Ports of Indiana to receive three international communications awards


[July 19, 2017]

INDIANAPOLIS – The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) has announced that the Ports of Indiana will receive three awards in its 51st annual Communications Awards program, including the top honor for directory publications. AAPA is a trade association representing 130 of the leading port authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean. A total of 81 awards will be presented to 25 ports at AAPA’s 106th annual convention in Long Beach, Calif., Oct. 1-4.

The Ports of Indiana was the only port authority to earn an “Award of Excellence” in the category of directories and handbooks for its statewide logistics guide – the Indiana Logistics Directory. This is the second year in a row the Directory has won this award. Ports of Indiana also received “Awards of Merit” for Portside magazine and the website

“It’s an honor to have our communications efforts recognized alongside the largest ports in the Western Hemisphere,” said Rich Cooper, CEO for the Ports of Indiana. “Indiana has a great story to tell when it comes to our state’s nationally-recognized pro-business environment, our two navigable waterways, our multi-billion-dollar maritime economy and our network of ports that is truly North America’s premier inland port system. Our team takes great pride in promoting our ports and communicating the unique value Indiana can offer businesses by being able to handle global shipments in the heartland of the country.”

For 14 years, the Ports of Indiana has produced the Indiana Logistics Directory, which is the single most comprehensive source regarding Indiana logistics information and serves as a professional guide promoting the Midwest’s transportation, distribution and related resources to local, national and international markets. Portside magazine is the organization’s regular newsletter that announces new projects at Indiana’s ports and details services that port businesses can offer to multimodal companies. The Ports of Indiana website features detailed information about the state’s unique port system and flyover videos of all three of Indiana’s ports, as well as in-depth information about cargoes, port businesses and available industrial sites. To receive a free copy of Portside or the Indiana Logistics Directory, contact Lauren Edsall at 317-232-9205 or

“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 award program’s submissions were judged by public relations professionals in the Washington, D.C. area who cumulatively spent nearly 120 hours over two weeks judging 15 classifications of entries, ranging from advertisements and periodicals to videos and websites.

About the Ports of Indiana: The Ports of Indiana is a statewide port authority managing 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. Information: Follow us on Twitter: @PortsofIndiana.

About the AAPA: Founded in 1912, AAPA today represents 130 of the leading port authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and more than 200 sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with an interest in ports. Information:


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