The Lorain Port Authority

The Lorain Port Authority provides vital services that improve the local economy and quality of life in Lorain, Ohio.


To promote waterborne commerce, to provide economic development opportunities within the City of Lorain, and to enhance public access to our waterways.

Board Membership

Since 1964, over fifty (50) individuals, representing all walks of life, have served on the Board of Directors. The Mayor appoints each board member with consent from City Council. Each member serves a four­ year term and terms are staggered. Since its creation, the Lorain Port Authority has been non­partisan in nature. The Lorain City Council ordinance creating the agency stipulated that membership shall not consist of more than five members of a single political party.

Current Board Members

  • Chairman Brad Mullins
  • Vice­ Chairman Connie Carr
  • Stephen Bansek Jr.
  • Barbara Cook
  • Roberto Davila
  • Carl Nielsen
  • Matthew Kusznir
  • Jeff Zellers
  • Alan Zgonc

Lorain Port Authority Board Meetings

The Lorain Port Authority's Board of Directors meet at 7 PM the second Tuesday of every month at the Ferry Terminal Building located at 319 Black River Lane. All Port Authority Board meetings are open to the general public and media.

Port History

The Lorain Port Authority was founded on May 4, 1964 by an act of the Council of the City of Lorain. For more than 50 years, the Port has been fueling the region’s economic growth and improving the quality of life for area residents.

Historical Highlights:

1974: Port issues $3.5 million in IRBs to assist Allied Oil (Division of Ashland Oil) in the construction of fuel storage tanks along the Black River.

1982: 'Operation Lighthouse' Port Authority and other civic, union trades and business groups spearhead efforts to paint exterior of the historic Lorain Lighthouse.

1988: Port Authority issues $5.1 million in port development bonds to assist in project financing.

1997: In July, dedication of new $2.1 million Black River Wharf Boat Launch Ramp. Project receives national award for design.

2000: In August, American Wind Orchestra Performance at Riverside Park

2003: Inaugural season for Black River Landing

2008: Port enters into agreement with Put­in­Bay Boat Lines (Jet Express) to initiate excursion ferry service between Lorain and the Lake Erie Islands.

2010: Lorain Port Authority Awarded $3.368 million in stimulus dollars (ARRA) to renovate the Mile Long (east side) Pier and add parking to the site.

2013: New recreational dock construction at Black River Landing. Due to increased demand, the Agency constructed this $100,000 facility for both recreational craft users and nature and lighthouse tour operations.

2013: Port moves into new Ferry Terminal Building at Black River Landing. This project was funded in part by Federal grant.