Longview, Washington – The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has recognized the Port of Longview with three 2017 Communications Competition awards for exemplary work in community outreach and education.
The Port earned an Award of Excellence for its 2016 Sister Cities event, an event that focused on introducing the economic development benefits in Longview to delegates from Wako, Japan. The event included a reception, bringing together economic development leaders and Port customers from the Longview and Kelso area, as well as Wako delegates for an evening of conversation. A tour of Port facilities was also included prior to the reception.
The Port was awarded an Award of Merit Port for its “Look Before you Launch” campaign, a campaign focused on encouraging usage of alternative boat launches while the Willow Grove Boat Launch was being dredged, while also informing community members of the benefits of dredging.
Also awarded to the Port was a second Award of Merit for a photo based exhibit created for Historic Preservation Month. The exhibit honored the Port of Longview's rich history spanning nearly 100 years. The unique series of posters celebrated each decade of the Port starting with the 1920's and were displayed in poster form at the Cowlitz PUD auditorium for public viewing during Longview's History Preservation Month.
“These awards recognize the Ports ability to use creativity and wherewithal to engage with our community about topics we should all care about,” said Port Commissioner Bob Bagaason. “I am very proud of our staff's hard work, as are my fellow Commissioners, with our Port's efforts to stand out among ports across the nation..”
Over 90 entries were judged by 29 professional public relations practitioners from the Washington, D.C. area who cumulatively spent nearly 120 hours over two weeks judging the entries. Along with the results of each entry, judges also included comments praising the Port’s creative use of media, presentation of historic photos and the research done prior to events.