OIPCB Earns Award of Excellence in AAPA’s 2017 Communications Competition

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Oregon International Port of Coos Bay


For Immediate Release: August 29, 2017

OIPCB Earns Award of Excellence in AAPA’s 2017 Communications Competition

COOS Bay, Or. – The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (OIPCB) will be recognized with 25 other seaports for exemplary communications projects and programs by the American Association of Port of Authorities (AAPA). Winning entrants in AAPA’s 51st annual Communications Awards Program will be recognized at an Oct. 4 awards luncheon in conjunction with AAPA’s 106th Annual Convention in Long Beach, Calif., which runs October 1-4th.

The 2017 AAPA Communications Awards Program, which had a May 1 deadline for entries, utilized 29 professional public relations practitioners from the Washington, D.C. area who cumulatively spent nearly 120 hours over two weeks judging the 15 classifications of entries, ranging from advertisements and periodicals to videos and websites. The highest scoring entry in each port budget category (Category 1, 2, and 3) receives the Overall Award of Communications Excellence. Scores between 90 and 100 receive an Award of Excellence, while scores between 80 and 90 receive an Award of Distinction, and scores between 70 and 80 receive an Award of Merit. There was a total of 93 entries.

OIPCB is a Category 2 port and entered under the classification of Special Events for the Coos Bay rail line Railroad Centennial held from August 5-7th, 2016. This event celebrated 100 years of the Coos Bay rail line highlighting the rail line’s history, the region’s culture, and the current economic impact of the rail line to the community.  OIPCB received an overall average score of 97, earning an Award of Excellence in AAPA’s Communications Competition. OIPCB was one of only 18 recipients who earned an Award of Excellence.

“Ports play an integral role in the economic development of their region and part of that role is to tell the story of the Port to our community, business leaders and policy makers. The Coos Bay rail line Railroad Centennial was a platform for us to celebrate this region’s history with our community as well as look towards further economic development in the future,” says John Burns, OIPCB CEO. “We want to thank the AAPA for recognizing these efforts, the stakeholders made this event possible, and to all the attendees who came and celebrated with us.”

OIPCB will continue to make consistent and clear communication a top priority as we move towards sustainable economic development in the region and state.



For additional media information, please contact:

Fiona Bai, Marketing and Media Specialist, Port of Coos Bay

Phone: 541.267.7678 | E-mail: fbai@portofcoosbay.com