The Port Authority was established by the Winona City Council by resolution on March 18, 1968, under the authority of Chapter 541, Session Laws of the State of Minnesota for 1967. The enabling legislation granted the exercise of all powers and duties of Port Authorities in the State of Minnesota to the Winona Port Authority.
2nd Thursday of every month
Council Chambers, 3rd Floor
City Hall 207 Lafayette Street
The Port Authority consists of seven members who serve six year terms and are appointed by the Mayor, with approval of Council. The Authority is staffed by Acting City Manager Chad Ubl and Director of Community Development Lucy McMartin.
George Borzyskowski Term Expires: December 31, 2022
Michelle Alexander Term Expires: December 31, 2022
Ernest Gorman Term Expires: March 18, 2024
Michael Hansen Term Expires: March 18, 2024
Michael Cichanowski Term Expires: March 18, 2028
Dana Johnson Term Expires: March 18, 2028
Laurie Lucas Term Expires: March 18, 2028
Interest in economic development
The Port Authority of Winona is governed by seven Commissioners, two of whom are current City Council members. The City Manager serves as the Executive Secretary for the Port Authority, and other City staff act as the support staff for the Authority. This framework promotes a relationship between the Authority and the City of Winona.
In addition, specific requirements of legislation related to the Winona Port Authority requires that the City Council approve all matters such as:
Use of eminent domain powers
Establishment of industrial districts
Creation of tax increment projects to help ensure that the Port Authority activities are consistent with City policies
Given the powers it has today, the Port Authority can acquire and improve land for industrial and economic development purposes and prepare attractive financing packages enabling industrial location and expansion.