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The Port of Hueneme welcomed its first vessel in 1941, embarking on an ambitious mission to maximize maritime commerce and provide extensive economic benefits to the community.
Since its inception, The Port’s hallmark has been strong leadership. Perhaps that’s because all members of the five-member Board of Harbor Commissioners must be voted into office by the citizenry of The Oxnard Harbor District.
Once the officers have been elected, primary responsibilities fall squarely on the shoulders of a CEO, Port Director, and select staff, who administer all policies and operations. Their influence is far-reaching to say the least, as the District’s political boundaries encompass the Greater City of Oxnard (population 181,000) and the City of Port Hueneme (population 22,000).
Continuity, of course, is indispensable for the shaping of sound, long-term policies. To ensure the needed continuity, the commissioners’ four-year terms are strategically staggered.
The Port of Hueneme is owned and operated by the Oxnard Harbor District, a political subdivision of the State of California. Nevertheless, the bustling commercial gateway remains vigorously independent – a glowing example of a self-supporting business enterprise.
The District is bound by a charter with The City of Port Hueneme. This agreement gives The District complete authority to acquire, construct, own, operate, control, or develop any and all harbor works or facilities. Underscoring its independence, The District prepares and controls its own budget and fiscal activities in order to reach its wide-ranging objectives.
Despite the staggering expenses associated with operating a busy international port, The Oxnard Harbor District collects absolutely no taxes. Operating funds are generated exclusively by Port-related businesses, which enter into highly productive operating agreements with the ‘landlord’ port. Business-generated revenues in turn enable The Harbor District to fund a variety of support services provided by The City of Port Hueneme.
Key Economic Engine For The Region
A pivotal component in the intermodal logistics supply chain, The Port of Hueneme is a major contributor to the economic health of Ventura County and Southern California. The following is a snapshot of the Port’s key economic contributions.
- Over $9 billion in cargo annually.
- $1.5 billion in overall economic impact.
- $119 million paid in annual taxes.
- Provides more than 15,834 direct, indirect, induced and influenced jobs regionally.
- Top trading partners include: Austria, Brazil, Canada, Costa Rica, China, Ecuador, Germany, Great Britain, Guatemala, Japan, Korea and Mexico.
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OHD Board President Jess Herrera Speaks
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