PORT OF SAN DIEGO
Bob Nelson was sworn in to represent the City of San Diego in January 2011. His 40 years of government and political service includes participation as President Clinton's representative on the U.S. Competitiveness Policy Council, and serving as chair of the San Diego Convention Center Corporation, the San Diego LGBT Community Center, and City of San Diego Revenue Review and Economic Competitiveness Commission. He has also served on the City of San Diego Public Utilities Advisory Commission and in various advisory capacities to the Mayor of San Diego and the San Diego County District Attorney. He serves on the Port's Environmental Advisory Committee and represents the Port as an Advisory Member of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) Board of Directors. He also serves on the Board of Directors of CleanTECH San Diego and Middle Class Taxpayers Association. Prior to public service, Nelson built one of America's largest independent public relations agencies, now part of Porter-Novelli Group. His clients have included American Water, Anheuser-Busch Companies, the Association of American Railroads, California Teachers Association, The Irvine Company, San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council, and International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.
The Port of San Diego is pursuing a Smart Port-Smart Cities strategy, crafting an integrated master plan with a 50 year vision rather than an episodic project-centric focus. It has adopted a climate action plan for greenhouse gas reduction with measurable goals and specific implementation strategies; is vetting optimization plans for throughput at its two cargo terminals; following a natural resources management plan co-developed with the Navy; and is creating a data driven approach to reducing energy usage and employing no/low carbon energy sources.
The San Diego Unified Port District serves a local urban population of more than three million, distributes imports throughout the western U.S. and is the closest west coast port to Latin America. The District was created in 1962 by the State of California to serve as landlord, principal land use authority, and public steward for 34 miles of tidelands spread amongst five cities facing San Diego Bay. Home to the largest concentration of military assets in the U.S., the Port works in close cooperation with the U.S. Navy and is one of 17 strategic ports designated by the U.S. Maritime Administration.
The Port of San Diego operates two marine terminals that process vehicles, fresh foods, bulk, breakbulk and project cargo and two cruise ship terminals. The Port is leaseholder for 16 hotels with nearly 8,000 guest rooms, major shipbuilding and ship repair yards, 25 recreational marinas providing over 7,000 boat and yacht slips, and 20 public parks. The District maintains a US5 million operating budget generated through business operations, without contribution from taxes.