(a) Upon application by a local governmental entity, groups of local governmental
entities, or joint venture of local government entity or entities and private industry,
the board may grant authority for the creation of a local inland port authority district. In so authorizing such entities, political subdivisions of this state are authorized
to join with other political subdivisions of this and sister states to form a local
port authority. In deciding on a local port district designation, consideration shall be given to
(1) Areas which have entered into a joint venture with private industry;
(2) Areas for which the political subdivision(s) seeking designation has made or will
make the greatest effort, both financially and otherwise, to encourage the establishment
of facilities to enhance the efficiency and cost of the movement of goods and services
to and from markets in West Virginia, or will make the greatest effort to encourage
the construction and completion of infrastructure projects, including all types of
(b) A local port authority district provided for in this article has the authority
to establish a local board of directors, and has powers only as provided for by the
state board of directors. In no event shall the powers of a local port authority district supersede the powers
of the state authority.
Any board of directors of a port authority district shall prepare or cause to be prepared
a plan for the future development, construction and improvement of its services and
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