WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The administration announced Thursday that 7 nationally and regionally significant infrastructure projects will be expedited to help modernize and expand 5 major ports in the United States.
The announcement was made as the president traveled to the Sunshine State; and, according to a release from the White House, two of those ports are in Florida.
The Port of Jacksonville and the Port of Miami have been named as being among those that will get fast-tracked with their modernization efforts.
As part of a Presidential Executive Order issued in March of this year, the Office of Management and Budget is charged with overseeing a government-wide effort to make the permitting and review process for infrastructure projects more efficient and effective, saving time while driving better outcomes for local communities.
The administration said that these were the first 7 of the initial 43 projects that will be expedited by the Executive Order.
Additional expedited infrastructure projects will be announced in the coming weeks.
"One way to help American businesses grow and hire is to modernize our infrastructure," the president said. "Today's commitment to move these port projects forward faster will help drive job growth and strengthen the economy."
The Obama Administration is also announcing the establishment of a White House-led Task Force that will consist of senior officials from various White House offices, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Departments of Transportation, Commerce, Homeland Security, and the Treasury.
The Task Force will develop a Federal strategy and coordinated decision making principles that focus on the economic return of investments into coastal ports and related infrastructure to support the movement of commerce throughout the Nation.