Port Commission Elects Slate of Officers for Centennial Year
Century Agenda, clean air programs also on agenda
In the first meeting of the Port of Seattle's centennial year, Commissioner Bill Bryant was elected again by his colleagues to serve as president of the Port of Seattle Commission. Bryant, elected to the commission in 2007, will serve an unprecedented third consecutive term in the role. Commissioner Rob Holland, elected in 2009, will serve as vice president of the body.
"In three years, the Port of Seattle has transformed into a more efficient, transparent and accountable organization," Bryant said. "These reforms have put us on solid financial ground and enabled us to continue generating jobs for the region."
Commissioners also established a framework for completing the port's strategic planning process. The Century Agenda process began in 2008 when expert panels developed guiding principles in the areas of sustainability, social responsibility, real estate and land use, and funding. Those principles were adopted by the commission in 2009. In 2011, they will be integrated into quantifiable objectives - some with completion dates within five years, others ranging to 25 years for implementation. The effort will be completed as part of port's centennial celebration.
Finally, the board passed a motion to consider new components for the Port of Seattle's clean air programs, part of the Northwest Ports Clean Air Strategy. The strategy, adopted in 2008, establishes emissions reduction goals for ocean-going vessels, cargo-handling equipment, trucks, and rail. Each program has benchmarks, and goals for the clean truck program must currently be met by 2017. The motion, introduced by Commissioner Gael Tarleton, calls for development of "clean trade" incentive programs for companies participating in the port's clean air programs; consideration of a clean fuels tax incentive for truck drivers and companies; and proposes a new deadline of 2015 for the clean truck portion of the strategy.
About the Port of Seattle: For 100 years, the Port of Seattle has served King County as an economic engine, creating jobs and investing in the region's economic success. Learn more about the port's centennial at www.portseattle100.org/