Port of Seattle - Edwards, Pearse

A new year brings a new Washington State legislative session, and more opportunities to promote economic opportunities and quality of life in the region by advancing the Port's mission in an equitable, accountable, and environmentally responsible manner.  

Legislative advocacy plays a critical role in the Port’s work. Legislation provides funding for large-scale efficiency and sustainability projects, creates valuable incentives and policy direction, and gives the Port authority to work in critical areas like career development for Port-related fields.   

During last year's Washington state legislative session, the Port successfully advocated for the greenest transportation package in the state’s history, funding for the Port’s Pier 66 Shore Power Project, critical investments in Maritime High School, carbon emission reduction policies, workforce training and education, and freight mobility funding.  

Every year the Port Commission adopts policy priorities that direct efforts for the upcoming session.  This year Commissioners adopted the state legislative priorities agenda on November 8.   

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