Press Release Article


Date: Nov 06, 2002
Press Release Number: 117-2002

The American Society of Civil Engineers has presented the Port Authority with its 2002 Government Agency Employer Recognition Award. The award was accepted on behalf of the agency by Jack Spencer, the Port Authority’s Deputy Chief Engineer, at a luncheon at the Renaissance Washington, D.C., Hotel on Tuesday, November 5.

\"The Port Authority was picked to receive this award for encouraging its civil engineers to advance themselves through continuing education,\" said Jerry Brown, Chair of the ASCE’s Committee on Engineering Management and Business Practices. \"Its tuition reimbursement program enables engineers to take advantage of classes, seminars and other education opportunities. The agency also supports employee involvement in professional organizations.\"

\"The Port Authority has always believed that the agency’s employees are the backbone of the organization. That’s why we are ready to help them improve their skills,\" said Frank Lombardi, the Port Authority’s Chief Engineer \"It’s always good to know that our efforts are appreciated, especially by an esteemed professional organization like the ASCE.\"

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers represents more than 130,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide, and is America\'s oldest national engineering society. ASCE\'s vision is to position engineers as global leaders building a better quality of life. The society’s mission is to provide essential value to its members, partners and the public by developing leadership, advancing technology, advocating lifelong learning, and promoting the profession. The society is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey operates some of the busiest and most important transportation links in the region. They include John F. Kennedy International, Newark Liberty International, LaGuardia and Teterboro airports; the George Washington Bridge; the Lincoln and Holland tunnels; the three bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey; the PATH rapid-transit system; the Downtown Manhattan Heliport; Port Newark; the Elizabeth-Port Authority Marine Terminal; the Howland Hook Marine Terminal on Staten Island; the Brooklyn Piers/Red Hook Container Terminal; and the Port Authority Bus Terminal in midtown Manhattan. The agency is financially self-supporting and receives no tax revenue from either state.

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