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Inside Line: Alaska open for business

INSIDE LINE Port of Tacoma's e-news update.
September 12, 2011

In this issue:



On the agenda

Contracts, lease and public hearing top Thursday's agenda
At their Sept. 15 meeting, commissioners are expected to consider contract amendments for engineering support and legal services, and authorize a three-year contract for state lobbying services.

Other items for scheduled for consideration include a $50,000 settlement agreement for cleanup costs related to the Port's 26-acre Place of Circling Waters habitat site and a lease with Forest Marketing Enterprises for 17 acres for log storage and handling.

The meeting also includes a public hearing on amendments to the Port's State Environmental Policy Act policies and procedures, and an update on the City of Tacoma's proposed changes to its Shoreline Master Program.

See the full agenda.

The commission meeting begins 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.

In the community

Show nature some love at Green Tacoma Day
At the fourth annual Green Tacoma Day Sept. 24, join other volunteers to protect and restore Julia's Gulch and Gog-le-hi-te wetlands, as well as 12 other parks, habitats and open space. Cleanup activities run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Find a list of sites and a description of the work on the Cascade Land Conservancy's website.

To volunteer, contact Richard Madison with Metro Parks Tacoma at (253) 752-2596 or RichardM@tacomaparks.com

Around the industry

Alaska open for business, governor tells Tacoma
Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell recounted links between his state and Tacoma during his Monday visit, and said Alaska's door is open for more Puget Sound business.

While other states struggle with the stalled economy, he said, Alaska has lowered business-related taxes and streamlined permitting processes to attract more business. "Bottom line: when Alaska prospers, the Puget Sound prospers," he told the Transportation Club. The governor also met with Port of Tacoma businesses during a roundtable session.

He pointed to oil, natural gas, hydropower and transportation projects as opportunities for Puget Sound businesses. "You already know Alaska," he said. "Invest in who you know; invest in what you know."

Survey seeks input on Port's strategic plan, branding
Take part in an online survey by Sept. 16 to provide input toward the Port's strategic plan and brand identity. The Port is developing a strategic plan to guide the organization in its next chapter of economic growth and business success. Hand in hand with this effort, the Port is also examining its brand and identity.

The Port will host open houses in the future to review the draft strategic plan before it goes to the commission for adoption in March. To learn more about the process, subscribe to the Port's strategic planning mailing list

Industry trends highlighted at Sept. 13 Propeller Club dinner
The Port of Tacoma's business development team will discuss how trends in the economy and the industry are impacting the Port and its customers at the Tacoma Propeller Club's Sept. 13 meeting.

Andy Tatara will present the perspective from Asia, while Sue Coffey, Vince Sullivan and Jack Woods will talk about their respective regions of the U.S. Networking begins at 5:30 p.m. at the La Quinta Inn and Suites in Tacoma. Dinner and the program begin at 6:30 p.m.

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