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Kurt J. Nagle

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Kurt Nagle has over 30 years of experience in Washington, DC, related to seaports and international trade. Since 1995, Nagle has served as President and Chief Executive Officer for the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA). Nagle began working at AAPA, the alliance of the leading public port authorities throughout the Western Hemisphere, in 1985. Prior to joining AAPA, Nagle was Director of International Trade for the National Coal Association and Assistant Secretary for the Coal Exporters Association. Previously, he worked in the Office of International Economic Research at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Nagle serves on the Executive Committee of the Propeller Club of the United States and is a former commissioner of PIANC, the International Navigation Congress. Nagle holds a Master's Degree in Economics from George Mason University.

Recent Responses

April 22, 2013 10:59 AM

The short answer to your first question is yes, water resources projects did get unfairly caught up in the earmark ban. There are significant differences between projects that have gone through extensive analysis to determine federal interest, national transportation savings, environmental reviews, etc., compared to the “pet project” earmarks the ban was truly targeted to eliminate

AAPA believes that WRDA should address three key areas that would result in real benefits for the nation. First is bill language that would ensure the federal Harbor Maintenance Tax (HMT) revenues are fully utilized each year. Second is to make the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ study and construction processes more efficient for future channel modernization projects. Third is to get channel modernization projects authorized and constructed to maintain America’s competitive advantage in transportation cost savings that results in domestic job creation and national economic vitality.

More than $1.6 billion in HMT revenue was collected in fiscal year 2012, and the su

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March 25, 2013 10:45 AM

In its 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, released on March 19, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ (ASCE) study included port infrastructure for the first time.

Over the years, ASCE’s reports have been instrumental in showing the need for infrastructure investment and the economic impact of their neglect. Advocating for increased federal investment in seaport related infrastructure—including both the landside and waterside connections—has been a high priority for AAPA for many years. Having a respected third party such as the American Society of Civil Engineers helping to tell this story strengthens the argument for increasing federal investment in port-related infrastructure and builds on reports published previously by groups such as the World Economic Forum, Building America’s Future and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

The seaport transportation infrastructure grade this year is a ‘C’ – which is an average of the infrastructure contained within port authority gates and the conne

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January 28, 2013 11:52 AM

Throughout America and around the globe, seaports are vital hubs for commerce, jobs and trade. So it’s unfortunate that few outside the maritime industry pay much heed to seaports . . . until something happens like a hurricane, flood or labor disagreement that shuts them down.

Halting trade through America’s ports, even briefly, is like cutting off our lifeline. Because international trade is central to our economic well-being and seaports connect us with the rest of the world, keeping them modern, navigable, safe and properly supported is a core priority for the American Association of Port Authorities – and it must be for the nation as well.

To support this claim, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) on Jan. 15 released its full report on the impacts of under-investing in America’s infrastructure, including seaports. The

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December 4, 2012 05:28 PM

The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) welcomes Cong. Bill Shuster as the new House T&I Committee chairman. We look forward to working with him and his committee to advance the priority of ports and freight transportation infrastructure in the national agenda and we’ll be encouraging him to pass a new Water Resources Development Act bill next year before the committee turns its focus to the transportation reauthorization bill.

Thought leaders across the country such as Cong. Shuster and members of his committee generally agree that long-term investments in our nation’s transportation infrastructure are a critical component to our economic vitality. Because worldwide demand for goods continues to grow, countries boasting modern, efficient freight transportation systems will be the ones best able to compete for trade, making their exports less expensive and thus more desirable to international buyers.

Federal investments in seaports … and the land- and water-side infrastructure that connects seaports to highways, railroads and t

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October 15, 2012 11:31 AM

It is imperative that we focus investments on landside and waterside connections to seaports. Failure to recognize the critical role seaports play in the nation’s economy not only impacts America’s ability to remain globally competitive, but also our ability to create high-paying jobs. Increased investment in waterways and seaports by the federal government would create thousands of jobs, result in billions of dollars added to the GDP and ensure a comprehensive transportation system that moves goods efficiently and effectively throughout the United States and beyond.

Recent data supports this argument and the numbers are too significant to ignore. A recent study by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), “Failure to Act: The Economic Impact of Current Investment Trends in Airports, Inland Waterways, and Marine Ports,” found that by 2020, there will be an estimated 738,000 fewer jobs created if the U.S. continues its current level of investment in seaports. By 204

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August 27, 2012 05:32 PM

The focus of the new Freight Policy Council, announced by Secretary LaHood on Aug. 23, is to improve the condition and performance of the nation’s freight network to ensure American competitiveness in the global economy. The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) agrees wholeheartedly with Congresswoman Janice Hahn, founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional PORTS Caucus, who said in response to the announcement that ensuring the rapid and reliable movement of goods across the country is essential to our economy.

If the goals of the Freight Policy Council are to develop a national, intermodal plan for improving the efficiency of freight movement and work with states to encourage deployment of a forward-looking state freight strategy, the success of their work will be borne out in a reduction in the cost of freight transportation, generation of new business opportunities, job creation and making our nation’s exports more attractive overseas.
In the recently-passed MAP-21 bill, AAPA was hoping to see some dedicated freight funding

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August 29, 2011 04:26 PM

Politicians on opposite sides of the aisle in Washington agree on very little these days. One of the very few things on which both Democrats and Republicans generally agree on, however, is that the current condition of our Nation’s transportation infrastructure is not good and needs to be improved. Obviously, disagreement appears very quickly and visibly when the specifics of how much to spend, how to pay for it, what is the federal role, etc., are discussed. But given that most basic mutual recognition that transportation infrastructure is not where it should be, I am optimistic that the authorization and gasoline tax will be extended beyond the current expiration September 30.

But beyond that immediate deadline, several of the points made in Robert Crandall’s response are particularly important to note and further discuss as Congress ponders what to do about reauthorizing the transportation program.

First, his noting that the United States is now ranked #15 in terms of economic competitiveness globally, dropping precipitously from our #1 ranking ju

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