Port of Seattle Connections, June 7, 2019

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Healthy Habitats and Communities

Port Commission provides environmental equity program for local youth

Duwamish Valley partnership

Pictured: Port Commissioners, representatives from Duwamish Valley organizations, and Port staff.

The Port of Seattle is partnering with two Duwamish Valley organizations, DIRT Corps, and the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition to train local youth and adults as stewards of the Port’s habitat sites. This is part of a landmark Port contract to promote environmental equity, which will allow those who live nearest to the Duwamish River to gain the skills and expertise needed to restore this critical area of the watershed.

Over the course of the pilot project, Port staff and community members identified that the challenges facing the community were not only environmental impacts, but that the community experiences a lack of access to benefits that the Port provides, such as living-wage jobs and access to career pathways.

Today, the Port of Seattle Commission transitioned the pilot project into a long-term program at the Port, with the Duwamish Valley Community Equity Program, which seeks to achieve three shared goals: 1) Community-Port Capacity Building, 2) Healthy Environment and Communities, and 3) Economic Prosperity in Place.

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Local nonprofit works toward a healthy environment for all


When Young’s Restaurant, a minority-owned business in White Center, became the first to take advantage of King County’s RainWise program, local environmental nonprofit Environmental Coalition of South Seattle (ECOSS) saw an opportunity to engage the whole community. ECOSS works with diverse businesses and communities through multilingual environmental outreach and education to increase awareness of programs like RainWise. ECOSS is a recipient of a 2018 Port of Seattle Environmental Excellence Award in the Education and Outreach category.

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Cruise Seattle

Milestones in Seattle cruise history


So much can happen in 20 years. Seattle morphs into a world-class city. And a few sporadic cruise ships evolve into an industry that helps drive the economy of our region. 

In 2019, the cruise business will create nearly $900 million a year in local business revenue, with each home port ship call contributing an average $4.2 million to the state’s economy and supporting more than 5,500 jobs. 

Learn more about the history of the rise of the Seattle cruise industry to become the hub of Alaska cruising.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport

Remembering the Sea-Tac North Satellite

Goodnight North Satellite

Thanks for the memories, North Satellite. You’ve been a part of our film history and our travel moments since 1973. But it’s time to say goodbye to the past and hello to a new and improved facility.

The building is now 46 years old and boy have times changed. Here’s a snapshot of what was happening on July 1, 1973 when the building opened:

  • The most popular song on opening day was George Harrison’s “Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth)”
  • Jesus Christ Superstar, the Musical, ended its run of 711 performances on Broadway
  • Richard Nixon was in the first term of his Presidency
  • The best-selling book was The Matlock Paper by Robert Ludlum
  • The most popular movie was Oklahoma Crude, directed by Stanley Kramer and starring George C. Scott and Faye Dunaway

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Sea-Tac Airport parking rates to increase July 1

Parking increase

Parking rates at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport garage will increase on July 1. Parking rates at Sea-Tac Airport have increased only two times in the last decade, keeping airport parking comparable to off-site lots and to the cost of parking in downtown Seattle. The last rate increase occurred in 2017.

Parking will cost an additional $2/day, and hourly rates will increase by $1/hour. Weekly rates will increase $9/week. The Sea-Tac Airport parking garage offers the closest, most convenient airport parking for travelers. Rates advertised include all taxes, no hidden fees – while most off-site lots add taxes later (adding WA sales tax, SeaTac city tax, airport access fee, living wage fee, etc.).

Travelers are encouraged to consider all their options when flying out of Sea-Tac such as light rail, public transportation, ride-share, and other ground transportation options.

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Supporting Small Business

Learn about contracting with the Port at upcoming workshop

PortGen Workshop

Learn how to do business with the Port of Seattle at an upcoming PortGen workshop that focuses on the Port's Economic Development Division. The workshop is 9-11 a.m. at Pier 69 Commission Chambers.

Come and meet the Economic Development Division's managing director and staff and learn about the division's priorities and values, Diversity and Contracting, workforce development, real estate opportunities, Port of Seattle facilities, and tourism.The Port will provide handouts on the following: risk management, airport badging requirements, Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), and Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises (OMWBE).

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Questions? Email diversityincontracting@portseattle.org


Workforce Development

Local students learn about entrepreneurship from Sea-Tac businesses

Young entrepreneur

Over 30 Highline High School sophomores visited and interviewed several Sea-Tac Airport dining and retail businesses as part of a recent Young Entrepreneur career awareness event in partnership with the Port of Seattle. Students interested in entrepreneurship were invited to visit the businesses and discuss challenges and goals with the owners. After the tour, students were tasked with developing their own business concept and designing their own space within the Sea-Tac Airport layout.

