Civic leaders celebrate 20 years of the Ports-to-Plains Alliance.

The almost 5,000 mile corridor joins nine states, Canada, and Mexico to advocate international transportation and economic prosperity.

Former Congressman Randy Neugebauer said he remembers sitting on City Council when the project was first being discussed.

"We were sitting down to have a kind of long-range planning session and we talked about what are some things that we can do to build upon the region for the next 20 years, next 40 years," Neugebauer said. "One of the things that came up during that conversation was how important transportation is and access to the world markets."

Michael Reeves, president of the Ports-to-Plains Alliance, said the conference celebrates progress and the improvements that can be made to the corridor moving forward.

"The commitment we've seen over twenty years through our membership, staying committed to the project and then also the growth as well speaks to the commitment and importance it is to the whole region and why it's important for everyone to continue pushing forward," Reeves said. "We have a lot of accomplishments, but we still have a ways to go."

Reeves said they hope to extend the corridor through I-27 over the next few years.