About 30 Newton and Harvey County officials are on a bus tour today of the Port of Catoosa near Tulsa, the furthest inland water port in the country.
Today, they will take part in a ceremonial signing of a partnership agreement with port officials. The port is full, Newton city officials said, and is seeking partnerships with other industrial parks for potential manufacturers, importers and exporters.
The port is connected to the Mississippi River and the Gulf of Mexico by the Verdegris River and its connection to the Arkansas River.
"It's our connection to China," said Troy Carlson, a Newton city consultant on the project.