With the help of Port staff and HMS Host, student groups designed creative floor plans, described their intended customers, and pitched their ideas to a panel of judges which included several Port Airport Retail and Dining leaders, HMS Host staff, as well as Airport Director Lance Lyttle. Groups were judged on design, concepts, and airport fit. Pitches designed to improve the airport experience included a barber shop and ice cream store. Participating businesses included CHALO Seattle, Starbucks Evenings, and  Rel’Lish Burger Lounge.The event is part of a Port partnership with local school districts that help communities learn about and benefit from job and business opportunities in Port-related industries.


Community events celebrate the boating world

Classic weekend

The community is invited to two upcoming maritime events that celebrate the boating world.

The Shilshole Boatfest

Current and future mariners are invited to immerse themselves in the boating world. Attendees get to enjoy sailboat and powerboat rides, participate in kids’ mini opti sailing lessons, check out kayaking and paddleboarding, participate in liveaboard boat tours, and more.

Shilshole Bay Marina

June 8, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Bell Harbor Marina’s Classic Weekend

Come join the largest gathering of classic motor yachts in the world at the Bell Harbor Marina's Classic weekend, hosted by the Pacific Northwest Fleet of the Classic Yacht Association and the Port of Seattle on Seattle's downtown waterfront.

Over forty classic motor yachts, many of them built prior to World War II, will welcome visitors throughout Father's Day weekend. Many of the boats will be available for boarding, and guests are asked to wear soft-soled shoes. Visitors will be asked to vote for their favorite yacht.

Bell Harbor Marina

June 15-16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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Port Leadership

Police Chief Rod Covey named Chief at Large of statewide law enforcement organization


Port of Seattle Police Chief Rod Covey has been named Chief At-Large of the board of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs (WASPC). He was elected to the leadership team of the 15-member executive board at the organization’s annual conference in May.

WASPC was founded in 1963 and consists of executive and top management personnel from law enforcement agencies statewide. With more than 900 members it includes the 39 elected county sheriffs, and 240 police chiefs, as well as the Washington State Patrol, the Washington Department of Corrections, and representatives of several federal agencies.

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Port Commission Actions

The Port is committed to a future of expanded opportunity. Waterfront and airport investments commit to today’s residents and the next generations that this Port will continue expanding economic opportunity, social inclusion, and environmental and community health.

June 11

The Port of Seattle Commission will consider a motion to conduct competitive solicitations and execute lease and concession agreements with selected proposers for opportunities in Airport Dining and Retail Lease Group 5, and consider a motion to proceed with the construction phase of the Pier 66/Bell Harbor International Conference Center Modernization Project. The Port Commission will also hear an Airport Passenger Travel Awareness Summer 2019 briefing.

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May 28

The Port Commission approved a motion to formalize the Duwamish Valley Community Equity Program and its collaboration with Duwamish Valley communities to strengthen community-port capacity building and improve environmental health.

The Commission also authorized the establishment of a two-year pilot program for On-Demand Taxi/Flat-Rate For-Hire Service at Sea-Tac Airport, and authorized a resolution to create a Sea-Tac Airport ground transportation policy directive.

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In the Media

New Seattle restaurant openings include Sea-Tac Airport eateries

Seattle Times shared that your flight delay just got more interesting now that Sea-Tac introduced a new roster of eateries.

Washington seaports set record for April

Transportation Today shared that The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA), a marine cargo operating partnership of the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, set a record in April for international container volumes.

Ovation of the Seas is part of a growing number of ships boosting economic impact in Seattle

Kiro7 and  Seattle Times shared that Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas arrived at Pier 91on Friday, picking up passenger for a seven-day roundtrip to Alaska.

Inside the new International Arrivals Facility at Sea-Tac

Port of Seattle officials recently gave KIRO 7 a tour of the vast arrivals area where passengers coming in from overseas will pick up their bags and meet with border agents.

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Construction and trade workers building our International Arrivals Facility (IAF) celebrated a construction milestone last week, marking “one year to substantial completion” for Clark Construction.

The Port of Seattle welcomed Royal Carribean International’s Ovation of the Seas, the largest cruise vessel on the West Coast.

Learn about Port Valet, a best kept travel secret.

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Photos by Don Wilson and Port staff.

Stay tuned for our next issue of Connections June 21.