Capital Projects Seminar

Capital Projects Seminar
Hosted by the Virginia Port Authority (VPA), AAPA’s 2018 Capital Projects Seminar is designed to reward port economic development professionals with new knowledge, skills, ideas and resources to research, plan, develop and market new land/facility improvements and other capital projects. This seminar will provide different perspectives on bringing projects to fruition, as well as innovative ideas for marketing and promotion to attract new tenants, customers, funding partners and community goodwill.

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 Elective Program

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***If you have any questions about event registration, please contact Ms. Johonna Nuby at (703) 684-5700 or***

Hotel Information:
Sheraton Norfolk Waterside
777 Waterside Drive
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: (757) 622-6664
Room Rate: $149.00 single/double
Room Block Cut-Off Date: Extended to April 24, 2018

***A limited number of hotel rooms have been reserved, so please make your hotel arrangements early.***
5/8/2018 - 5/9/2018
Sheraton Norfolk Waterside
777 Waterside Dr
Norfolk, VA 23510

Event Pricing

ItemReg. ClassPrice
Seminar RegistrationMember1025.00
Seminar RegistrationNon Member1200.00



Tuesday, 08 May 2018

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
8:30 AM
Every project needs a plan and every plan needs research to back it up, whether it’s an asphalt overlay, acquisition of additional real estate, or a major terminal development. Hear from noted planning and research experts on best practices for success, and a few bad practices that can have seriously negative consequences. Speakers include Pierce Homer, Moffatt & Nichol and Thomas A. Ward, WSP.
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
8:45 AM
What’s happening on issues related to port real estate acquisition and development? What’s true in the U.S. isn’t necessary the same elsewhere. In this session, hear from recognized experts on industrial property purchasing, expansion, leasing and sales, both in the U.S. and beyond. Speakers include: Lang Williams of CBRE and Gregg Christoffersen of Jones Lang LaSalle.
10:45 AM - 12:15 PM
10:45 AM
From community objections, to environmental challenges and encroaching gentrification, ports have their hands full in trying to build-out their operations, expand their cargo base and attract new customers in their effort to remain competitive. Session panelists will discuss examples of projects in which they’ve faced what seemed like insurmountable obstacles, then found solutions that got them back on track. Speakers include: Scott Shepard, Canaveral Port Authority; Edward Anthes-Washburn, Port of New Bedford; and Heather Wood, Dewberry.
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
1:30 PM
By their nature, most ports are multimodal industrial complexes that may not be considered “neighborhood-friendly,” especially in large urban environments. But some ports have broken this mold by offering retail, commercial, entertainment and other options that are both profitable and seen as an asset to the people who live and work in the community. Hear examples from several successful ports that have found the key to ingratiating themselves to their community’s residents. Speakers include: Terrie Battuello, Port of Everett and Franc Pigna, Aegir Port Property Advisers.
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
3:30 PM
Sponsored by WSP
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
5:30 PM

Wednesday, 09 May 2018

Say your port needs to mitigate for wetlands development, find a new disposal site for dredge material, add solar panels to help reduce fossil fuel pollution or clean up a former brownfield property. While these projects can be expensive, they may also become cash-flow generators when completed. Learn from ports that have successfully turned environmental projects into new lines of business. Speakers include: Matt Arms,  Port of Long Beach and Nicholas LaPointe, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority.
8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
8:30 AM
To maintain and grow their market share, ports must be competitive, both internationally and domestically. But the high costs of developing and maintaining first-rate infrastructure can complicate a port’s meeting its goals. Learn from ports that have forged reciprocal cooperation and partnership agreements how joining forces and combining resources are helping them embark on new capital projects to overcome some of their competitive challenges. Speakers include: Andy Hecker, PortMiami and Dakota Chamberlain, Northwest Seaport Alliance.
10:15 AM - 12:00 PM
10:15 AM
Opportunities For Winning USDOT Infrastructure Grants: This luncheon session focuses on how ports can tap into billions of dollars in new money available for federal U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) grants. Congress’ first year response to the President’s call for more infrastructure investment includes significant new funds for USDOT grant programs like BUILD, INFRA and Marine Highways. Panelists will also touch on how ports can access new BUILD planning grant funding and their state’s formula funds. Learn how your port can benefit.  Speakers: Robert Mariner, Deputy Director of the Office of Infrastructure Finance and Innovation, Office of the Secretary Office of Policy, U.S. Department of Transportation and K. Scott Davies, Director, Office of Ports and Waterways Planning, Maritime Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation.
11:45 AM - 1:15 PM
11:45 AM
A surge in private capital investment includes many P3s, in which public-sector partners work with private companies to share the risks and responsibilities of delivering infrastructure projects. When the private sector allies with state and local leaders to address their growing infrastructure needs, they bring to the table capital, specialized project expertise, and cost-saving ideas and innovations.  Discussion facilitators are from Nossaman, LLP.
1:15 PM - 3:00 PM
1:15 PM
You are researching, planning or constructing your project and you need to attract tenants, customers, and/or funding partners.  You are working to receive permitting approvals, community support and favorable publicity.  After learning what has worked well at other ports in terms of stakeholder engagement (marketing, promotion, and awareness programs) that have helped ports reach their development, financial, public acceptance and sustainability goals, you will work with other port industry colleagues to create an engagement strategy.  Facilitators include: Shannon McLeod, WSP and Cathie Vick, Virginia Port Authority
3:15 PM - 5:00 PM
3:15 PM

