From the Wires
John Creighton Praises the Seattle Port Commission's Century Agenda
The Seattle Port Commission on Tuesday approved an aggressive 25-year program that positions the Port of Seattle as a leader to help create 100,000 new jobs in the region while reducing the port's environmental footprint.
By: PR Newswire
Dec. 10, 2012 05:30 AM
SEATTLE PORT, Wash., Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- "We established bold but achievable goals for the port and regional stakeholders in our Century Agenda," said John Creighton, Seattle Port Commissioner. "It builds on the 100 plus year role the port has played in creating economic growth for the Puget Sound region and the state of Washington. The Commission thanks the hundreds of citizens who worked with us to a set a path forward for the next 25 years."
To achieve its objectives, the Century Agenda identifies four strategies for the port to pursue with its business partners and stakeholders augmented by four regional initiatives that identify near-term opportunities for regional coalitions to collaborate and leverage the collective power of a shared agenda.
The port's strategies and objectives include:
The four regional initiatives include:
According to Commissioner Creighton, the Century Agenda's regional initiatives were laid out as they are because they involve broad tasks that the port cannot accomplish alone. "To strengthen access to global supply chains for Northwest businesses, our network of state highways needs to be working efficiently; city governments, particularly Seattle and cities in the Green River Valley, need to be implementing policies that encourage local industrial, trade and logistics businesses to sustain and grow jobs; and area technical colleges need to be offering the right training programs that match the skills taught with the skills needed by modern industrial businesses," said Commissioner Creighton.
A second example cited by Commissioner Creighton is the regional initiative to make Washington a preferred destination for international travelers from countries with direct flights to Sea-Tac Airport. To do that, the port will need to work with local governments from Bellevue and Kirkland to Walla Walla, visitors' bureaus and chambers of commerce from Redmond and Auburn to Spokane, to make sure that the region has the right campaigns in place to market the region to out-of-state and foreign tourists, and the right programs in place to incentivize visitors to stay longer, travel further across the state and spend more money during their visit than they otherwise would have.
"Because we understand that the port cannot accomplish the Century Agenda on our own, the Port Commission has been engaged in intensive outreach to our stakeholders over the last year," said Commissioner Creighton. "We have been meeting with city councils, chambers of commerce, labor officials, academic leaders, environmental advocates, community groups and others to gather feedback on our Century Agenda and see where we have mutual interests whereby we can all benefit by setting and working toward common goals."
If you see a role for your organization or stakeholder group working with the Port of Seattle and other regional partners on the Century Agenda's regional initiatives, please contact Commissioner Creighton or one of his colleagues on the Port Commission.
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