VPA gives Bridges contract extension
The Virginia Port Authority Board of Commissioners last week approved a six-year contract extension for Port Director Jerry Bridges.
Bridges joined the VPA in February 2007 from the Port of Oakland, where he was executive director.
In his four years he has led the state's evaluation of three private sector proposals seeking to privatize operations at the Port of Virginia, seen the opening of the Norfolk Southern's Heartland Corridor double-stack rail corridor to Columbus and Chicago, overseen the lease of the APM Terminals facility in Portsmouth, guided planning and preliminary development of the Craney Island terminal expansion project, reorganized the VPA's staff, and helped establish a short-sea barge service between Richmond and Norfolk for containers.
'We got the right guy,' Board Chairman John Milliken said in a statement, adding Bridges has led the VPA 'to a new level of excellence.'