The Port of Tacoma is considered an "economic engine" for the region. A study released in July 2005 highlighted the Port's economic impact at both the local and state level:
Washington State is the most trade-dependent state in the nation -- one out of three jobs are related to international trade.
Download the full text of the Economic Impact Study (PDF, 328 kb).
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The study was completed by Martin Associates, a Pennsylvania-based firm that has conducted similar economic impact studies for ports throughout the United States. This study is based on the Port's year 2004 activity levels, a variety of economic analysis models, and more than 600 phone interviews with Port tenants, users, and service providers. Doug Ljungren, the Port's former business planning manager, was the project manager for the study.