Mission & Vision

Mission Statement

The Ventura Port District is committed to providing a safe harbor that is an inviting inclusive seaside destination and gateway to the Channel Islands National Park, with exceptional facilities for fishers, boaters, residents, and visitors.

Guiding Principles 
1Maintain a safe, navigable, and resilient harbor.
2Advance the harbor's vibrant, working waterfront in support of commercial and recreational fishing and boating.
3Grow financial sustainability through a reliable, recurring revenue stream supplemented with grants and public-private partnership investment while maintaining responsible budgeting practices.
4Establish and implement harbor-wide environmental sustainability policies and practices through collaboration with our business partners.
5Build respectful, productive relationships with employees, tenants, residents, visitors, stakeholders, public officials, and elected representatives while promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.
6Provide exceptional public service and organizational transparency.
7Provide high-quality Harbor and coastal visitor-serving amenities, services, facilities and infrastructure.
8Support the Channel Islands National Park in its efforts to provide a first-class visitor center, educational resources, and ferry boat services to the islands.
5-Year ObjectivesObjectiveStrategy 
DEnsure dredging occurs annually at the federal Harbor entrance and as needed in the inner Harbor1)Support and advocate for congressional funding to the Army Corps of Engineers in support of the Harbor's annual dredging program
EEncourage public and civic engagement; maintain high levels of organizational transparency; and promote harbor-wide diversity, equity and inclusion through District policies, procedures and programs.1)Collaborate with business partners and stakeholders through increased engagement, communication, and participation.
FSupport current and future commercial fishing and sustainable aquaculture industries. Maintain and improve working waterfront facilities and infrastructure.1)Engage with commercial fishing and sustainable aquaculture interests in Ventura Harbor
MCollaborate with Master Tenants and National Park Service to plan, improve, and develop the Harbor in a financially and environmentally sustainable way.1)Engagement and support of Master Tenants for successful business operations at the Harbor
NMaintain and grow Channel Islands National Park Service (NPS) presence and customer visitation to the Harbor.1)Work with NPS and harbor visitors regarding enhancement of visitor experience
PImplement parking management, traffic circulation, and multi-modal transportation strategies.1)Work with City to improve access between the City and Harbor
RSeek opportunities to grow revenues and secure grants; continue to improve the quality, efficiency, and transparency of financial reporting, monitoring, and property management.1)Utilize grant funding opportunities for sustainable Harbor infrastructure
VMaintain and improve Harbor Village facilities, infrastructure, and amenities.1)Ongoing investment in Harbor Village Infrastructure