Government affairs

Our commissioners and staff regularly discuss issues related to international trade with elected officials and partner with economic development-oriented organizations to jointly advocate for these issues.

2020 State legislative agenda

Remedial Action Grants

The port is seeking $3.8 million in Remedial Action Grant funding to fund several remediation projects under agreed orders initiated by the state. These sites include:

  • The Earley Business Center
  • 721 Alexander Avenue property
  • Portac property

State Route 167 completion

The port supports the on-time implementation of State Route 167 completion project, including efforts to address the existing $110 million shortfall in the Puget Sound Gateway Program.

Shore power infrastructure

The port supports redirecting a capital budget appropriation of $1.1 million from The Northwest Seaport Alliance's Clean Truck Program to a shore power infrastructure investment at Husky Container Terminal.

SEPA and greenhouse gas limits

The port supports efforts by the Washington Public Ports Association to obtain clarity on what constitutes “significant” greenhouse gas emissions from development projects and how developers might mitigate for those emissions under the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).

2020 local legislative agenda

Preserving maritime and manufacturing lands

Support local land use and transportation policies, including long range plans such as subarea planning, that maintain or enhance maritime and manufacturing lands, and the critical road and rail infrastructure required for freight mobility. The goals being to preserve industrial lands, freight mobility, allow for the anticipated development of marine cargo facilities and support the growth of related family-wage jobs.

Improving and maintaining the regional freight systems

Support and work with our jurisdictional partners in obtaining grant funding that enhances freight corridors that improve the competitiveness of port properties, benefits the local community and improves safety, including the Interstate 5/Port of Tacoma Road Interchange Phase 2 project. Work with local jurisdictions to coordinate and communicate infrastructure projects to minimize freight and workforce commute impacts.

Future transportation infrastructure projects

Work with local transportation jurisdictions including Sound Transit and Washington State Department of Transportation to ensure new infrastructure projects have limited negative impacts to freight mobility/capacity and provide increased safety for all users.


Who to contact

Federal and state
Sean Eagan

Local government
Evette Mason