The seventh annual Shifting International Trade Routes conference at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay Hotel will feature a press conference beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23. The program is sponsored by the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), in cooperation with the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd) and hosted by the Tampa Port Authority (TPA). Members of the media are invited and encouraged to attend.
Press conference speakers will include Tampa Port Authority President and CEO Paul Anderson, together with Port of Seattle CEO Tay Yoshitani (who serves as AAPA’s 2013/14 Chairman of the Board) and AAPA President Kurt Nagle. They will discuss key issues affecting international trade, and important trends and variables like global trade demand and its positive effects on domestic exports. They will also discuss funding for critical transportation infrastructure, such as waterside and landside improvements that are necessary to keep ports, as well as local and regional economies, viable. All three presenters are highly seasoned maritime industry experts who will offer unique and complementary perspectives on dominant trade, transportation and infrastructure issues that affect nearly all seaports, including right here in Tampa Bay.
WHAT: Press Conference, on highly relevant trade/transportation/infrastructure topics
WHEN:Thursday, January 23, 2014, 9:30—10:30 a.m.
WHO: Port of Tampa President & CEO Paul Anderson, together with Port of Seattle CEO/AAPA Chairman of the Board Tay Yoshitani and AAPA President Kurt Nagle
WHERE: Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay—Pelican Room, 2900 Bayport Drive, Tampa
Conference background: One of the best-attended of the AAPA conferences, Shifting International Trade Routes got its start here in Tampa in 2008. The program will address international trade route shifts and how the various players in the transportation industry view the progress of recovery from the recent economic recession. The program will also focus on how trade patterns and infrastructure needs will be affected by the planned expansion of the Panama Canal.