executive summary. View the full report.

    The report authors are Martin Associates from Lancaster, PA. Martin Associates was retained to perform this analysis by a coalition of U.S. and Canadian Great Lakes- Seaway marine industry stakeholders. Study sponsors include: the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation, the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, the Chamber of Marine Commerce, the American Great Lakes Ports Association, the Lake Carriers' Association, the Great Lakes Maritime Task Force, Algoma Central Corporation, Canada Steamship Lines, and Fednav Limited. Technical and project management assistance was provided by Transport Canada. The American Great Lakes Ports Association served as the contracting agent.

    Also read: Economic Impacts of the Port of Duluth-Superior

    Tax Systems and Barriers to Great Lakes Maritime Commerce

    "Tax Systems and Barriers to Great Lakes Maritime Commerce" by Randall Skalberg and James Skurla of the Labovitz School Business and Economics at the University of Minnesota Duluth. This research project inventoried the tax impact on the Great Lakes marine transportation system imposed by federal regulations focusing specifically on the Harbor Maintenance Tax. The findings suggest methods for increasing efficiency in the relationship between tax policy and commercial maritime operations. The study was funded by a grant from the Great Lakes Maritime Research Institute. View the report.

    For More Information
    Contact MIC Principal Planner Andy McDonald by phone at (218) 529-7514 or by e-mail.

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    We Need Your Input!
    Public comments are being taken on the Draft 2017-2020 Duluth Area TIP through the month of July.

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    Comments and questions are welcomed by contacting Chris Belden at (218) 529-7502; or by attending a drop-in “open house” on:
    Tuesday, July 19 or
    Tuesday, July 26

    8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission office, 221 West First Street, Duluth, MN.

    Current Planning Initiatives
    Lincoln Park Multimodal Transportation Study

    Duluth-Superior Port Land Use Plan- 2015 Update

    Northwest Douglas County Freight Movement Study

    4th Street Construction Project

    Duluth 6th Avenue East Traffic Study

    Bicycle Planning

    Recent Plans and Studies
    Connnections 2040: The Duluth-Superior Long Range Transportaton Plan

    Grand Ave/State Hwy 23 Corridor Study

    Superior South End Traffic Study

    Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) Study for the Duluth Area

    Duluth-Superior Cruise Ship Terminal Study

    DLH Air Service/Air Cargo Leakage & Expansion Analysis

    Duluth Sidewalk Study

    Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Bike Map

    Central Entrance Corridor Study

    Lincoln Park Pedestrian Plan

    Transportation Systems Management (TSM)

    N Minnesota/NW Wisconsin Freight Plan

    UMD-CSS Transportation Study

    East 2nd Street Corridor Study (Superior)

    DTA Route Analysis for the City of Superior

    Downtown Modal Connections Study

    Proctor Comprehensive Plan Update 2008

    Endion Land Use and Transportation Study

    Safe Routes To School Funding Applications

    Northwest Superior Traffic Circulation Plan

    Proctor Master Trail Plan

    Munger Trail to Lakewalk Connector

    Erie Pier Management Plan

    Duluth Heights Traffic Circulation Plan

    MnDOT Functional Classification Update

    Public Involvement Plan

    Rice Lake Road Corridor & Traffic Impact Study

    Duluth and Superior Safe Routes to School Plans

    Duluth Urban Area Growth Impact Study

    Human Services Coordinated Transit Plan