The Gulf Ports Association is a trade organization whose members include a variety of port authorities located on the Gulf Coast of the United States. Stretching from Manatee, Florida to Brownsville, Texas. The GPA member ports are dedicated to enhancing economic development and encouraging commerce. They serve both deepwater and shallow-draft public port facilities.The importance of these public port facilities can be seen vividly in their economic impact to the local and national economy, including jobs generated by port activities. Gulf ports contribute over $50 billion annually to the U.S. economy and provide almost 750,000 jobs directly related to port activities.
The GPA continues to promote progress in waterborne commerce through Gulf ports; to provide a forum through which member ports can address mutual concerns; to educate the public and elected officials as to the economic impact of Gulf ports; and, to provide users of ports in the Gulf with innovatively managed and environmentally responsible facilities.