I have served on the Seattle Port Commission since 2006, and as commissioner I have focused on working to keep the Port strong as a regional jobs creation engine, while making it a more publicly accountable, environmentally sustainable operation.
I worked hard early in my tenure to bring the business and environmental communities together behind the idea that an economically vibrant port equals an environmentally sustainable port, and I am proud that during my first year as Commission President in 2007 the Port of Seattle set the goal to be “the greenest, cleanest, most energy efficient port in North America.” I have also championed transportation issues important to moving our region’s economy forward, and in 2006 was honored to be appointed by Governor Chris Gregoire to the State Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board.
As I reflect on 2013, I am honored that King County voters continue to put their faith in me to help keep the Port a vibrant economic engine for our region. The campaign’s message that we all need to work together to keep the Port of Seattle competitive and to broaden the economic opportunities that the Port creates across all communities resounded with voters throughout the region.
We have a strong, collaborative Commission and experienced executive team entering 2014, and we have a number of tasks to complete in the new year. We will be working hard to implement the early initiatives needed to accomplish our Century Agenda goal to help create 100,000 new port-related jobs in the next 25 years. We will also be starting the search process for a new executive director with the coming retirement of Tay Yoshitani.
I look forward to working for you over the next four years to keep the Port of Seattle a vibrant jobs creation engine for our region.