The Greater Lafourche Port Commission, a political subdivision of the state of Louisiana, facilitates the economic growth of the communities in which it operates by maximizing the flow of trade and commerce. We do this to grow our economy and preserve our environment and heritage.
The Greater Lafourche Port Commission was established by the state of Louisiana in 1960 and exercises jurisdiction over an area of Lafourche Parish south of the Intracoastal Waterway, including Port Fourchon and the South Lafourche Leonard Miller, Jr. Airport.
The Commission's founders targeted Port Fourchon for growth and development of port facilities because of its ideal geographic location on the Gulf Coast. Fourchon's primary service market is domestic deepwater oil and gas exploration, drilling, and production in the Gulf of Mexico. Port Fourchon is comprised of 1700 developed acres that house state-of-the-art service facilities, and the port is in the final phase of its Northern Expansion project, which is more than doubling the port's size and will further accommodate the industry's growing needs.
In addition to developing Fourchon, the Commission has expanded the services of the South Lafourche Leonard Miller, Jr. Airport since acquiring it in November 2001. This general aviation airport sits on 359 acres in Galliano, Louisiana, and is surrounded by 1,200 acres of commission-owned property slated for industrial development. Its close proximity to Fourchon makes it a great choice for both business and recreational travel to South Louisiana. The airport is under aggressive expansion, and the Commission has already spent about $26 million on airport improvements over the last ten years to make the airport more accessible to a variety of users from single-engine aircraft to twenty-passenger business jets.