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GALVESTON The Port of Galveston s governing board today will consider whether to hire a consulting firm at a cost not to exceed $300,000 to help make infrastructure improvements and attract cargo and other business to the west end of the public docks.

The Wharves Board of Trustees in a special meeting will consider entering into a professional services agreement with Laredo-based Phoenix Port Partners.

The staff request comes as the port seeks ways to cut costs as expenses rise and revenues decline. Belt-tightening has included limiting travel, a hiring freeze and not giving cost-of-living raises to the port s 80 or so employees.

Phoenix Port Partners would have among its duties helping find financing for such projects as filling in slips and building piers so ships could tie up on the port s west end.

Phoenix Port Partners also could help the landlord port find tenants, such as a container terminal operator for the west end, and make recommendations for infrastructure improvements, port Director Mike Mierzwa said.

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