Port Everglades Director Elected FSTED Chair
September 29, 2006

Port Everglades Director Phillip C. Allen was elected Chair of the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development (FSTED) Council during a meeting of the Florida Ports Council held in Miami this week.

FSTED is a public entity created in 1990 by Section 311.07(3)(a), Florida Statues and charged with implementing the state's economic development mission by facilitating the implementation of seaport capital improvement projects at the local level. The Council was created within the Department of Transportation and consists of the port directors of the 14 deep water seaports and a representative from the Department of Transportation, the Department of Community Affairs, and the Governor's Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development.  Allen will serve a two-year term as FSTED Chair.

"One of our major accomplishments this week was to adopt the Statewide and Regional Strategic Visioning Process, which I look forward to taking a leadership role in helping to implement," Allen said.  "We will be collecting information from our member seaports, users and transportation partners to develop a business model that reflects the demands of this industry."

Allen explained that the purpose of the FSTED Council is to establish statewide funding for seaport development, develop economic development initiatives and make recommendations to the Department of Transportation for enhancing intermodal connections for freight and cruise passengers movement.

Allen has served as Director of the Broward County Port Everglades Department since July, after previously having served as Interim Port Director in 2001/02.  He also headed the 1994 transition of the former Port Authority into a department of County government. Before joining the Port, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Broward County for almost 20 years.