Creating opportunities for the next generation
Workforce development is an essential component of economic development with an interconnected set of solutions to meet employment needs. It includes a wide range of activities, policies, and programs to create, sustain and retain a viable workforce that can support current and future business and industry.
The Port of Tacoma is committed to cultivating a robust workforce in collaboration with economic development partners, tenants, industry businesses, educational institutions, elected officials and community members. This includes career-launch opportunities in the construction, manufacturing, maritime, and logistics trades with an emphasis on opportunities that support the creation of an inclusive community.
Workforce development is critical to achieving the Port of Tacoma’s primary mission to serve as an economic development agency generating quality, family-wage jobs and economic growth for the region and increasing operational efficiency and economic mobility.
Read the Workforce Development Strategic Plan for more detailed information.
"The Port’s workforce development strategies were developed to create more pathways for local youth and young adults to get hands-on experience and build bridges to opportunities for meaningful, well-paying jobs in maritime and skilled trades." -- Don Meyer, Port of Tacoma Commission President