Seaports Magazine - Winter 2014 - (Page 8)

»PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE Arming Ports to Pursue Their Futures By Kurt J. Nagle President & CEO American Association of Port Authorities A APA spent most of 2014 refreshing our strategic plan to prepare the association for the near-term future. Port leaders from throughout the hemisphere had input into the document that was approved at the AAPA Annual Convention in Houston and will guide the port industry for the next several years. Guided by our skilled facilitator, Phil Kuehl, and chaired by 2013-2014 AAPA Chairman of the Board Tay Yoshitani, the strategic planning group articulated a clear vision, mission and goals for the association and identified roughly a dozen priority planning issues affecting the hemispheric port industry. The revised strategic plan will drive decision-making when it comes to AAPA training programs, awareness efforts, advocacy goals and communications channels. Many AAPA member ports have also been refreshing or revising their strategic plans with an eye toward a 10- or 20-year horizon. Others have been undertaking or amending ambitious capital plans to create the facilities they believe will grow their business, cement their role as economic engines and provide jobs for their communities. The future looms large in the decisionmaking of every commission room or chief executive office within the port industry. But what does the future hold? Obviously, there is no way of knowing for sure, but it's certainly worth examining trends and emerging markets to see how trade routes might shift. There's a value for ports in knowing what technology is reaching maturity and can be implemented successfully, as 8 AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE The future looms large in the decision-making of every commission room or chief executive office within the port industry. But what does the future hold? Obviously, there is no way of knowing for sure, but it's certainly worth examining trends and emerging markets to see how trade routes might shift. well as what energy sources or conservation measures have the potential to transform port operations and commercial markets. Learning lessons from past encounters with local organizations can enable ports to position themselves within their communities and among their stakeholders as a valued partner and trusted civic leader. This issue of Seaports magazine attempts to highlight the future of ports, but we've attempted to do more than that in these pages. Just showcasing emerging technology or discussing shifts in global manufacturing trends is not enough. We want this issue of Seaports magazine to highlight the future FOR ports - that is, to show the paths that are available to ports should they decide to pursue them. At AAPA we say over and over, "When you've seen one port, you've seen one port." And as well-tread as that statement is, we continue to say it because it's true. Ports do not all want to be the same thing. Some ports are building their identities around productivity - holding themselves to everincreasing standards when it comes to truck turn times or container moves. Some want to be innovators and leaders when it comes to the use of technology and automation in transforming the way that vessels are loaded and unloaded. Some want to be known as environmental vanguards, blazing trails when it comes to emissions reduction technology, stormwater treatment or endangered species mitigation. Some ports see a strong future for themselves as niche cargo ports, building brands that center on handling specialized cargo or delicate agricultural commodities. The future for ports is really full of options, and while all ports want many of the same things - delivering prosperity for their communities, protecting coastal resources, serving their nations as frontlines for homeland security - they will continue to pursue individual paths that meet their own unique goals. We hope that this issue of Seaports magazine will assist ports on their paths and help them flesh out their visions for the futures they want to pursue. As one year ends and another begins, it's a good time to focus on what the future holds. With our refreshed strategic plan in place, AAPA feels confident about the path we are on, and we look forward to seeing the paths all of our member ports pursue alongside us. ●

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Winter 2014

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
What Will Ports Look Like in the Future?
Opportunities Abound for Ports Amid Shifting Trade Lanes
The Port Executive of the Future
Port of Houston Hosts Seaport Leaders for AAPA’S Annual Convention
Always Striving for Excellence
U.S. Must Continue to Strengthen Port and Waterways Infrastructure
Winners Honored in AAPA’s 2014 IT, Environmental Improvement and Communications Awards Programs
Keeping your Cyber Systems Healthy Now and in the Future
Why You Should Love Your Local Environmentalist
U.S. Needs to Play ‘Catch Up’ on Infrastructure Investment
Index of Advertisers

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