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Attendee Roster

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Barney Allison, Esq.Nossaman, LLPPartner(202) 887-1400ballison@nossaman.comALLISON, BARNEY18CAPITAL
Mr. Edward C. Anthes-WashburnPort of New BedfordExecutive Director(508) 961-3000ewashburn@newbedford-ma.govANTHES-WASHBURN, EDWARD18CAPITAL
Mr. Matthew ArmsPort of Long BeachActing Director of Environmental Planning(562) 283-7100matthew.arms@polb.comARMS, MATTHEW18CAPITAL
Mrs. Terrie Battuello, CEcDPort of EverettChief of Business & Economic Development(425) 259-3164terrieb@portofeverett.comBATTUELLO, TERRIE18CAPITAL
Ms. Andrée Blais, Esq.Nossaman, LLPPartner(213) 612-7817ablais@nossaman.comBLAIS, ANDREE18CAPITAL
Mr. Robert BouchardU.S. Maritime Administration, Office of Port Infrastructure DevelopmentDirector(202) 366-5076robert.bouchard@dot.govBOUCHARD, ROBERT18CAPITAL
Mr. Shant BoyajianNossaman, LLPAssociate(202) 887-1400sboyajian@nossaman.comBOYAJIAN, SHANT18CAPITAL
Mr. William G. BrodyProvport Inc.General Counsel(401) 781-4717wgbesq@aol.comBRODY, WILLIAM18CAPITAL
Mr. Lester CartwrightVirgin Islands Port AuthorityAssistant Executive Director(340) 774-1629dcartwright@viport.comCARTWRIGHT, LESTER18CAPITAL
Mr. Dakota Chamberlain, PPMThe Northwest Seaport AllianceChief Facilities Development Officer(253) 592-6734dchamberlain@nwseaportalliance.comCHAMBERLAIN, DAKOTA18CAPITAL
Mr. Gregg E. ChristoffersenJones Lang LaSalleAssociate Director, GREGG18CAPITAL
Mr. Thomas J. CollinsCollins Engineers, Inc.Executive Chairman(312) 704-9300tjcollins@collinsengr.comCOLLINS, THOMAS18CAPITAL
Mr. Scott DaviesU.S. Dept. of Transportation-MARADDirector of the Office of Ports and Waterways Planning(202) 366-0951Scott.Davies@dot.govDAVIES, SCOTT18CAPITAL
Ms. Cynthia DíezCardiso, Ltda.Gerente Traductor, CYNTHIA18CAPITAL
Ms. Margaret Kaigh DoyleEagle LNG PartnersSr. Manager, Business Development, Marine margaretdoyle@eaglelng.comDOYLE, MARGARET18CAPITAL
Mr. James DubeaTranSystems CorporationVice President, Ports and Marine(757) 627-1112jadubea@transystems.comDUBEA, JAMES18CAPITAL
Mr. Aaron E. Ellis, APR, Fellow PRSAAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesDirector of Public Affairs(703) 706-4714aellis@aapa-ports.orgELLIS, AARON18CAPITAL
Mr. Marvin ForbesVirgin Islands Port AuthorityGoverning Board Member(340) 774-1629mforbes@viport.comFORBES, MARVIN18CAPITAL
Mr. Blair Garcia, PPMWSPV.P., U.S. Director - Maritime Div.(757) 466-9671blair.garcia@wsp.comGARCIA, BLAIR18CAPITAL
Ms. Allison GirdMoffatt & Nichol (757) 628-8222agird@moffattnichol.comGIRD, ALLISON18CAPITAL
Mr. Joseph M. Greco, Sr.Ports America  joe.greco@portsamerica.comGRECO, JOSEPH18CAPITAL
Ms. Catherine HaleMcLaren Engineering GroupEngineer(914) 353-6400chale@mgmclaren.comHALE, CATHERINE18CAPITAL
Mr. Thomas HallMaryland Port AdministrationCapital Program Manager(410) 633-1149thall5@marylandports.comHALL, THOMAS18CAPITAL
Mr. Andy HeckerPortMiamiChief of Financial Performance & Strategic Mgmt(305) 371-7678Andy.Hecker@miamidade.govHECKER, ANDY18CAPITAL
Mr. Ronnie HicksPort of Port Arthur Navigation DistrictDirector of Operations(409) 983-2029rhicks@portpa.comHICKS, RONNIE18CAPITAL
