Local Business & Economic Development

Ports

Access to the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway is 25 miles from Starkville at the Lowndes County Port. The port offers rail, truck, and barge access with rail service provided by Kansas City Southern Railroad.

Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway

The Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway provides lower cost transportation for raw materials, finished products, and bulk goods on the 234-mile long waterway. Designated a national marine highway, the Tenn-Tom Waterway connects to 4,500 miles of waterways in 23 states in middle America.

Lowndes County Port

  • in Columbus, MS
  • 25 miles east of Starkville
  • accessible via US 82
  • has barge-truck-rail transfer capabilities
  • served by Kansas City Southern Railway
  • warehouse and outdoor storage available
  • fork lift trucks available
  • conveyorized bed hoppers
  • additional scales

Learn more at: business.tenntom.org/using-the-tenn-tom/ports/lowndes-county-port/

Deepwater Ports

The Port of Gulfport (Gulfport, MS) and the Port of Mobile (Mobile, AL) are both within a 5-hour drive of Starkville.