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News Release
FOR RELEASE - October 14, 2013
Contact: Aaron Ellis,

American Association of Port Authorities
Phone: (202) 792-4033

Florida Governor Rick Scott To Discuss Value of Seaports At AAPA’s 102nd Annual Convention

Seaport association’s Oct. 13-17 conference being hosted by the Canaveral Port Authority


Florida Governor Rick Scott will serve as the keynote speaker on Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the American Association of Port Authority’s (AAPA) 102nd Annual Convention and Expo in Orlando, Fla., hosted by the Canaveral Port Authority.  He will discuss the importance of investing in ports and port-related infrastructure during a luncheon presentation at the AAPA convention.

Gov. Scott is a strong proponent for ports, particularly Florida’s 14 deepwater seaports.  In his 2013 State of the State address in March, he emphasized the need for strategic infrastructure investments to grow Florida's economy, including recommending $288 million in seaport improvements this year. In June, Gov. Scott signed legislation for two bills that facilitate economic development opportunities by prioritizing Florida’s investment in vital transportation projects, including improvements to the state’s deepwater ports.  The legislation positions the Florida Department of Transportation to build an interconnected, efficient transportation system while reducing bureaucracy and streamlining decision making to allow faster project delivery for infrastructure improvements that employ creative financing alternatives, offer transportation choices and develop future transportation corridors. 

Also in June, the governor received Florida’s International Achievement Award from the World Trade Center Miami for his outstanding leadership and performance in enhancing two-way trade and tourism. The award is given to executives and corporations that have worked to advance Miami and Florida’s position as the “Trade and Logistics Capital of the Americas.”

“Gov. Scott has been clear about his recognition of the vital importance of seaports and the need to invest in port-related infrastructure,” said Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO.  “He has committed sizable amounts of state dollars to investments in and connecting to Florida’s seaports to enhance the efficient movement of goods, strengthen the economy and create sustainable jobs.  We applaud his leadership and vocal advocacy for improving seaport infrastructure and look forward to his participation at our annual convention in Orlando.”

“We’re delighted to bring Gov. Scott before our industry and laud him as an advocate for Port Canaveral and other Florida seaports,” said Port Canaveral CEO John E. Walsh. “His leadership promoting infrastructure improvements has been critical to sustaining seaports as economic engines for our communities.”

More information about AAPA’s 102nd Annual Convention and Expo, including its business program agenda, exhibitors and sponsors, is available at

WHO: American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and the Canaveral Port Authority
WHAT: Keynote luncheon address by Florida Governor Rick Scott
WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 16, 1:15 pm – 2:45pm (click here for complete program agenda)
WHERE: JR Marriott Grande Lakes Hotel, 4040 Central Florida Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32837
MEDIA: Journalists may register for complimentary media access to open business sessions (Oct. 15-17) by visiting and registering as Media under “Registration Type.”

About the Canaveral Port Authority
With nearly 4 million revenue cruise passengers annually traveling through its terminals, Port Canaveral is the second busiest cruise port in the world, with home-ported and port of call ships from the world’s top cruise lines. Port Canaveral also is a growing cargo port centrally located to service all of Florida and the Southeastern United States, annually handling million of tons of bulk, break bulk and project cargo. Along with its parks, marinas, beach, restaurants and other entertainment options, Port Canaveral boasts a new 7-story attraction and generates more than 13,000 jobs for the region with an estimated economic impact of more than $2 billion.  For more information, visit

Port Name: American Association of Port Authorities

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