Ports of Indiana to receive two international communications awards

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[June 30, 2015]

INDIANAPOLIS – The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA), a trade association representing leading port authorities throughout the Western Hemisphere, announced today that the Ports of Indiana will receive two Communications Awards this fall at AAPA’s 104th Annual Convention in Miami.

An Award of Excellence was received for the quarterly magazine, “Portside.” The magazine features new developments at Indiana’s ports and potential business opportunities for multimodal industries in the Midwest. Free subscriptions are available at www.portsofindiana.com. This is the fourth consecutive year the magazine has won this award. In addition, the 2014 Indiana Logistics Directory received an Award of Distinction. The Directory celebrates Indiana’s advantage as “The Crossroads of America” and showcases business listings, state rankings and regional maps for the freight transportation industry. The 2015 Directory is now available at www.indianalogistics.com.

“It’s very gratifying to be recognized alongside some of the largest coastal ports by the AAPA for the time, effort and energy our staff commits to these two publications,” said Rich Cooper, CEO for the Ports of Indiana. “They have been extremely successful in communicating our state’s maritime significance, the vitality of Indiana’s logistics industry and taking an inside look at the business successes at our three ports. We always enjoy telling Indiana’s story as an interior state with a great business environment and the best of all worlds in this global economy-Great Lakes connectivity to the Atlantic Ocean, the Ohio River’s connectivity to the Gulf of Mexico, robust connections with short line and Class I railroads and the most pass-through interstates in the country.”

AAPA selected 25 ports for exemplary communications projects from 126 entries in 15 classifications. The association utilized 46 professional public relations practitioners from the Washington, D.C. area to judge entries ranging from advertisements and periodicals to videos and websites.

“When port authorities communicate strategically with their many audiences, including their communities, business leaders and policymakers, they’re better able to show their tremendous value as drivers of economic development, environmental enhancement and job creation,” said Kurt Nagle, AAPA’s president and CEO. “This competition helps our member ports by rewarding effective communications and highlighting best practices and lessons learned.”

The Port of Los Angeles will receive the Dan Maynard Communications Award for Overall Excellence, which is bestowed upon the port with the highest overall scoring entry.

Founded in 1912, AAPA today represents 135 of the leading port 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 ports.

About the Port of Indiana
The Ports of Indiana is a statewide port authority operating three ports on the Ohio River and Lake Michigan. Established in 1961, the Ports of Indiana is a self-funded enterprise dedicated to growing Indiana’s economy by developing and maintaining a world-class port system. For more information, visit www.portsofindiana.com.

Media contact: Rich Allen, 317.232.9204, rallen@portsofindiana.com