Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson to Chair Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council

The Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council (FSTED) is pleased to announce it has elected a new slate of officers for the 2022-2024 cycle, which includes Port Tampa Bay's Paul Anderson serving as chair. 

Paul Anderson, President and CEO of Port Tampa Bay, was elected Chair, Alex King, Executive Director of Port Panama City, was elected Vice Chair, and Clark Merritt, Port of Pensacola Port Director, was elected Secretary.

"It is an honor to serve as chair of the Florida Seaport Transportation and Economic Development Council. I look forward to building on the organization's proven track record of supporting the state's seaports and ensure they have the resources needed to remain competitive in international trade, while supporting local jobs and economies. Florida's population is booming and our seaports need resources to keep up with the state's rapid population growth in order to best serve our communities," explained Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay President & CEO.  

FSTED is charged with carrying out Florida’s economic development mission through implementation of seaport capital improvement projects at the local level. Its members consist of port directors from Florida’s 15 seaports, and representatives from the Florida Department of Transportation and Department of Economic Opportunity.

Anderson is a Former Federal Maritime Commissioner, joining Port Tampa Bay as CEO in 2012 after holding a series of high-profile leadership positions in the public and private sectors. He currently serves as chair of the Florida Ocean Alliance, and serves multiple national leaderships positions including the American Association of Port Authorities and Coalition for America’s Gateways and Trade Corridors.