American Association of Port Authorities to Kick off 95th Annual Convention Next Week
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (Sept. 5, 2006) –
Hundreds of port and maritime transportation leaders, industry experts and
service providers will converge on New Orleans next week to participate in the
95th Annual Convention of the American Association of Port
Authorities (AAPA) – the alliance of leading ports in the Western
the Port of New Orleans, the five-day event (Sept. 10-14)
features a multi-faceted agenda of keynote speakers, panel discussions,
interactive sessions, networking events and a robust exhibition of service and
product providers to the port industry. The program’s keynote presentation will
come from U.S. Chamber of Commerce board chairman Gerald L. Shaheen, who, at a
luncheon on Tuesday, will discuss how infrastructure and congestion issues are
affecting freight mobility and what can be done to resolve these challenges.
Mr. Shaheen also serves as group president of Caterpillar Inc., headquartered in
president and CEO, remarked that this year’s convention theme, “Rollin’ on the
River,” (see www.portno.com/aapa1/GenInfo.htm)
is a special time to pay tribute to the conference’s host port, its importance
to the world’s shipping community, and the remarkable way it has recovered from
the devastating impacts of Hurricane Katrina. “Having our 95th
annual convention in New Orleans this year is a way to
contribute to the recovery process of the city and the entire region,” said Mr.
Nagle. “The port’s staff has worked tirelessly to make this convention an
exciting and memorable experience for all attendees.”
addition to holding its annual convention in “The Big Easy,” another way AAPA is
helping support New
hurricane recovery is through sales of Fleur de Lis-jeweled lapel pins at its
annual convention. The fund-raiser, spearheaded within the port industry by
Colleen Groseclose, wife of AAPA Chairman Bernard S. Groseclose, Jr., is in
connection with Friends of the New Orleans Public Library, a New Orleans nonprofit whose goal is to
jump-start the rebuilding efforts of the New Orleans Public Library. More
information about the library restoration fund drive is available at www.nutrias.org/info/friends/friends.htm.
convention’s three days of business sessions (Sept. 12-14) will be a Tuesday
morning program titled, “Partnerships for Connectivity,” featuring a panel of
respected port authority executives from the U.S. and Canada in an interactive
discussion of how government and private transportation interests can
successfully initiate and share the costs of public infrastructure projects.
The following morning, Robbie Vitrano—partner and creative director of
Advertising—will detail the positive effects of integrated marketing and
strategic communications to influence their target audiences. Following Mr.
Vitrano’s presentation, a panel of communications experts, moderated by Port of
Palm Beach Executive Director Lori Baer, will review a pair of recent, highly
successful communications campaigns that utilized methods that will be referred
to in Mr. Vitrano’s presentation.
Thursday morning, participants will be invited to participate in a lively
discussion about preparing for, responding to and recovering from a variety of
emergency situations. The impacts of disasters such as last year’s Hurricane
Katrina, accidents like vessel groundings that disrupt labor and shipping
activities, and even terrorist incidents, can be greatly diminished through
effective emergency preparation and post-disaster response. Session speakers
will discuss key considerations for disaster planning and recovery, which AAPA’s
Working Group on Emergency Preparation and Response identified after last year’s
devastating hurricane season.
business session on Thursday will feature a session titled, “Innovative
Approaches to Port Challenges.” Moderated by Port of Longview (Wash.) Executive
Director Ken O’Hollaren, panelists in the fields of communications, facilities
engineering and environmental management will highlight “best practices” and
lessons learned from each of their port’s award-winning programs.
95th Annual Convention will conclude Thursday evening with a formal
dinner honoring 2005-2006 AAPA Chairman Groseclose, to be held at the Hilton
Riverside New Orleans hotel.