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News Release
FOR RELEASE - September 19, 2016
Contact: Aaron Ellis, Public Affairs Director,

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

AAPA Announces 2017 Calendar of Seminars & Conferences

10 multi-day industry programs slated; add’l day-long programs being considered

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)— the recognized and coordinated voice of seaports in the Americas—has slated 10 maritime industry programs for 2017, including the revamped Planning for Shifting Trade (previously called Shifting International Trade Routes) workshop in Tampa, FL, Feb. 2-3; AAPA’s biennial Cruise Seminar, to be held in San Diego, CA, Feb. 14-15; the association’s annual Spring Conference in Washington, DC, April 4-6; and its 106th Annual Convention and Exposition, Oct. 1-4, in Long Beach, CA, which is being hosted by the Port of Long Beach.

Last held in 2005, AAPA’s completely revised and updated Communications and Economic Development Seminar is a dual-track program scheduled for June 13-14 in Portland, OR. It will include port public relations and port economic development topics, with a focus on collaborations and strategies that can help ports gain favor with customers, community members, government officials and other important stakeholders.

Further information about all of the 2017 AAPA education and training programs is now available on the AAPA website. Additional day-long, topic-specific programs may be added to the AAPA website during the year which don’t appear below. 

Program Title  2017 Dates  Location
Planning for Shifting Trade Feb. 2-3 Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina
Tampa, FL
Cruise Seminar Feb. 14-15 Marriott Marquis San Diego Waterside
San Diego, CA 
Port Administration & Legal Issues Seminar March 7-8 Waterfront Hotel, a Joie de Vivre Boutique Hotel
Oakland, CA
AAPA Spring Conference April 4-6 Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel
Washington, DC 
Executive Management Conference May 1-5

Saddlebrook Resort
Tampa, FL

Commissioners Seminar May 16-17 Westin Indianapolis
Indianapolis, IN
Communications & Economic
Development Seminar
June 13-14 Crown Plaza Portland Downtown Convention Center
Portland, OR
Port Security Seminar & Expo July 19-21 InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile Hotel
Chicago, IL
AAPA 106th Annual Convention
& Exposition
Oct. 1-4 Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center
Long Beach, CA
Facilities Engineering Seminar Oct. 24-26

Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay
Miami, FL

Please include the above programs in your printed and on-line calendar of events.

About AAPA
Founded in 1912, AAPA today represents 140 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and more than 250 sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with an interest in seaports. According to IHS World Trade Service, combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere ports in 2014 totaled 3.48 billion metric tons in volume and US$3.75 trillion in value. Of that total, ports in Central and South America handled 1.68 billion metric tons of cargo valued at US$1.36 trillion, while North American ports handled 1.79 billion metric tons of goods, valued at US$2.39 trillion. To meet the growing demand for trade, the AAPA and its members are committed to keeping seaports navigable, secure and sustainable.  For more information, visit


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