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 Economic Development News 
Thursday, September 24 2015

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)— the recognized and coordinated voice of seaports in the Americas—has slated eight maritime industry programs for 2016, including the popular Shifting International Trade Routes forum in Tampa, FL, Jan. 21-22; the association’s annual Spring Conference in Washington, DC, April 5-6; and its 105th Annual Convention and Exposition, Oct. 23-27, in New Orleans, LA, which is being hosted by the Port of New Orleans.

Two brand-new programs scheduled for 2016 will address timely topics relevant to seaports of all sizes and types.  AAPA´s Infrastructure Development and Financing Seminar, March 9-10 in San Diego, CA, will help ports overcome the myriad challenges they face when undertaking facility enhancement or renovation projects.  The Cargo Optimization Seminar, June 7-8 in Jersey City, NJ, will feature a dual-track program segmented by cargo type.  One track will be for ports that specialize in handling containerized goods with a program titled Terminal Productivity and Congestion, focused on increasing the velocity of containers through a port.  The other track will be for ports that specialize in handling non-containerized cargo, with a program titled Community Relations and Port Diversification, focused on obtaining broad community acceptance and approval for a port’s operations.

Further information about all of the 2016 AAPA education and training programs is now available on the AAPA website.

Program Title

2016 Dates


Shifting International Trade Routes

Jan. 21-22

Le Méridien Tampa
Tampa, FL

Commissioners Seminar

Feb. 9-11

West Palm Beach Marriott
West Palm Beach, FL

Infrastructure Development and Financing Seminar

March 9-10

Marriott San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
San Diego, CA

AAPA Spring Conference

April 5-6

Renaissance Washington DC Downtown Hotel
Washington, DC

Cargo Optimization Seminar

June 7-8

Hyatt Regency Jersey City on the Hudson
Jersey City, NJ

Port Security and IT Seminar and Exposition

July 20-22

The Westin Crystal City
Arlington, VA

Energy and Environment Seminar

Sept. 14-15

Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel
Vancouver, BC, Canada

105th Annual AAPA Convention and Exposition

Oct. 23-27

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel
New Orleans, LA

About AAPA
Founded in 1912, AAPA today represents more than 130 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and about 300 sustaining, associate and honorary members, firms and individuals with an interest in seaports. As a critical link for access to the global marketplace, each year, Western Hemisphere seaports generate about US$9 trillion of economic activity, support the employment of tens of millions of people and import and export about 8 billion tons of cargo, including food, clothing, medicine, fuel and building materials, as well as consumer electronics and toys. As Western Hemisphere populations continue to rise, so too does the demand for goods, services and cruise offerings that depend on our seaports. To meet these demands, the AAPA and its members are committed to keeping seaports navigable, secure and sustainable.

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