"Port Politics: Finding Common Ground Between 
Ports and Surrounding Communities"

Thursday, May 28, 2015
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Portland International Airport (PDX) Conference Center

Portland, Oregon USA


It's not too late to join us for APP's timely seminar on political issues facing Pacific ports. Find common ground with surrounding communities on vital economic growth as well as safety. Learn how to effectively communicate your port's benefits to communities during times of controversial projects. Find out the most effective avenues for your constituents' voices to be heard. 


There will also be plentiful time to learn what's new at other ports and network with colleagues - all in beautiful Portland, Oregon!


Who Should Attend:

  • Port Commissioners
  • Port Community/Public/Government Relations, Planning, and Administrative Staff
  • Port-related Businesses
Guest Speakers:
  • Pat McCormick, Partner, AM:PM PR - Discussing effective listening, messaging, and the rapidly changing communications channels connecting ports and the communities they serve 
  • John Horvick, Vice President & Political Director, DHM ResearchDiscussing voter attitudes on port issues and how to develop methods for navigating hot topics
  • Dave Van Rensburg, Ports & Harbors Practice Leader,
    Hatch Mott MacDonald - Finding common ground between ports, communities, and government entities from an engineering firm's perspective
  • Molly Harbarger, Reporter, the Oregonian - Discussing how a newsroom works, how port stories are chosen, and an overview of good and bad source relationships
  • Brooke Berglund, Community Affairs Tour & Outreach Manager, Port of PortlandDiscussing outreach and communication from a port's perspective
  • Todd Chase, Principal and Economist, FCS GroupDiscussing the economic benefits of Pacific ports in terms that the public and decision-makers can understand
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Know someone else who'd like to go? Perhaps a community or government relations staff member at your port? Forward this invitation to a colleague!
The seminar takes place right inside the PDX Airport Conference Center -
so you can fly in and out the same day. If you're driving, the Port of Portland will validate your parking. 

Continental breakfast, lunch, refreshments, and networking opportunities with Pacific port colleagues are included.

Located on PDX's main terminal mezzanine level above the Oregon Market, the Conference Center is easily accessible from all airline gates. Look for the stairs by the clock tower.

Parking Information:
Click here for more information on parking. If you're driving, the Port of Portland will validate your parking. 

Public Transportation Information:
Much of Portland, including downtown, is accessible from the airport via the MAX light rail network. Please visit

Who Should Attend:

  • Port Commissioners
  • Port Community/Public/Government Relations, Planning,
    Administrative Staff
  • Port-related Businesses

    Registration Rates:

    APP Member: $275, Non-Member: $375


    Available Sponsorships:
    • $250 Bronze
    • $500 Silver 
    • $1000 Gold

    Our valued sponsors receive recognition with:  

    • Logos on the Seminar Poster & in the Seminar Program
    • Recognition in all newsletters and Seminar mailings prior to and after the Seminar
    • Option to include information or promotional items in Seminar bags and verbal recognition at the specific event being sponsored
    • Sponsorships of $1,000 and higher also receive podium time to speak to the attendees at the event being sponsored, if so desired.

    Sponsorships can be confirmed during online registration or by calling us at (503) 653-5868.

    Special Thanks to our Seminar Sponsors:
    Save the dates for APP's Annual Conference in Taiwan
    Please join us for APP's 102nd Annual Conference in beautiful Kaohsiung, Taiwan hosted by Taiwan International Ports Corporation at the amazing Grand Hi-Lai Hotel on August 16-19, 2015
    Online registration will begin following the May 28th seminar!

    Take home valuable information that will benefit your port or business. There will be plentiful networking time to learn what's new and build stronger partnerships with your Pacific port colleagues. Your companion is welcome to join you in Kaohsiung to experience the unique splendor and hospitality of Taiwan. In addition to Conference events, you and your companion will enjoy tours of culturally-relevant and scenic locations.

    Our conference venue, the Grand Hi-Lai Hotel, towers over Kaohsiung International Harbor offering a breathtaking view, state-of-the-art conference facilities, and plenty of nearby attractions.

    Stay tuned to for updated information on registration, travel information, guest speakers, and more.
    Your APP 2014-15 Executive Committee:


    President: Tai-Hsin Lee, Taiwan International Ports Corp., Kaohsiung, Taiwan
    First Vice President: Mary Anne Rooney, Port of Hueneme, California USA
    Second Vice President: Elizabeth Blanchard, Port of Stockton, California USA
    Third Vice President: Claire Poumele, American Samoa Dept. of Port Administration, American Samoa
    Past President: Bob Bagaason, Port of Longview, Washington USA

    Regional Representatives:

    Kuo-Ming Chang, Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Taiwan
    Dick Dodge, Port of Redwood City, California USA
    Tracy Egoscue, Port of Long Beach, California USA
    Timothy Kernaghan, Port Authority of Guam, Guam
    Robert Larson, Port of Benton, Washington USA
    Kim B. Puzey, Port of Umatilla, Oregon USA

    At Large Representative:

    Patrick Trapp, Port of St. Helens, Oregon USA

    Please feel free to contact your APP staff with any questions, concerns, or requests:

    Lisa Pomasl, Executive Director:

    Brian Wright, Operations Manager:

    Kersten Green, Administrative Assistant

    Telephone: 503.653.5868
    Fax: 503.654.8259


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