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AAPA Names Transportation Secretary Mineta as 2005 'Port Person of the Year'
Mineta to Serve As Keynote Speaker for Port Association’s Washington People Luncheon Event on April 5
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (March 21, 2005) —
The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), the
organization representing public ports throughout the Western
Hemisphere, has selected U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Y.
Mineta as its Port Person of the Year. This is AAPA’s most
prestigious annual award, honoring an individual whose outstanding
work or service has made a significant contribution to public port
authorities and/or maritime commerce.
Secretary Mineta will receive the
award and serve as the Washington People Luncheon keynote speaker on
Tuesday, April 5, for AAPA’s annual Spring Conference, at the Park
Hyatt Hotel, 1201 24th Street, N.W., in Washington, D.C. During his
speech, the transportation secretary is expected to discuss
transportation policies and initiatives that will affect the
maritime industry’s future.
In nominating Secretary Mineta for
the award, the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey stated that
he "has brought freight transportation to the forefront of the
Administration and has been a strong advocate for the port
industry." The NY/NJ port authority declared in its nomination that
under Secretary Mineta’s leadership, "the operating principle is
that the (U.S. Department of Transportation) is more than a
collection of modal agencies. The policy from the top has examined
major transportation needs and developed policy solutions not from a
single mode perspective, but from a system perspective."
Kurt Nagle, AAPA president and
chief executive officer, said the ports association and its members
are pleased to honor Secretary Mineta with this year’s distinguished
Port Person award. He added, "The port industry appreciates
Secretary Mineta’s vision and leadership on freight mobility and
maritime transportation system issues."
Each year, AAPA presents its Port
Person of the Year award to an individual who has made significant
contributions to the port industry. Previous award recipients
include Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), 2004; Congressman Jim Oberstar
(D-MN), 2003; U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick, 2002;
U.S. Senator John Breaux (D-LA), 2001; and U.S. Senator Kay Bailey
Hutchison (R-TX), 2000.
AAPA anticipates that more than 200
legislators, governmental staff members and port industry leaders
will take part in the Spring Conference, which runs April 4-5.