Mr. Pierce HomerMoffatt & NicholTransportation Director(804) 840-1538 cellPHomer@moffattnichol.comHOMER, PIERCE18CAPITAL
Mr. Tom HranacAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesAsst. Director of Membership Services & Latin Am Facilitator(703) 706-4708thranac@aapa-ports.orgHRANAC, TOM18CAPITAL
Mr. Ram Kancharla, PPMPort Tampa BayVice President, Planning & Dev.(813) 905-5162rkancharla@tampaport.comKANCHARLA, RAM18CAPITAL
Duncan KoppJacobsPort Planner(904) 636-5432Duncan.Kopp@jacobs.comKOPP, DUNCAN18CAPITAL
Mr. Nicholas LaPointePort of ClevelandDirector, Planning & Capital Development(216) 241-8004nicholas.lapointe@portofcleveland.comLAPOINTE, NICHOLAS18CAPITAL
Ms. Hong LinThe Port Authority of New York & New JerseyProject Manager(212) 435-4218hlin@panynj.govLIN, HONG18CAPITAL
Ms. Sonya Lopez-SosaPort Corpus ChristiChief of Program Management(361) 885-6607sonya@pocca.comLOPEZ-SOSA, SONYA18CAPITAL
Mr. Robert A. MarinerUS Department of Transportation Office of the Secretary Deputy Director, Office of Infrastructure Finance and Innovation robert.mariner@dot.govMARINER, ROBERT18CAPITAL
Dr. Alberto MarquezLamar University Center for Advances in Port Mgmt  alberto.marquez@lamar.eduMARQUEZ, ALBERTO18CAPITAL
Mr. Fernando Martinez, R.A, A.I.A.The Port Authority of New York & New JerseySenior Program Manager, Port Department Port Redevelopment(973) 578-4507famartin@panynj.govMARTINEZ, FERNANDO18CAPITAL
Ms. Shannon McLeodWSPSenior Planner - Maritime Division(757) 459-4708Shannon.mcleod@wsp.comMCLEOD, SHANNON18CAPITAL
Mr. Milton MerrittPort of PensacolaBusiness & Economic Development Manager(850) 436-5074cmerritt@portofpensacola.comMERRITT, MILTON18CAPITAL
Ms. Jayme MorrisU.S. Dept of Homeland Security - CBPDirector, Portfolio Branch jayme.morris@dhs.govMORRIS, JAYME18CAPITAL
Ms. Lindsay MulgrewPhilaPortManager - Budget & Grant Programs(215) 426-2600lmulgrew@philaport.comMULGREW, LINDSAY18CAPITAL
Mr. Kurt J. NagleAmerican Association of Port AuthoritiesPresident(703) 684-5700knagle@aapa-ports.orgNAGLE, KURT18CAPITAL
Ms. Barbara NelsonRichmond Regional TPO (202) 366-1261bnelson@richmondregional.orgNELSON, BARBARA18CAPITAL
Mr. Brian Papernik, Esq.Nossaman, LLPPartner(202) 887-1400bpapernik@nossaman.comPAPERNIK, BRIAN18CAPITAL
Ms. Anna PennVirgin Islands Port AuthorityChief Financial Officer(340) PENN, ANNA18CAPITAL
Mr. Franc J. PignaAegir Port Property AdvisersManaging Director(305) 529-2281pigna@aegirports.comPIGNA, FRANC18CAPITAL
Ms. Emily RhodesIllinois Int'l Port District - The Port of ChicagoCommunity Specialist- Delta Institute(517) 862-6400erhodes@delta-institute.orgRHODES, EMILY18CAPITAL
Ms. Sarhea Rigby    RIGBY, SARHEA18CAPITAL
Ms. Leslie D. Ruta, MAccPort Corpus ChristiRevenue Accountant(361) 882-5633Leslie@pocca.comRUTA, LESLIE18CAPITAL
Simon Santiago, Esq.Nossaman, LLPPartner(202) 887-1400ssantiago@nossaman.comSANTIAGO, SIMON18CAPITAL
Mr. Thomas SaundersPorts AmericaDirector of Government Affairs(202) 213-3272Thomas.saunders@portsamerica.comSAUNDERS, THOMAS18CAPITAL
Mr. Scott Shepard, CCIMCanaveral Port AuthorityDirector - Real Estate(321) 783-7831 x261sshepard@portcanaveral.comSHEPARD, SCOTT18CAPITAL