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Port of Longview communications team

Ashley Helenberg, left, and Dan Polacek, right, of the Port of Longview communications team hold the American Association of Port Authorities communications awards the port won for its community education efforts.

The Port of Longview earned top awards for two community education projects in a national port communications competition this year.

A 60-second audio adaptation of the “Port Talk” newsletter earned the first-place “Award of Excellence” in the contest’s “audio only” category, while a 64-foot outdoor educational display shown at the 2018 Cowlitz County Fair placed first in the “visual only” category.

This is the second year the port has placed first with its educational display, according to a news release.

“Year after year I continue to be impressed with our communications staff,” Port Commission President Doug Averett said in a prepared statement Wednesday. “I am exceedingly proud of their creativity and commitment to teaching the community about the complexities of the port, as are my fellow commissioners.”

The awards are presented by the American Association of Port Authorities, which represents 150 public ports in the Western Hemisphere. Longview’s submissions competed against entries by ports across the U.S., including the Port of New Orleans, Port of New York/New Jersey, North Carolina Ports and the Port of Corpus Christi Authority, the release says.

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