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FAST Act. Metrics continue to be a sticking point. No port wants to be obliged to report metrics that don't speak to their business. Nevertheless, in order for U.S. ports to secure federal commitment to systemic supply chain policy, prioritization and funding, there remains a need to prove to taxpayers that ports are managed well. The Proof Is in the Pudding There are very few examples of ports cooperating in a way that directly boosts truck turn times, or container lifts per hour or other measurables. Certainly ports get together to network and share a voice geographically; alliances like the Florida Ports Council, the American Great Lakes Ports Association, and the Port Managers Association of the Caribbean meet regularly, some with a focus on education and networking, others with clear environmental, public outreach or legislative goals. Within those geographic coalitions, cooperation sometimes rises to the next level. Toy Keller, vice president of programs and planning at the Florida Ports Council, recalled an incident a few years ago at a Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development 26 AAPA SEAPORTS MAGAZINE (FSTED) Council meeting. FSTED is a public entity that carries out the state's economic development mission through implementation of seaport capital improvement projects. At one particular meeting, a port was in dire need of funds for a specific project - infrastructure to clearly boost port performance. Members of the council, which comprised all 15 public seaport CEOs plus two state officials, acknowledged the elevated need and several ports went so far as to return a portion of their FSTED allotments, understanding that at a future point in time they might face a similar need. Florida Cooperation Fetches Funding To reach that level of cooperation requires a new way of thinking. Though not formally tied, Florida ports have frequently chosen to work together to the greater advantage of their state. Keller said, "They know that funding is more readily available for projects that bring new business to the state." There has been a shift toward searching out the common good - the overlap between individual port goals and the good of the region or state - and aligning decision-making. "Seaports are selecting projects that improve supply chain efficiencies, enhance capacities, provide a positive return on investment, and produce economic benefits for the state and their regions," according to Keller. Cooperation of this nature makes Florida somewhat of a model for the nation, according to Steve Fisher of the American Great Lakes Ports Association. Helping governing bodies recognize the urgency of building efficient and sufficient transportation capacity to satisfy consumer demands is a difficult task. Ports that create a partnership with, say, their state, as in the case of the Florida ports, can bring a fresh approach to project development that reflects the special characteristics of seaports: They are public entities, but must function as businesses to fulfill their public purpose. Like any business, they must demonstrate a service orientation and prompt response to customer demand, flexibility to meet changing market trends, and accountability to ensure sound investments. According to Keller, this approach is integral to the success of several seaport financing programs. It has accelerated the pace at which Florida's ports have been able

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Fall 2016

AAPA Headquarters
From the President’s Desk
Seaports Congestion and Cargo Movements
The Future of Automation
Port Cooperation: In the Name of Productivity
Strategy at Seaports Is Key to Handling Capacity Challenges
Thinking Outside the Box: Productivity at Non-Container Ports
Latin America’s Proactive Approach
Cruise Port Productivity — Upgrading Infrastructure for a Growing Industry
Modernizing America’s Ports for the Next Generation
Thank You, Helen Delich Bentley
Working Together for Seamless Experiences
Optimizing Systems for Profitability
New Orleans Marketplace
Index of Advertisers
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Seaports Magazine - Fall 2016 - Working Together for Seamless Experiences
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Seaports Magazine - Fall 2016 - Optimizing Systems for Profitability
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