Pier Side: National Hispanic Heritage Month resolution on Friday’s commission agenda  

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Pier Side e-newsletter

Sept. 21, 2021

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National Hispanic Heritage Month resolution on Friday’s commission agenda

On the agenda for the Port of Tacoma Commission special public meeting on Friday, Sept. 24, is a resolution recognizing Sept. 15, 2021 to Oct. 15, 2021 as National Hispanic Heritage Month. Commissioners will also consider authorizing $265,000 for work associated with the Port Administration Building Enhancement Project, $205,000 for work associated with the Port CCTV Camera Expansion Project, and receive a briefing on the Port’s Mitigation Banking Policy and Stormwater Infrastructure Funding Recommendations. Read the full agenda. 

The remote public meeting begins at 2:15 p.m. and will be streamed live on the Port of Tacoma’s website. You can also listen to the meeting by phone by calling (253) 617-4257 and entering the conference ID number: 289 240 521#.  

To deliver comments by phone during the public testimony portion of the meeting, please send an email to comment@portoftacoma.com by 9:00 a.m. PT, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021 that includes your name, the telephone number you will be calling from, and the agenda topic you wish to speak to. Please include “Speaker” in the subject line. Written comments may be submitted to the same email address and will be provided to the commissioners. 

Economic Vitality

New Pocatello railport connects Idaho agricultural producers with Port of Tacoma 

New Pocatello railport 

The Port of Tacoma is pleased to share that the Northwest Seaport Alliance has partnered with Savage and Union Pacific on a new railport in Pocatello that will help to connect Idaho’s agriculture producers and shippers to the international market. Read more here.  

Environmental Leadership

Lower Wapato Creek Habitat Project breaks ground

Construction at Wapato Creek Habitat Project

In partnership with the Puyallup Tribe of Indians, the Port of Tacoma has started construction of the Lower Wapato Creek Habitat Project. This is an advance mitigation project that will re-establish fish, wetland and estuary habitat on approximately 20 acres of Port property along Wapato Creek.

This type of habitat is very limited within the area surrounding Commencement Bay and is a high priorityrestoration project for the Port. Learn more about the project. 

Transportation Advocacy

Pierce Transit Introduces Expanded Runner Service to Tacoma Tideflats 

Pierce Transit Runner

Pierce Transit began Runner service to the Tideflats/Port of Tacoma area as of Sept. 1. The Tideflats Runner provides on-demand public transportation  services in a new commuter-oriented employment zone.

The unique patterns and congested street network in Tideflats area prohibit a regular bus to traverse many of the streets and roadways.

The Tideflats Runner can use the network to its advantage with smaller vehicles that connect employees to parking at the Tacoma Dome Station as well as recreation opportunities along Ruston Way. ​Find out more about the new service. 

Community Connections

September’s Port of Tacoma bus tour canceled 

December's bus tour

The Port of Tacoma has canceled its September 29th bus tour out of concerns for public safety due to the steep rise in cases and hospitalizations associated with the Delta variant in Pierce County. 

Check the Port’s website for updates and information on future tour dates.  

Port staff volunteers at the Emergency Food Network  

EFN September 2021

A team of volunteers from the Port of Tacoma spent a couple of hours giving back to our community by repacking 3,300 lbs. of pasta at a food repacking event on Saturday, Sept. 18 at the Emergency Food Network (EFN) in Lakewood. EFN distributes the food to more than 70 sites throughout Pierce County to fight hunger in our community.

So far this year, Port of Tacoma volunteers have repacked nearly 10 tons of food! Visit EFN’s website to find out how you can get involved.