Georgia Ports Authority Wins Coveted Bronze Anvil Award

Georgia Ports Authority Wins Coveted Bronze Anvil Award

NEW YORK, N.Y. – June 7, 2010 — The Georgia Ports Authority (GPA) was awarded the coveted 2010 Bronze Anvil Award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) for superior performance in the design and execution of an individual public relations tactic within a broader public relations campaign. Honorees were recognized during the 2010 Silver Anvil Awards Evening held June 3 at the Equitable Tower in New York City, N.Y.

The GPA received the 2010 Bronze Anvil Award in the Annual Reports (Up to $500 Million) category for its FY2008 Annual Report: Georgia’s Ports for Georgia’s People publication. Through copy, charts and picturesque photography, GPA’s annual report illustrates the ports’ importance to its stakeholders.

“We are proud of our record of excellence throughout our business sectors,” said GPA’s Executive Director Curtis J. Foltz. “National recognition for the third consecutive year signifies the outstanding work our public relations team continues to produce. The annual report plays an essential role in our marketing and communications efforts with the citizens of Georgia, our elected officials and business leaders throughout the world.”

GPA’s External Affairs department produced the annual report under the leadership of GPA’s Senior Director of External Affairs Robert Morris. The GPA received its first Bronze Anvil Award in 2008 for its FY2006 annual report and was awarded the Bronze Anvil Award of Commendation for its FY2007 annual report in 2009.

The Bronze Anvil Award was created by PRSA in 1969 to recognize outstanding public relations tactics — the individual items or components that contribute to the success of an overall program. This is the highest honor PRSA awards to a tactic or project. Only one Bronze Anvil Award and up to two Bronze Anvil Awards of Commendation may be earned in each category or subcategory. No Bronze Anvil is awarded in those categories where the judges feel the entries do not rise to standards set forth for the award by PRSA.

About the Georgia Ports Authority
Georgia’s deepwater ports and inland barge terminals support nearly 300,000 jobs throughout the state annually and contribute $15.5 billion in income, $61.7 billion in revenue and $2.6 billion in state and local taxes to Georgia’s economy. Additional information can be found at www.gaports.com.

About the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
The Public Relations Society of America, headquartered in New York City, is the world's largest organization for public relations professionals with nearly 32,000 professional and student members. PRSA is organized into 109 Chapters and 10 Districts nationwide, and 20 Professional Interest Sections and Affinity Groups, which represent business and industry, counseling firms, independent practitioners, military, government, associations, hospitals, schools, professional services firms and nonprofit organizations.

For additional information, please contact Robert Morris, GPA’s Senior Director of External Affairs, at (912) 964-3855 or rmorris@gaports.com. Visit the GPA web site at www.gaports.com