Oct
30
2013

Helping Seattle Terminal Operators Improve their Competitiveness

Twice in the last week, I have been explaining the dynamics of the global container shipping industry to constituents, to which they replied, “Oh, just like the pro sports teams.” Well, not exactly. Washington State is the most trade-dependent state in the union, and the state’s public port authorities support a trade economy that last year saw $75.6 billion in products being exported by Washington businesses. But the analogy is apt in the sense that [...]

Oct
22
2013

Encourage People to Vote Creighton for Port!

The below letter can be used to easily tell your friends and colleagues about why you’re voting to re-elect John Creighton to the Seattle Port Commission. Please cut and paste, add your name to the bottom, and pass it along to everyone you know in King County. He really needs your help! Dear Friend, What do you think of when you hear “Port of Seattle?” I know that the Port is rarely on your radar, [...]

Aug
30
2013

WPPA's Highlights in Public Service: John Creighton and the Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board

Reprinted below is a profile of Commissioner Creighton that ran in the August 2013 Members Letter of the Washington Public Ports Association: In continuing our profiles of port commissioners and staff who serve on various boards and commissions throughout the state, WPPA’s August highlight is John Creighton, Port of Seattle Commissioner and Freight Mobility Strategic Investment Board (FMSIB) member. Commissioner Creighton was first appointed to FMSIB in 2006 by Governor Christine Gregoire and is one [...]

Aug
24
2013

How Boating Tax Policy in Washington State Is Hurting Maritime Industrial Jobs

Last Thursday, I drove down to Centralia with fellow commissioner Tom Albro. We participated in a strategy session with officials from other tourism-oriented ports in Washington State about what role public port authorities should play in the new statewide tourism promotion effort being spearheaded by the Washington Tourism Alliance. Participating in the meeting in addition to Seattle were the ports of Anacortes, Chelan, Everett, Port Townsend, Skagit and Walla Walla. Tourism is Washington State’s fourth [...]

Aug
16
2013

Leveling the Playing Field for Puget Sound Ports: Fixing the Harbor Maintenance Tax

Last year, over $8.6 billion in agricultural products were exported by Washington farmers and food processors. Combine that with a thriving manufacturing sector led by Boeing, and it’s not surprising that Washington is the only state in the union that has a trade surplus with China. In fact, four out of every ten jobs in Washington State are based on trade. It is therefore critical that we keep our region’s trade gateways competitive. Yet US [...]

Aug
1
2013

Welcoming the Northern Leader to the Port of Seattle, the Newest Addition to the North Pacific Fishing Fleet

Yesterday I had the honor of speaking on behalf of the Seattle Port Commission and staff at the christening of Alaskan Leader Fisheries’ newest vessel, and the latest addition to the North Pacific Fleet, the Northern Leader. The number of dignitaries with whom I shared the podium was both humbling and a good indication of what an important milestone the christening of the Northern Leader is for the North Pacific fishing fleet and the economies [...]

Jul
24
2013

Commission Vote to Approve Initial Design Work on a New International Arrivals Facility Is Good News for Travelers, Good News for the Region

Today the Commission unanimously approved $3.5 million funding for design and other preliminary work on a new International Arrivals Facility (IAF) at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The Commission decided to move forward with this project in view of the extraordinary growth in international passenger traffic at Sea-Tac Airport over the last decade. Since 2004, international passenger traffic has grown by 59%, and the airport has added more international services since 2007 than any other airport on [...]

Jul
23
2013

Commissioner Creighton Praises State Officials for Supporting Washington Tourism Alliance Bridge Funding

With signing of the state budget last month, $1 million in short-term bridge funds will be allocated to the Washington Tourism Alliance to continue its critical work to maintain and grow Washington State tourism. In approving the bridge funding, Governor Inslee and the State Legislature made a critical first step in transitioning statewide tourism promotion to a sustainable, privately-funded model. The economic health of the Port of Seattle and our region heavily depends on the [...]

Jun
28
2013

What Will Regional Prosperity Look Like in 25 Years?

What will prosperity in the Puget Sound region look like 25 years from now? The Port Commission’s Century Agenda – our 25-year plan to add 100,000 new port-related jobs to the region – includes goals to triple the value of outbound cargo out of our seaport, to make Sea-Tac Airport the west coast gateway of choice for international travel and to double the economic impact of the cruise industry to Washington State. Read what I [...]

Jun
22
2013

Strengthening the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy: A Collaborative Effort by Seattle, Tacoma and Vancouver to Improve Air Quality

During my first stint as Port Commission President in 2007-2008, the Port of Seattle, along with the Port of Tacoma and Port Metro Vancouver, developed and implemented an international ports clean air program, the first of its kind. Named the “Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy,” it is an unprecedented collaborative effort among three ports in two different countries (but which share the same airshed), the US and Canadian federal and state regulators, and private businesses [...]

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