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 term 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.
The Port Commission has set out a 25-year strategic plan to help grow 100,000 new port-related jobs for our region – the Century Agenda – and our efforts are paying off. In each of 2010 and 2011, the Port of Seattle saw over 2 million containers come through our seaport. In 2012, a record 33.2 million passengers traveled through Sea-Tac Airport. For the summer 2012 cruise season, we saw a record 933,900 passengers come through our cruise terminals.
I would like to continue serving you on the Seattle Port Commission for the next four years. I would be honored to have your support to continue working on the issues critical to our regional economy and quality of life.