Bay Planning Coalition Names Michael J. Giari as 2018 Frank C. Boerger Award Recipient

Outgoing Director of Port of Redwood City to be recognized as part of BPC’s Spring Summit event in Oakland on May 11

April 25, 2018 – Bay Planning Coalition (BPC) announced that Michael (Mike) J. Giari, Executive Director for the Port of Redwood City (the Port), will receive the 2018 Frank C. Boerger Award at BPC’s signature annual Spring Summit on May 11 at the Oakland Scottish Rite Center.

The Frank C. Boerger Award, named after a founding director of BPC, is given each year to an individual who appreciates the rigors of advocating environmental protection and economic progress, and forges a path to achieve both. The recipient is a person who is passionate in their convictions, balanced in their judgment, and talented in bringing diverse interests and stakeholders together.

A true Bay Area native, Mr. Giari’s port-related career began with the U.S. Maritime Administration in San Francisco. Since then, Mr. Giari has developed an extensive and distinguished career in port management. Between 1981 and 1988, Mr. Giari worked for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey as Assistant Manager of a major waterfront development project and as a marine transportation planner. He joined the Port of Redwood City in 1988 as Manager of Trade Development and was later appointed to Executive Director in 1995. Mr. Giari has been instrumental in helping the Port grow since his appointment. Tripled tonnage across Port docks, new businesses, modernized Port facilities, and improved waterfront recreation facilities and opportunities for the community are just a few of the many achievements Mr. Giari helped oversee during his 23 years as Executive Director. Earlier this year, Mr. Giari announced his retirement and will be leaving the Port in May.

BPC further recognizes Mr. Giari for his contributions to BPC as a board director and past president. Serving on the board for over 15 years, Mr. Giari has been an integral part of BPC’s development and success in advancing the organization’s mission and vision. BPC deeply thanks Mr. Giari for his years of service, and looks forward to working with his successor and continuing our strong partnership with the Port.

John A. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of BPC, states, “Mike has successfully made the Port of Redwood City what it is today. With Mike’s vision, the Port has literally helped to build Silicon Valley from the ground up. Much of our region’s economic success is because of Mike and his team at the Port of Redwood City.”

Mr. Giari responds, “I am very grateful to Bay Planning Coalition for honoring me with this award. BPC has been a contributor to the Port of Redwood City’s success through its strong advocacy of environmentally sound and reasonable dredging practices and regulations. I hope that I have been able to contribute in small ways to the important work of BPC.”

Mr. Giari is the 17th recipient of the Frank C. Boerger Award. Past recipients include Alexis Strauss, Will Travis, Jack Broadbent, Monique Moyer, Congressman John Garamendi, and Sam Schuchat.

More information about the Spring Summit
This annual event brings together over 300 leaders in industry, commerce and regional planning and infrastructure from across the wider Bay Area, including representatives from key corporations in the gas, construction and engineering sectors. It is also well attended by local, state and federal officials and by the nonprofit community. Tickets and sponsorships are still available. For more information, visit

About Bay Planning Coalition
Founded in 1983, BPC is a non-profit, 501(c)(4) membership-based organization that convenes, and represents the interests of, public and private entities involved in commerce, industry, infrastructure, recreation and the natural environment connect to the San Francisco Bay and its watershed. It has more than 150 members from across a range of relevant sectors, including business and industry, government, professional service firms, and various associations. Connect with BPC through Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and at

About Port of Redwood City
While in use since 1851, the Port of Redwood City was founded by City Charter in 1937. The Port of Redwood City is located 18 nautical miles south of San Francisco and is the only deep-water port in the South San Francisco Bay. The Port of Redwood City serves the Silicon Valley region and provides inland transportation access via U.S. Highway 101 and Union Pacific Railroad. The Port’s key location enables tenants to save both time and shipping costs. The Port of Redwood City specializes in bulk, neo-bulk and liquid cargoes. Having a strategic location, available deep-water facilities and efficient service, has enabled the Port of Redwood City to become the fastest growing “small” bulk port in California.”

The Port has more than one mile of waterfront public access, walkways and viewing areas. These include waterfront parks with picnic areas, restrooms, public art and parking. Other amenities include watercraft sailboats, kayaks and other personal watercraft available for rent and conference facilities.The Port also offers a public fishing pier and the only public boat launching facility with access to San Francisco Bay south of Coyote Point. Boats on trailers launched in the Redwood City Channel is available 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

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