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Duluth Seaway Port Authority executive director resigns

Vanta Coda

The Duluth Seaway Port Authority executive director submitted his letter of resignation Wednesday.

The DSPA Board of Commissioners accepted Vanta Coda’s resignation, effective Feb. 9, and appointed the organization’s CFO Kevin Beardsley as interim executive director while the search for a successor gets underway.

“Vanta opened our eyes to new possibilities during his tenure here,” said Ray Klosowski, DSPA board president in a statement. “He leaves the Port Authority in a solid position financially, well positioned for future growth.”

In a news release Wednesday, the Port Authority touted Coda’s achievements during his tenure, including completion of $24 million worth of infrastructure renewal projects, launching the Duluth Cargo Connect branding initiative and opening a CN Duluth Intermodal Terminal onsite last spring.

“It’s been an exciting time to be part of this organization. The Port Authority is in great shape,” said Coda. “The team in place today is the most tightly mission-focused staff with whom I’ve ever worked. Together, we’ve set the table for many years of forward-leaning growth, so it’s a good time for me to turn over the reins and embark on a new adventure.”

Coda became the Port Authority’s chief executive in 2013, and was the seventh executive to lead the Duluth Seaway Port Authority in the past 60 years.