Port of Tacoma earns top communications award

For the second year in a row, the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) will present the Dan Maynard Communications Award for Overall Program Excellence to the Port of Tacoma.

The leading organization representing public ports throughout the Western Hemisphere, AAPA’s 2007 Communications Awards competition attracted 194 entries from 38 U.S. and Canadian ports. Entries were judged by 32 Washington, DC-area public relations professionals. In total, the judges marked 82 entries for honors, including 17 for an Award of Excellence, 42 for an Award of Merit and 23 for Honorable Mention.

Each year, AAPA acknowledges the top performer in the competition with the Dan Maynard Communications Award for Overall Program Excellence.

With four Awards of Excellence and three Awards of Merit, the Port of Tacoma earned top honors for the second-straight year and for the third time over the past five years.

“As our Port continues to grow, we have made effective communications a top priority with our customers and business partners, with our labor partners, with the transportation and logistics industries and most importantly, with our supporting community,” said Port of Tacoma Commission President Dick Marzano. “The award is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our Communications Department staff.”

For 2007, the Port of Tacoma received the following AAPA communications awards:

— Dan Maynard Communications Award for Overall Program Excellence

— Award of Excellence – Annual Reports: “The Tacoma Advantage”

— Award of Excellence – Periodicals: “Pacific Gateway Magazine”

— Award of Excellence – Videos: “Pierce County Port Report TV Show”

— Award of Excellence – Special Events: “Kaiser Smokestack Demolition”

— Award of Merit – Miscellaneous: “From There to Here: Supply Chain Security Poster”

— Award of Merit – Periodicals: “Pierce County’s Port Report Newsletter”

— Award of Merit – Promotional Literature: “Breakbulk: A Commitment to Our Customers” (to view many of these communications tools, visit the Port’s Web site at http://www.portoftacoma.com and click “publications”).

AAPA’s 41st annual Port Awards luncheon is scheduled for October 3, 2007 in Norfolk, Va. For a complete list of winners, visit the AAPA Web site at http://www.aapa-ports.org .

The American Association of Port Authorities was founded in 1912 and today represents 160 of the leading public port authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. In addition, the Association represents 300 sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with an interest in the seaports of the Western Hemisphere.

AAPA port members are public entities mandated by law to serve public purposes. Port authorities facilitate waterborne commerce and contribute to local, regional and national economic growth.