Port of Seattle Connections, Aug. 11, 2017

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Welcome to Connections newsletter, a community resource covering opportunities and activities at the Port of Seattle.

Economic development

Port of Seattle connects with cross-state partners

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Washington's Tri-Cities area

Port of Seattle Commissioners, the Port's interim executive director and executive team members recently visited Walla Walla and the Tri-Cities to hear from local port officials and other community leaders about their economic development successes, and the potential for partnerships.

The delegation toured Port of Walla Walla industrial development sites to learn about the expansion of a local transportation logistics facility, wine incubator businesses developed by the port and Walla Walla Regional Airport.

At the Institute for Enology and Viticulture the group from the Ports of Seattle and Walla Walla were joined by the Walla Walla mayor, state elected officials, representatives from the Walla Walla Chamber of CommerceDowntown Walla Walla Foundation and others, for a discussion on potential partnerships, and their community’s creative approaches to economic development.

In the Tri-Cities, the Ports of Seattle, Benton and Pasco and the Tri-City Economic Development Council hosted a discussion on how the ports and local governments work with the business community to grow the economy.There also were tours of Port of Pasco industrial development projects, sites under development by Port of Benton and its partners, and the Hanford B-Reactor National Historic Landmark. The day ended with a visit to Washington State Wine Science Center, built with the support of local partners on land donated by the Port of Benton.

Making global connections

Visit highlights decades-long relationship with Kobe

The sound of Taiko drummers fills the atrium at Port of Seattle headquarters during a welcome celebration for visiting Kobe dignitaries.

A 60-person delegation from Kobe, Japan, led by Kobe Vice Mayor Toshiro Yamada, recently visited Seattle to celebrate 50 years as a sister port with the Port of Seattle and Kobe’s 60th sister city anniversary with Seattle.

The Port was proud to help host the delegation and recognize these milestones. Port Commission President Tom Albro, Commissioners John Creighton and Fred Felleman and interim Executive Director Dave Soike all helped greet the Kobe visitors.

During their visit, the delegation hosted a business seminar at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center, attended business meetings with partners including Boeing and Microsoft, dedicated a new Imai Garden at the West Seattle YMCA, marched in the Seafair Torchlight Parade, cheered on the Seattle Mariners, and celebrated 18 years of the sister city jazz exchange with a Kobe Jazz Queen Concert.

Earlier this year, the Port sent representatives to Kobe on two occasions to celebrate the anniversaries in Kobe: an international port conference in February to mark Kobe’s 150th port founding anniversary, and a 24-person delegation led by Commissioner Creighton and Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell in May.

Commission actions

Aug. 15 meeting

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An upcoming agenda item will address traffic flow and safety along freight routes.

Aug. 8 meeting

The Port of Seattle Commission is expected to consider authorizing a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Seattle to launch the Safe and Swift Corridor Program to improve transportation flow and safety along key freight transportation corridors.

The agenda calls for the Port Commission to consider authorizing the executive director to execute Economic Development Partnership Program contracts with Burien, Duvall, Mercer Island, Kent, Federal Way and Maple Valley for local economic development initiatives. An update on the Sustainable Aviation Fuels Program is also on the agenda.

The full agenda

Port Commissioners authorized a Wi-Fi upgrade at Sea-Tac Airport, and Central Terminal improvements including the music performance area, the purchase of new furniture and new mobile device charging. 

They also authorized execution of a ground lease with Trammel Crow Company to develop a facility on Port property called Des Moines Creek-North, near the Des Moines Creek Business Park in SeaTac. Tenants may include food processors, manufacturers and logistics providers that support the aviation and air cargo industries. 

In addition, representatives from Seattle and King County and its partner All Home briefed the Commission on a strategy to address homelessness in Seattle and the region.

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Port leadership update

Search for director of Maritime Division under way

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The Port of Seattle recently began the recruiting process for a new Maritime Division managing director.

Interested candidates can click here for the job posting and a link to the application. For details contact Human Resources at (206) 787-5827. 

Responsibilities of this position include the strategic and daily operations of cruise facilities; commercial and industrial fishing and work vessel moorage operations; marine maintenance; recreational boating; a grain terminal and a stormwater utility.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Airport partners with community while also serving travelers


Airport Managing Director Lance Lyttle greets representatives of Seattle Southside Regional Tourism Authority (left to right) Katherine Kertzman, president & chief executive officer; Lisa Schwartz, product development manager; and Kristina Thorne, sports development & sales manager. 

One of the ways the Port of Seattle connects and communicates with Sea-Tac Airport communities is through its partnership with Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce

Most recently, the Port hosted chamber members for a presentation on the latest things happening at the airport, including programs and initiatives that benefit neighborhoods most affected by aircraft flights. 

