The Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO) has transferred its Inola River-Rail Site to the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority, which operates the Tulsa Port of Catoosa and plans to develop the site to attract large-scale economic development projects.
The 2,000 acre property is located along the Verdigris River, which is part of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, and connects to the Port Authority’s existing facilities at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa.
With both barge and rail access available at the Inola site, the port authrity says location is ideal for much-needed expansion of Port operations and for future industrial development.
“In 1963, the City of Tulsa-Rogers County Port Authority began the vision to turn 2,000 acres of rural Rogers County property into an inland waterway port and industrial park,” said the Tulsa Port’s Director, David Yarbrough. “Today, there is more than a billion dollars of private investment at the Tulsa Port of Catoosa, with 70 companies employing over 3,200 people. We are very thankful to PSO for having faith in the Port Authority as the right partner to bring development experience to this property and assist industrial and manufacturing facilities to locate and thrive in the region.”
Though long-term plans for development are just underway, terms of the agreement call for the Tulsa Port of Catoosa to develop and enhance the property’s infrastructure. PSO will continue to be the electricity provider for the property and will co-develop a master plan with the port and help in co-marketing efforts.