Jul 19 2016

Virginia Zimmermann
Marketing and Public Relations Manager
Office 941-722-6621
Cell 941-932-1006

PALMETTO, Fla. – Port Manatee’s 2016 official directory has been selected to receive an award of excellence in the American Association of Port Authorities’ 50th annual communications awards competition.

“We are very pleased to be chosen to receive this prestigious award,” said Carlos Buqueras, Port Manatee’s executive director. “It proves Port Manatee is using the right marketing tools to reinforce its value as a major driver of the Manatee County economy.”

The 2016 AAPA communications awards program relied upon the expertise of a panel of 48 professional public relations practitioners from the Washington area who, over the course of three weeks, judged hundreds of entries in 15 classifications, ranging from advertisements and periodicals to videos and websites.

The award of excellence is the highest of three levels of honors bestowed.

The award is scheduled to be presented Oct. 26 during AAPA’s 105th annual convention, to be held in New Orleans. Founded in 1912, AAPA today represents 130 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and more than 200 sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with an interest in seaports.

Port Manatee annually publishes an official directory featuring port facts and specifications, recent port developments and initiatives and news about new and existing tenants and customers. It gives readers an overview of the port’s assets, infrastructure and intermodal capabilities and provides up-to-date information about current and future projects. The directory highlights port tenants and customers and includes a comprehensive business directory for companies doing business with the port.

The directory is available on Port Manatee’s website – at www.portmanatee.com – and a print copy may be ordered by contacting the port’s communications department.
Located “Where Tampa Bay Meets the Gulf of Mexico,” Port Manatee is the closest U.S. deepwater seaport to the expanded Panama Canal and Cuba’s Port of Mariel, with 10 40-foot-draft berths serving container, bulk, breakbulk, heavylift, project and general cargo customers. The port generates more than $2.3 billion in annual economic impact for the local community, while supporting more than 24,000 jobs, without levying ad-valorem taxes.

Port Manatee’s 2016 Official Directory was honored with
an Award of Excellence in the American Association of Port Authorities
Communications Awards competition.