Airport Managing Director Lance Lyttle shared about the economic benefits associated with the airport, such as new hotel construction, and airport-compatible developments on Port property in Burien and Des Moines that will anchor hundreds of jobs.

The chamber members also heard about airport efforts to improve the environment, construction of the airport's new International Arrivals Facility, the North Satellite Modernization and other upcoming projects.

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In the community

New north-south roadway enhances airport access


Pictured at the celebration (left to right) are Des Moines Councilmember Robert Back, SeaTac Councilmembers Kathryn Campbell and Rick Forschler, SeaTac Mayor Michael Siefkes, SeaTac Councilmember Peter Kwon and Port Commissioner John Creighton

Port of Seattle Commissioner John Creighton joined officials from the cities of SeaTac and Des Moines this week for a ribbon cutting to celebrate completion of a street project that helps improve commercial access to Sea-Tac Airport from the south.

The Port partnered with City of SeaTac on the project, which connects 28th/24th Avenues South, and creates a direct north-south connection between the rapidly developing Des Moines Creek Business Park and the airport. It also facilitates development of Port-owned properties in the area. (See Tuesday’s announcement about the most recent development planned in SeaTac, and recent news coverage.) 

Many current and future tenants of the business park and surrounding properties are linked to air cargo and commerce. Another future business park tenant will be the new Federal Aviation Administration regional office.

This new 28th/24th connection also will serve as a future interchange for the SR509 extension to I-5, setting the stage for a new south-end connection into the airport.

Property for this project was previously acquired by the Port due to aircraft noise impacts on residences. Once the city identified the land as a key piece of the 28th/24th Avenue South Connector Project, the Port collaborated to expedite the sale to SeaTac. 

Learn about global trade while relaxing on our waterfront  


Port Unplugged is a nice way to spend a late summer evening. This adult education series is designed to inform community members about Port of Seattle activities while they enjoy some down time. The final session for the season will be 5 to 7 p.m., Aug. 17. 

With Washington the most trade-dependent state in the nation, the theme of the presentation will be Seattle's Trade Gateway: the story of Seattle's relationships with countries around the globe.

Participants also will be able to enjoy refreshments, music by Birch Pereira and views of the Olympic Mountains and Seattle waterfront from the Pier 69 deck, 2711 Alaskan Way.

Register here

Improving our environment

Drop-in to learn about funding for environmental projects 


The application period is still open for the  Airport Community Ecology Fund’s Small Matching Grants Program. Community members may apply for Port of Seattle funding to improve the local natural environment by planting trees, removing invasive weeds, and supporting environmental education projects in Burien, Des Moines and SeaTac.

A newly added information drop-in session and networking opportunity is scheduled for Aug. 23, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at the SeaTac Community Center, at 13735 24th Ave. S. Stop by to learn simple ways to meet the 3:1 required match, network with other applicants, and see how the Port’s new program can benefit your community’s environment.

Visit the program website for more information and to download the application form. The deadline is Sept. 1, and eligible projects will be considered for grant awards this fall.

In the media

Sea-Tac's rain gauge out of work during dry spell

The region's recent record-breaking dry spell prompted inquiries about Sea-Tac Airport's rain gauge. What resulted were stories such as one on KING5 and another on KIRO7.

Airport managing director a panelist on smart airports

Airport World reported on a panel discussion including Sea-Tac Airport's Managing Director Lance Lyttle during the SMART Airports & Regions Conference & Exhibition in Charlotte, N.C. The panel discussion was titled "SMART 360 Debate - Strategic Partnerships in Aviation for Economic Development."

Public invited to information session on police accreditation

Westside Seattle and The SeaTag Blog carried information about how community members and Port of Seattle employees can comment during the accreditation process for Port of Seattle Police. The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies will host an information session on Aug. 15. 

Article about new route highlights Seattle as a destination

Manchester Evening News reported on the new route between Sea-Tac and Manchester Airport that Thomas Cook Airlines is set to launch next year. The story mentions the many attractions that Seattle offers visitors.

Airport aviaries contribute to honeybee recovery

Sea-Tac Airport is highlighted and pictured in a CNBC story about honeybee colonies on the rise in the United States after a worrisome decline.  

In case you missed it on social media

A new video on Facebook highlights the upcoming Sea-Tac Airport Wi-Fi upgrade that will improve connection time and download speed throughout the terminal.  

More ways to connect

News about Northwest Seaport Alliance & Port of Tacoma

The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) is a marine cargo operating partnership of the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma. To receive the NWSA newsletter, click here. To receive the Port of Tacoma newsletter, click here.


Photos provided by Don Wilson and Port of Seattle staff

Watch for the next issue of Connections on Sept. 8.