Greater Port Arthur Chamber of Commerce
The Regional Economic Development Initiative Committee (REDI) was well represented at the 2016 Offshore Technology Conference in Houston. Regina Lindsey, president of the Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce, welcomed everyone to the REDI sponsored Southeast Texas – Aberdeen Scotland breakfast. Paul Latiolais, director of Lamar University’s Center for Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship, was one of the panel participants. Latiolais gave a great presentation and responded to questions about opportunities to our area.
In 1895, Arthur E. Stilwell began looking at the Sabine Pass area to determine if a port could be built. The port would be connected to the Kansas City Railroad that was under construction. After an engineer’s report showed that an inland canal would be better because of hurricanes, and the fact that most of the Sabine Pass land was owned by two New York Bankers, Stilwell settled on a piece of land near Taylor Bayou.