Milwaukee Port Director To Lead St. Lawrence Seaway
Tindall-Schlicht to oversee U.S. portion of seaway linking Great Lakes and Atlantic Ocean.
On Monday, the White House formally announced Adam Tindall-Schlicht‘s appointment as administrator of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation (GLS).
Tindall-Schlicht announced his resignation as the mayoral-appointed director of Port Milwaukee on Oct. 20 for a then-unannounced job in the Biden administration.
Port director since 2018, Tindall-Schlicht oversaw an explosion of cruise ship traffic, construction of the largest port investment since the seaway opened, planning for a new cruise ship dock and preparation work for a multi-year, multi-jurisdictional environmental remediation effort on Milwaukee waterways to remove the federal “area of concern” designation.
The GLS is responsible for the United States portion of the seaway, which connects the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean via a system of locks, canals and rivers along the border of the U.S. and Canada. Ocean-going ships calling on Milwaukee, known as “salties,” use the 370-mile system to access the Great Lakes.
Tindall-Schlicht will now report directly to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
The administrator role has been vacant since 2017, a fact that drew the attention of Congress and the U.S. Senate earlier this year. Forty members, including Wisconsin congressional representatives Gwen Moore and Tom Tiffany, signed onto a joint letter calling on President Joe Biden to fill the position and noted the importance of the seaway.
“Approximately 40 million tons of cargo pass through the Seaway and its navigation locks each year, supporting more than 90,000 jobs in the binational Great Lakes region,” the letter to Biden noted.
Tindall-Schlicht’s Canadian counterpart is Terence F. Bowles, who has held the role since 2010.
GLS’s operational headquarters is in Massena, NY, near the northern tip of New York. The policy headquarters is in Washington D.C. It has a regional office in Milwaukee, which according to its website is home to a single employee: former Port Milwaukee trade development specialist Peter Hirthe.
Tindall-Schlicht spent 10 years with the U.S. Department of Transportation before becoming Milwaukee’s port director. His USDOT posting immediately prior to returning home to Milwaukee was in Cleveland working for GLS as a regional representative.
GLS is constructing a new, 7,500-square-foot visitor site in Messena.