Wednesday, September 15, 2004


(Jackson, Miss.) - Governor Haley Barbour announced today the appointments of Nick Ardillo, of Columbus; Bill Cleveland, of Tupelo; Dale Pierce, of Aberdeen; T.L. "Bud" Phillips, of Columbus; and Martha Segars, of Iuka to the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway Development Authority.

"I greatly appreciate these five outstanding Mississippians joining me as members of the waterway authority. The waterway compact has been instrumental in the development of the Tenn-Tom and it has a long history of demonstrating how states can work together effectively to foster regional growth," remarked Governor Barbour.

The five appointees have extensive work and leadership experience. Ardillo has served as the Executive Director of Golden Triangle Regional Airport for five years. Cleveland has served as the President of the Tupelo Furniture Market for two years, and as a Senior Manager in the furniture business for more than twenty years. Pierce has worked for the past thirteen years as a Certified Public Accountant at R. Dale Pierce CPA. Phillips has worked for the past fifty years as a road construction manager. Segars has served on the First American National Bank board for five years and the CREATE Work Force board, and is a
retired Registered Dietician of thirty years.

The Tenn-Tom Waterway Development Authority is a federal interstate compact ratified by the U. S. Congress to promote and market the waterway and its economic impacts on the region and nation. The compact is comprised of Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi and Tennessee. The four governors and five public citizens from each state govern the regional agency. Chairmanship rotates annually among the four governors.
Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen currently heads the organization. The waterway authority is headquartered in Columbus, MS.

Next year will mark the 20th anniversary since the Tenn-Tom was completed. Over 1.3 billion ton-miles of commerce are shipped on the waterway each year at an annual savings in transportation costs of nearly $90 million. These savings and the availability of water supplies from the waterway have helped induce about $5 billion of new and expanded development that supports over 50,000 jobs. The waterway attracts nearly three million visitors for recreational use each year.
These campers, fisherman, and boaters generate more than $50 million of additional spending each year, 60 percent of which occur in the communities along the waterway.

"Mississippi is fortunate to have a modern, cost effective, and energy efficient water transportation system not found in many other states,"
Governor Barbour said. "The Tenn-Tom Waterway, the Mississippi River, and our 16 coastal and inland ports have contributed much to the state's economy and the quality of life of its people."

Each appointee will serve a four-year term.


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