Welcome to Connections newsletter, a community resource covering opportunities and activities at the Port of Seattle.
Organizations join forces to foster youth employment
Port Commission President Tom Albro, pictured at podium next to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, recently spoke at the 2017 program kickoff of the Mayor’s Youth Employment Initiative.
The Port is one of several partners in this endeavor to provide internships that prepare Seattle youth for meaningful and successful careers. The initiative builds career pathways for young people and creates a recruitment pipeline for local businesses seeking skilled workers.
Challenged by the Port Commission’s commitment to workforce development, the Port successfully tripled the number of its summer internships from 34 in 2015, to 115 in 2016. This year the Port plans to host 150 high school, college, graduate and public-private partnership interns.
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Managing director advocates for airport infrastructure investment
Sea-Tac Airport Managing Director Lance Lyttle, pictured here, recently testified in front of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee's Aviation Subcommittee on the theme of "Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: State of American Airports."
Along with the leaders of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Allegheny County Airport Authority, Greater Asheville Regional Airport Authority and Ventura County Airports, Lyttle made the case for increased investment in airport infrastructure, and specifically for more authority for airport commissions to set the rate for the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC); this fee currently is capped by the federal government at $4.50 per ticket.
Lyttle discussed Sea-Tac’s nation-leading growth, its significant current and future infrastructure investment needs, and the thinking behind why removal of the federal cap on PFCs is essential to give the Port of Seattle Commission multiple options for future airport financing. Without additional PFC authority, Sea-Tac would be less
competitive with other West Coast airports.
He also highlighted Sea-Tac’s focus on security and commitment to partnering with communities on issues like aircraft noise, the environment and small business utilization.
As the ninth busiest airport in the country, this opportunity to testify before a Congressional committee is indicative of Sea-Tac’s growing national profile and importance.
For additional details about Sea-Tac’s federal advocacy efforts, contact Eric Schinfeld at firstname.lastname@example.org
Recent samples of media coverage of this topic included KING 5 and AVweb.com
March 14 meeting
Port of Seattle Commissioners
will consider a request to improve signage and wayfinding at Sea-Tac Airport.
They also will hear a status report about the Port’s capital
improvement projects, and a briefing on the Port’s 2016 financial performance.
Feb. 28 meeting
Commission heard briefings about two environmental initiatives: the Airport
Community Ecology Fund and recommendations of the Energy and Sustainability
Policy Committee. The Ecology Fund aims to provide $1 million to support
projects and programs that improve the natural environment in the airport
communities of Burien, Des Moines and SeaTac. The Policy Committee
recommendations include innovative initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
PortGen showcases goods & services opportunities
The Port of Seattle
spends millions of dollars annually on goods and services—everything from light bulbs and software to janitorial services and escalator repair.
To help make sure small business owners know about these
opportunities, Port staff recently dedicated the second in the PortGen series
to the topic of goods and services procurement. PortGen is designed to share
information with such entrepreneurs and provide them with coaching and
At the March session, small business owners visited Port Marine
Maintenance facilities for an overview of their goods and services needs. Mark
Fitzgerald, pictured above changing a light bulb, is a Marine Maintenance utility
worker pursuing his goal of becoming an apprentice electrician.
Get details on future Port Gen sessions by contacting Tina
Boyd at email@example.com
Tabor 100 hears about Port's small business & other initiatives
Port Commissioner Stephanie Bowman was guest speaker at a recent gathering of Tabor 100, an association that focuses on small business opportunities, education and government relations.
Commissioner Bowman, pictured here (left) at the event with Tabor 100 President Ollie Garrett, provided an update on Port activities, growth at Sea-Tac Airport, economic development and other initiatives.
She also spoke to the group about contracting opportunities for local, small and disadvantaged businesses in connection with dining and retail leases coming up for renewal at Sea-Tac Airport, and related to airport infrastructure projects.
Port conference reinforces Seattle ties with Kobe, Japan
The 150-year-old Port of Kobe,
above, shares a commitment to sustainable and innovative business practices
with its sister port in Seattle.
