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DIVERSITY IS
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PORTS FINDING
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AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE

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eaports are diverse by nature;
they connect continents, companies and individuals around
the world. Increasingly, North
American ports are harnessing diversity in
their workforces and building their capacity
by contracting to diverse businesses.
The roster of officially certified companies being sought out includes Minority
Business Enterprises (MBEs), which may be
owned or controlled by Aboriginal, African,
Hispanic or Asian Americans; Women's
Business Enterprises (WBEs); Small Business
Enterprises (SBEs), and Disadvantaged
Business Enterprises (DBEs), which are owned
by socially and economically disadvantaged
individuals. In addition, in diversifying their
workforce, many ports are targeting veterans,
whose background is especially compatible
with the often challenging work of a seaport.
For example, the Port of Seattle reports that
in 2015, more than $9 million in contracts
went to certified DBE, MBE and/or WBE
businesses: an increase of $1 million over the
previous year. In the same period, 33 percent of
eligible expenditures went to small businesses.
Seattle also has a robust program to hire
military personnel, and estimates that nearly
10 percent of the port's employees have served
or are currently serving in the military. Its
Veterans Fellowship Program provides sixmonth employment to assist veterans in
making the transition to civilian life. On
November 15, 2017, the Port of Seattle, the

By Sarah B. Hood

Port of Tacoma and the Northwest Seaport
Alliance partnered to host "Guardians of
the Gateway," a veterans' career workshop.
Philadelphia's PhilaPort is currently
developing a comprehensive diversity outreach program to intensify its commitment
to engaging certified MBEs and WBEs - as
well as veteran-owned, service-disabledveteran-owned and LGBT-owned small
businesses - in project-related construction
contracts and subcontracts. It has set a target of 20 percent of contract awards going
to at least two of these categories.
The Port Authority of New York and New
Jersey (PANYNJ) also has a very robust supplier diversity program designed to attract
minority, women, small, and disadvantaged
owned businesses (MWSDBEs). It maintains
a directory of more than 4,000 port authority-certified MWSDBEs, and is conducting
an MWBE and AC/DBE Disparity Study,
including community consultation meetings
to evaluate whether MWBEs and airport concessions/disadvantaged business enterprises
have equal access to its contract opportunities.
Supplier diversity extends both to the soft
goods that PANYNJ purchases and to contracts, for which minimum goals have been
established. These goals are also passed along
to port tenants when they issue contracts for
projects such as construction tenders.
These initiatives are not merely altruistic, but bring considerable benefits to
the port authority, says Bethann Rooney,



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Winter 2017

Latin American Ports Debate Globalization and Protectionism in Punta del Este
AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
Anticipating Change … Progress Through Port Diversification
Creative Financing
Workforce Diversity
Preparing for Growth Through Multiple Modes
Highlights from the 2017 AAPA Annual Convention
Third Edition of the CMTS Federal Funding Handbook Now Online
Port Management in the Great Barrier Reef
Index of Advertisers
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Seaports Magazine - Winter 2017 - AAPA Headquarters
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Seaports Magazine - Winter 2017 - From the President’s Desk
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Seaports Magazine - Winter 2017 - Anticipating Change … Progress Through Port Diversification
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Seaports Magazine - Winter 2017 - Creative Financing
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Seaports Magazine - Winter 2017 - Workforce Diversity
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Seaports Magazine - Winter 2017 - Preparing for Growth Through Multiple Modes
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Seaports Magazine - Winter 2017 - Highlights from the 2017 AAPA Annual Convention
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Seaports Magazine - Winter 2017 - Third Edition of the CMTS Federal Funding Handbook Now Online
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Seaports Magazine - Winter 2017 - Port Management in the Great Barrier Reef
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Seaports Magazine - Winter 2017 - Index of Advertisers
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