Pennsylvania Governor Corbett Names Charles Kopp to Lead Philadelphia Regional Port Authority

Mar 01, 2011, 17:32 ET from Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Governor Tom Corbett today named Charles Kopp to serve as chairman of the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, or PRPA. Kopp is an attorney with the law firm of Cozen O'Connor in Philadelphia.

"Charlie Kopp has the institutional knowledge and expertise needed to guide PRPA's important work," Gov. Corbett said. "He has earned a well-deserved reputation as a consensus-builder who delivers strong results."

"I am honored by Governor Corbett's appointment and share his goal to make the Philadelphia port the best in the nation as an integral part of his overall commitment to spur economic activity and create jobs," Kopp said. "The future potential of the Philadelphia port is spectacular and I look forward to working closely with Governor Corbett, public officials in Philadelphia, public officials around Pennsylvania, and other interested parties to reach Governor Corbett's goal of making the Philadelphia port the finest in the nation."

An experienced tax lawyer, Kopp is familiar with all aspects of federal, state and local taxation. He has also developed in-depth experience in corporate acquisitions and mergers. Kopp previously served on the Delaware River Port Authority, having been appointed to that entity by former Gov. Dick Thornburgh in 1986.

The Philadelphia Regional Port Authority is an independent state agency charged with the management, maintenance, marketing, and promotion of publicly owned port facilities along the Delaware River in Philadelphia, as well as strategic planning in the port district. 

PRPA works with its terminal operators to modernize, expand, and improve its facilities, and to market those facilities to prospective port users. Port cargoes and the activities they generate are responsible for thousands of direct and indirect jobs in the Philadelphia area and across Pennsylvania, as well as numerous other economic benefits.

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SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor