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Events: Eno Center for Transportation, Bellingham, Los Angeles

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AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle will speak as part of an upcoming panel at the Eno Center for Transportation’s daylong forum to discuss "Lessons Learned and Implications for World Commerce" in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 19. The Port of Bellingham and the Alaska Marine Highway System are celebrating the Alaska Marine Highway’s 50th Anniversary with a major event at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal featuring a public open house aboard the MV Kennicott, a travel and trade show featuring Alaska communities, kids’ activities, cake and live music. In Los Angeles, Mayor Eric Garcetti will be the keynote luncheon speaker at the fourth annual PortTechEXPO 2013 on Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Eno to Host Sept. 19 Forum on Panama Canal Expansion

The Eno Center for Transportation will host a daylong forum on Thursday, Sept. 19, in Washington, D.C., to discuss critical issues surrounding the expansion of the Panama Canal. The event, "Lessons Learned and Implications for World Commerce," will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the West Ballroom of the Renaissance Washington, D.C., Downtown Hotel (999 Ninth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001). In addition to AAPA President and CEO Kurt Nagle, who will speak as part of the panel, "Implications for Ports and Railroads," that begins at 2:30 p.m., representatives from the Panama Canal Authority and the Embassy of Panama will address how the expansion will directly impact the Panamanian economy and its people. 

The Honorable Sean Connaughton, Virginia’s transportation secretary, and William P. Doyle, commissioner for the Federal Maritime Commission, will also speak. Although general admission is $75, Eno members and government and public sector employees are admitted free. For more information or to register, click here.

Ferry Tours and Travel Show Mark Alaska Marine Highway 50th Anniversary Event

The Port of Bellingham and the Alaska Marine Highway System are celebrating the Alaska Marine Highway’s 50th Anniversary with a major event at the Bellingham Cruise Terminal on Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 50th Anniversary celebration will include a public open house aboard the MV Kennicott, a travel and trade show featuring Alaska communities, kids’ activities, cake and live music.

"This is a great way to explore the ferry and learn more about visiting Alaska," said Port of Bellingham Commission President Jim Jorgensen. "The Alaska ferry is an important part of our community, and we are so pleased that Bellingham serves as their lower mainland port."

The M/V Kennicott will be in port for an open house where visitors may tour the bridge, dine onboard and visit the gift shop to purchase 50th Anniversary memorabilia. Representatives of communities visited by the ferry will be in the terminal for an Alaska Travel & Trade Show to share with guests all there is to do in Alaska.

The Travel & Trade Show will include visiting tourism representatives from Dutch Harbor, Haines, Homer, Juneau, Ketchikan, Kodiak, Sitka, Unalaska, and Wrangell. There also will be tourism representatives from the Alaska Marine Highway System, Un-Cruise Adventures, Bellingham Whatcom County Tourism, and the McDowell Group.

Originally the Alaska Marine Highway System had its southern port in Seattle, not Bellingham. But a countywide multi-year lobbying effort successfully attracted the ferry service to Bellingham. On October 3, 1989, more than 1,000 people welcomed the arrival of the Alaska Ferry to the Port of Bellingham’s newly constructed Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven.

PortTech Los Angeles to Feature L.A. Mayor, FMC Chairman 

Organized by PortTech Los Angeles, the event focuses on connecting the business community, entrepreneurs and investors to explore new environmental, energy, transportation and security technology innovations and solutions for the maritime industry and beyond. 
 
Kicking off the event will be Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) Chairman Mario Cordero. Cordero was appointed as FMC Chairman by President Barack Obama in April 2013. Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino will also be among the speakers, and lead the Clean Tech-Cool Tech afternoon segment of the event.
 
"Generating green jobs and creating a more environmentally friendly Los Angeles is vitally important to our future," said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. "PortTech Los Angeles is a great opportunity for business and government to explore how they can work together to achieve our goals of a clean and prosperous city, region and world."
 
This year’s conference, themed "Global Technology Solutions for Ports and Beyond," will feature dozens of technology exhibitors, live demonstrations of sustainable products and services, and interactive displays. An Entrepreneur Pitch Competition takes place the day before the EXPO and culminates during the EXPO luncheon when the awards are announced. The Top 10 Pitch Competition finalists will also be EXPO exhibitors, with the winning pitch presented during the luncheon. 
 
PortTech Los Angeles is a non-profit business incubator focused on fostering new and clean technology for potential use at the San Pedro Bay port complex. Initially established as a collaboration of the City of Los Angeles, the Port of Los Angeles and the San Pedro and Wilmington Chambers of Commerce, Port Tech Los Angeles produced its first expo in 2010. 
 

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