SAN PEDRO, Calif. — July 26, 2010 — The Port of Los Angeles has earned three 2010 American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) awards, excelling in the areas of Information Technology, Communications and Environmental Management.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the AAPA for outstanding work in these diverse  categories,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Geraldine Knatz, Ph.D. “I know the great work that is done day in and day out by our entire team, but it’s wonderful to get national recognition from our industry peers.”

The Port was recognized in the Information Technology category for its Enterprise Geographic Information System Project, GeoPOLA, which is a $1.9 million undertaking that integrates legacy and modern GIS systems, static and dynamic data, and multiple platforms that consolidate multiple divisional efforts and overcomes significant organizational challenges covering more than 7,500 acres.

The Port also received the AAPA 2010 Dan Maynard Communications Award for Overall Excellence, which is bestowed on the port earning the most award points in AAPA's Communications Awards Program competition. The Port won in the areas of advertising, audio, publications, special events and social media. The Port’s Communications team received honors for a dozen projects, including the Steppin' Back in Time historical audio tour, TransPORTer mobile education exhibit, and 12th Annual Lobster Festival. This is the third time the Port has won the prestigious Dan Maynard Award in five years.

The ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach jointly received an honorable mention in the Environmental Management category for the Water Resources Action Plan (WRAP), a coordinated effort aimed at targeting remaining water and sediment pollution sources in San Pedro Bay.

About the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA)
Founded in 1912, AAPA today represents 160 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and more than 300 sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with an interest in seaports. As a critical link for access to the global marketplace, each year, Western Hemisphere seaports generate trillions of dollars of economic activity, support the employment of millions of people and, in 2008, imported and exported more than 7.8 billion tons of cargo, valued at $8.6 trillion, including food, clothing, medicine, fuel and building materials, as well as consumer electronics and toys. The volume of cargo shipped by water is expected to dramatically increase by 2020 and the number of passengers traveling through our seaports will continue to grow. To meet these demands, the AAPA and its members are committed to keeping seaports navigable, secure and sustainable.

About the Port of Los Angeles
The Port of Los Angeles is America’s premier port and has a strong commitment to developing innovative strategic and sustainable operations that benefit the economy as well as the quality of life for the region and the nation it serves.  As the leading seaport in North America in terms of shipping container volume and cargo value, the Port generates 919,000 regional jobs and $39.1 billion in annual wages and tax revenues.  A proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles, the Port is self-supporting and does not receive taxpayer dollars. The Port of Los Angeles – A cleaner port.  A brighter future.