The Port of Seattle’s Michael
McLaughlin, left, director of Cruise and Maritime Operations, recently traveled to
Kobe, Japan, to speak at the International Port Conference in honor of the 150th
anniversary of the Port of Kobe.
This year also marks the 50th
anniversary of the sister port relationship between the Port of Seattle and
Port of Kobe, and the tri-port relationship between Seattle, Kobe, and
Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
McLaughlin spoke during the tri-ports seminar and Kobe's sister and friendship ports
meeting that were part of the larger conference. He shared about the Port
of Seattle’s business operations and the current waterfront development in
Seattle. He also participated in a panel
discussion about the global cruise industry.
Additional celebrations are planned for May in
Kobe, and July in Seattle, to mark not only the sister port 50th anniversary,
but the “sister city” relationship formed between the cities of Seattle and
Kobe 60 years ago.
Iconic event this weekend to honor fishing industry
Seattle's commercial fishing heritage will take the spotlight this Sunday, March 12, at the 89th Annual Blessing of the Fleet at the Fishermen's Terminal memorial site.
Organized by the Ballard First Lutheran Church and the Fishermen's Terminal Tenants Association, this event is open to the public and will include refreshments and live music. Officiants will bless the 36-foot gillnetter St. Anthony, operated by Capt. Ron Kerzic, on behalf of the entire-Seattle based fishing fleet. Speakers are expected to be Pastor Erick R. Wilson Weiberg of Ballard First Lutheran; Pastor Laurie Jones, Central Lutheran Church, Eugene; Port of Seattle Commissioner Fred Felleman and other elected officials.
Fishermen's Terminal is one of four marinas owned and operated by the Port of Seattle.
Commissioner shares with boaters about Port's role
Port Commissioner Stephanie Bowman talked about the impact of the North Pacific Fishing Fleet, homeported at Fishermen's Terminal, when she presented to members of the Bellevue Sail and Power Squadron recently.
Her overview presentation also touched on the Port as an economic engine, upcoming capital investments, the Economic Development Partnership Program, Northwest Seaport Alliance and planning for the future. She also spent time responding to questions about a variety of topics related to Port activities.
Black History events offer employees time to reflect
Port of Seattle employees recently had the opportunity to gain insights
through three Black History Month educational programs sponsored by the Port chapter of Blacks in Government (BIG).
The most recent program featured former Port
Director Charles Blood, pictured here (left) receiving an award of appreciation from
BIG Chapter President Kenny Lyles.
Blood spoke on the value of knowing your history. He is remembered for his contributions to Port
Community Outreach, Human Resources, Police and Fire, and Maritime and Airport Operations. At this event, BIG members also acknowledged
Port Chief Financial Officer Dan Thomas for providing senior level support for their
The other two Black History Month programs featured
inspirational speaker Verna
Myers on overcoming biases; and former National BIG President and U.S. Army
veteran Oscar Eason, known for his humanitarian work in Somalia and a number of local contributions.
Snoqualmie business community
Snoqualmie Valley Record reported on Port of Seattle Commissioner
Stephanie Bowman’s presentation to the Snoqualmie Valley Chamber of
Commerce meeting, where she spoke to representatives of
area businesses and city governments about tourism, how the Port is addressing
rapid growth and how it can support the Eastside cities.
Airport director profiled on Jamaican
Television Jamaica broadcast an interview with
Airport Managing Director Lance Lyttle on its “Profile” program. Lyttle,
a University of the West Indies graduate, discussed how operating Sea-Tac is much
like managing a city.
In case you missed it on social media
The Transportation Security Administration and Sea-Tac work together to keep checkpoints secure
and moving. Results: Wait-time goal accomplished!
Last but not least
Connections brings home award of excellence
Aw shucks. We are just a little proud to announce that the
Port of Seattle received a Totem Award this week for our bimonthly Connections newsletter.
According to the Public Relations Society of America-Puget
Sound, the Totem Awards symbolize creativity and accomplishment for the public relations
industry. These annual awards recognize work that demonstrates excellence in public relations and rises above the competition.
Connections helps show how the Port of Seattle connects people to the world via Sea-Tac Airport and through global trade and tourism. We are a community resource that reports on opportunities and activities throughout the Port.
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Watch for the next issue of Connections March 24.