Officials at the Port of New Orleans plan to work with industry leaders from the Central Ohio River corridor to find new business opportunities between that region and the port.

On Monday, port officials and the Central Ohio River Business Association signed a memorandum that lays the groundwork for regional market studies and joint marketing activities, exchanging data and cross-training opportunities with the goal of developing new business and streamlining customer service, officials said.

The agreement is for two years and can be renewed.

The Central Ohio River Business Association has more than 50 members, including barge and towing companies, equipment supply companies, cargo terminals, shippers, marine services, public agencies and technical colleges.

“The Port of New Orleans and the entire Lower Mississippi River historically has strong ties to business and industry throughout the Central Ohio River region,” Gary LaGrange, president and CEO of the Port of New Orleans, said. “Today’s agreement solidifies our efforts to work together to enhance cooperation and foster a new generation of business for both parties. It’s a win-win for all.”