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MEDC Planning & Research Work Group

Dr. Natacha J. Yacinthe, Chair
Tel: (954) 468-0213; Email:

Greg Theisen, Vice Chair
Tel: (503) 415-6522; Email: 

Planning & Research Work Group Roster

Work Group Resources

Click here view and download the three modules in AAPA's Port Planning and Investment Toolkit.  The toolkit was built around modules on planning, funding and executing projects, with the goal of making navigating the best course of action to accomplish your goals easier and more user friendly than ever before. The toolkit modules can be used to help ports:

  • Evaluate port conditions
  • Define problems
  • Plan thoroughly
  • Navigate the preplanning process
  • Engage private partners
  • Present actionable needs to administrators
  • Access available funding
  • Complete projects

Click here for the minutes of the Sept. 28, 2017 meeting of the Research & Planning Work Group. 

Click here for an April 3, 2017 Work Group report by Chairwoman Dr. Natacha J. Yacinthe.

Click here to review the meeting agenda of the Planning Work Group on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 1, 2017, 2:00pm - 5:00pm, which was held to discuss priorities and how to roll in the discipline of research into the work group's focus.  The meeting was in conjunction with AAPA's Planning for Shifting Trade Conference (Feb. 2-3, 2017), Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, 700 South Florida Avenue, Tampa, FL 33602  Click here to review a summary of the discussions from that meeting. 

Click here to review the AAPA PPM® planning and research paper, "The Seaport Planning Activities of AAPA-Member Seaports," by Dr. Natacha J. Yacinthe. (Access restricted to AAPA members.)