With all presentations at the APP Annual Conference in San Diego last month receiving top marks on our exit survey as well as the numerous requests for speakers’ PowerPoint files, we’re pleased to provide the following video (along with companion PowerPoint file) for your convenience. While we tried our best to capture each presentation, we ran into difficulties once or twice (and some audio may be challenging to hear). Our apologies.

Welcome message from Pete Buttegieg, Secretary of Transportation


U.S. Maritime Administration Activity Update
Presenter: Gus Hein, Gateway Director, Mid-Pacific Region
Mr. Hein provides an update on behalf of himself and Bruce Lambert, Gateway Director, Pacific Northwest & Alaska.
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Keynote Speaker: Don Krusel — Putting Strategy back into Strategic Planning
Most ports create an annual operating budget that is shaped from the port’s “business plan”, that in turn, is intended to reflect the port’s multi-year “strategic plan”.  However, in the annual rush to complete the “planning process”, the strategic direction of an organization can often become blurred, or even misplaced, amid the repetitive and administrative exercise of completing “The Plan”.   Without a clear and sustained focus on “strategy”, any port or organization can fall victim to failure.  While a good “business plan” can support a good organization; a truly great and successful organization stays focused on a bold and courageous “strategy”.
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Federal Infrastructure Grants and Port Toolkit
Presenter: Travis Black, Team Lead, Port Development and Intermodal Planning / Office of Ports and Waterways Planning, U.S. Maritime Administration
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Luncheon Speaker
Frank Colonna, Commissioner, Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, Port of Long Beach
Harbor Commissioner Frank Colonna will discuss cargo volume surges amid emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic at the Port of Long Beach, the second-biggest container port in North America. Commissioner Colonna will provide an update on the Port’s innovative new measures to solve the capacity crunch in the short-term and into the future.
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Infrastructure Planning and Execution: The Long Beach International Gateway Bridge
Speaker: Duane Kenagy, PE, Capital Programs Executive / Port of Long Beach
Capital Programs Executive Duane Kenagy presents an overview of the Port of Long Beach’s capital improvement program, which is among the most robust in the United States. Mr. Kenagy will outline the Port’s remarkable progress in meeting the challenges of modernization and sustainability during a dynamic era of growth in the shipping industry.
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The Environmental Permitting Process
Speakers: Zachary Hughes, President, Salus Resources; Sarah Pautzke, Scientist, Lynker; Theresa Stevens, Senior Project Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Division, Los Angeles District
Lynker’s Sarah Pautzke and Zach Hughes, Salus Resources Inc. are joined by Theresa Stevens, US Army Corps of Engineers to assist in taking the mystery out of the Environmental Permitting Process. Stevens’ presentation — USACE Regulatory 101, Nuts and Bolts — will be a great road map through the Corps’ regulatory permit process, provide relevant information, and help in getting through the permit process efficiently. Pautzke and Hughes, both leaders in supporting clients who are faced with the challenge of meeting requirements of such acts as the Endangered Species Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act, will provide useful and insightful guidance for conference attendees.
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Port Updates
Updates from representatives of the Commonwealth Ports Authority, Port Authority of Guam, Port of Bellingham, Port of Benton, Port of Columbia County, Humboldt Bay Port Authority, and Port of Redwood City as well as Port of Long Beach, Port of Newport, Port of San Diego, Port of Skagit, Port of Stockton and Port of Valdez.


The Next Normal — The State of the Post-COVID Workplace
Speaker: Katie Miller, Director, Human Resources & Administrative Services, Port of Stockton
Katie Miller, Director, Human Resources & Administrative Services, Port of Stockton will provide insights into current issues related to human resources and the pandemic.
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A Word from our Sponsor
Speaker: Dr. Kevin Ware, Commissioner, Port of Skagit
Commissioner Kevin Ware provides an overview of the Port of Skagit and the industries in the Skagit valley that employ hundreds of residents.
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Ports and Climate Resilience
The Port of San Diego is leading this panel presentation and discussion focused on how ports can build resiliency into key infrastructure projects to address climate change.

  • Dr. Clarissa Anderson, Executive Director, Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System / Scripps Institution of Oceanography
  • Eileen Maher, Director, Environmental Conservation including Aquaculture and Blue Technology / Port of San Diego (Download PowerPoint slides – pdf)
  • Jason C. Golumbfskie-Jones, PE, N40, Commander / Navy Installations Command, Southwest (Download PowerPoint slides – pdf)
  • Jason H. Giffen, Vice President, Planning & Environment / Port of San Diego (Moderator)
  • Shalini Vajjhala, PhD, Executive Director / San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center

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Economic Valuation and Guidance for Ports and Port Projects
Speakers: Kate Quigley, Natural Resource Economist / Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Lauren Knapp, Ph.D., Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Following up on our hugely successful webinar, Kate and Lauren will provide attendees with a shortened economic guidance training with specific focus on sourcing economic data and providing examples helpful in conducting economic valuation for ports specifically.
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Port Digitization
Speaker: Kris English, Chief Innovation Officer / PortLink
Port Authorities around the world recognize that innovation is keys to remaining competitive and that Digitization is a significant innovation trend that has been proven to increase efficiency, safety, security and environmental sustainability. This presentation will highlight PortLink’s global experience with Port Digitization including the challenges, benefits and seeks to open a conversation for APP members to give their views on the ongoing digitalization process currently underway in our maritime sector.
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MARAD Town Hall: Ports and the Maritime Industry — Looking to the Future

  • Frank Colonna, Commissioner, Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners / Port of Long Beach
  • Kristin Decas, Chief Executive Officer / Port of Hueneme
  • Gus Hein, Gateway Director, Mid-Pacific Region / U.S. Maritime Administration (Moderator)
  • Michael LaFleur, Vice President, Maritime Services / Port of San Diego
  • Larry Oetker, Executive Director / Port of Humboldt Bay

The US Department of Transportation is dedicated to helping build America’s economy and infrastructure back better. In doing so, the Department is focusing on Safety, Economic Strength & Modernization, Equity, Climate & Sustainability, Transformation, and Organizational Excellence to get the job done. With that in mind, and as we look at a post-pandemic environment, what does the future look like for ports in the maritime industry? This includes topics such as maritime operations, the maritime supply chain, and land and portside infrastructure needs, including equipment.  Moderated by MARAD, this panel will have an open discussion about the future of ports and the maritime industry and engage in a question and answer period with attendees.

Moving Goods for the Good of People: U.S. Humanitarian Aid Logistics in the Pacific
Speaker: John Lemieux, Director, Strategic Accounts and Government Services / Matson Logistics
John Lemieux, provides insights into the efforts of Matson in ensuring humanitarian aid gets to where its needed.
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