Ports + Politics

New Funding to Help Ports Realize Infrastructure Projects

Ports + Politics By Derek Miller, Government Relations Manager, AAPA For years “Infrastructure Week” has been a running joke in Washington. “It is really going to happen this week?” was a common refrain. Well, the wait is finally over, and no one is joking anymore. On November 15, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) into law. ...

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Congressman Peter DeFazio to Retire

AAPA extends its congratulations to U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, on his plans for retirement in 2022. Chairman DeFazio has proven instrumental to seaports in his advocacy over the course of his time in this role. He was key to the restoration of Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) legislation in every Congressional session from 2014 ...

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AAPA GovRel Attends Connie Ceremony

Members of AAPA’s Government Relations team were honored to attend the 2021 Connie Award ceremony in Newark, N.J., this week where Gene Seroka, executive director of the Port of Los Angeles, was awarded this year’s Connie, and Bill Mongelluzzo, senior editor of the Journal of Commerce, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award. AAPA heartily congratulates both Gene and Bill on their outstanding achievements.

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Anchorage Daily News: Our Ports Need Investment Now

Carl Uchytil Chris Connor Mario Cordero By Carl Uchytil, Port Director, Port of Juneau Chris Connor, President & CEO, AAPA Mario Cordero, Executive Director, Port of Long Beach; Chairman, AAPA On August 10, the U.S. Senate passed an important $1.3 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package. During the process, AAPA members and staff were actively engaged with lawmakers to ensure that ports ...

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PORTS + POLITICS: Cruise Ships Are a Vital Part of Our Economy and Regional Security

Restarting the cruise industry, with proper safety protocols in place, is an integral part of ensuring the massive trade and cargo operations continue to thrive to and from PortMiami – and the rest of the Western Hemisphere – as the cruise industry could help restore some of the fragile economies that are finally beginning to regain stability. By U.S. Congresswoman ...

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PORTS + POLITICS: Precious Cargo

By Ed Royce, Policy Director, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck In a 1938 fireside chat, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt told Americans, “To reach a port we must set sail. Sail, not tie at anchor. Sail, not drift.” He was pitching his vision for defeating the Great Depression. Today, FDR’s words could take on a more literal meaning. The ports he spoke ...

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PORTS + POLITICS: Mexico and Its Cruise Industry

The cruise industry in Mexico is weathering the coronavirus pandemic and putting plans in place to safely open up again once given the green light. By Mtra. Luz Alicia Iturbe De Garay Mexico plays a key role, as this industry is one of the most dynamic activities in the world economy and its strong growth has provided us with important ...

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