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Inside Line: Port of Tacoma News, Nov. 29, 2011

In this issue:

On the agenda

Contracts, managing assets and pontoons on Thursday's agenda
Commissioners are scheduled at their Dec. 1 meeting to consider a contract for security enhancements, as well as contract amendments for environmental cleanup work and construction repairs.

The amendments include work associated with the cleanup of the former Kaiser Aluminum Smelter site, removing contaminated soil at the former Arkema property and structural repairs to a Port-owned building. Commissioners will also hear an update on the Washington State Department of Transportation's State Route 520 pontoon project, which will include Tacoma construction jobs.

A study session about the Port's asset management program and geographic information system (GIS) will follow the action agenda.

See the full agenda.

Commission meetings begin at noon in Room 104 of The Fabulich Center, 3600 Port of Tacoma Rd. Meetings are available live and on demand from the Port's website.

State auditor's report to be reviewed Dec. 6
The audit committee is scheduled to review the state auditor's 2010 Accountability and Compliance Audit Report Dec. 6. The quarterly meeting also includes a review of the Port's annual financial audit and proposed 2012 meeting dates.

See the full agenda.

The audit committee meeting begins at 9 a.m. in Room 104 of The Fabulich Center, 3600 Port of Tacoma Rd. Meetings are available live and on demand from the Port's website

In the community

Join public officials Dec. 7 at annual Chamber reception
Kick off the holiday season Dec. 7 with local public officials at the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber's annual reception. Chat with council members, commissioners and legislators over wine, hors d'oeuvres and dessert from 5 to 8 p.m. at Hotel Murano, 1320 Broadway in Tacoma.

Cost is $30 for chamber members and $45 for non-members. Register online or contact Janice Hutchins at janiceh@tacomachamber.org or (253) 627-2175, ext. 100. Online registration ends 48 hours before the event.

Share your ideas for future shoreline access
Several sites on the Tacoma Tideflats provide the community with places to enjoy the beauty of our region and the jobs that help sustain it. The Port's public access sites include a kayak launch along Marine View Drive, a three-story observation tower on the Sitcum Waterway and a wetland habitat on the Puyallup River. Learn more.

The Port is currently developing a plan to identify future opportunities to provide the public with access to the shoreline. Tell us what you think about the Port's existing sites and your ideas for the future in this short survey

Around the industry

Exports strong, imports continue decline due to economy
About 70 percent of the Port of Tacoma's containerized exports originate in Washington state, with about half being agricultural products. Full export containers through Tacoma rose 15 percent year to date through October.

The Port handled 1.2 million 20-foot equivalent units (TEUs) through last month, a 2 percent increase. Full import containers declined 2 percent during the same time period. Slowing imports continue to reflect tightened consumer spending, as the economy lags. See all cargo stats.


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