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Brooklyn-Rotterdam Waterfront Exchange

Locations: SW Brooklyn, NY and Rotterdam, Netherlands
Client: The Port Authority of NY & NJ
Co-Sponsors: City of Rotterdam, Empire State Development Corporation, Government of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Netherlands Water Partnership, and Stadshavens Rotterdam.

During this time of urgent global economic and environmental challenges, a central question facing many port cities is how to combine economic development with environmental sustainability - a question with many facets from modernization of industry and innovations in international shipping to reconfiguration of transportation systems and mitigation of climate change. The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Trade, City of Rotterdam, and Port Authority of New York & New Jersey cooperated to exchange their waterfront expertise in port-related areas. The Exchange resulted in a Collaboration Agreement to continue working together on pilot projects and an investment strategy.

Nautilus led the highly productive Exchange on behalf of The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey and managed a large international team. Nautilus not only designed the Exchange and helped secure both Dutch and US support and funding, but also shaped the dialogue, organized workshops in both New York and Rotterdam, negotiated and drafted bilateral agreements and press releases, managed community consultations, and documented the findings with presentations and publications.

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