On Wednesday, Port of Muskogee Director Emeritus Scott Robinson was recognized for more than 31 years of service in a ceremony at the newly renamed Robinson Gallery and Event Center at Three Forks Harbor. In addition to addressing the career Robinson, officials unveiled upcoming infrastructure plans at the port.
Robinson began working as port director in July of 1990. His primary responsibility being the management and development at the port, located at the headwaters of the Arkansas River portion of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System. He has served, at one time or another, as an officer and member of a variety of waterway related boards and commissions including the Arkansas Basin Development Association, the Arkansas Oklahoma Port Operator’s Association, the ODOT Waterways Advisory Board, the Governor’s Port Task Force, the National Waterways Conference, the Marine Transportation System National Advisory Council, and the Arkansas River Historical Society. Prior to becoming port director, Robinson spent seventeen years as an independent oil and gas producer with operations in Oklahoma and Texas and was an active member of the Oklahoma Independent Petroleum Association and the Independent Petroleum Association of America.
Colonel Scott Preston, Commander and District Engineer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of the Tulsa District, recognized Robinson for his years of service. Additionally, US Sen. Jim Inhofe’s staff provided an accommodation that was read on the US Senate Floor. Former colleagues Bob Portiss, Dave Davis, Steve Taylor and Ed Gage shared admiration of Robinson’s leadership, vision, and dedication. Muskogee Mayor Marlon Coleman called Robinson a visionary and presented him with the key to the city.
Carrying out the strategic plan, Port Director Kimbra Scott announced $58 million of upcoming infrastructure improvements at the port that will bring transformative change and usher in the next fifty years of service. Improvements include rail improvements, updated security, levy construction, and waterfront infrastructure improvements at the port.