The Port of Tacoma’s 2018 centennial celebration earned five awards from the American Association of Port Authority’s (AAPA) 53rd annual Communications Awards Program.

The Government Finance Officers Association has awarded the Port of Tacoma its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the Port’s 2019 budget document.

The Port of Tacoma Commission approved a total investment of $197,500 for the 2019 Local Economic Development Investment Fund at its meeting Thursday.

We were disappointed to learn earlier today of the governor’s change in position on PSE’s LNG project. While we are still assessing the information, we take the governor at his word that his announcement does not change the rigorous regulatory review process with which the project has already complied.

At today’s special meeting, the Port of Tacoma Commission approved Eric Johnson to serve as executive director of the Port of Tacoma. Johnson has served as the executive director of the Washington Public Ports Association since January 2009. John Wolfe will continue in his role as CEO of The Northwest Seaport Alliance, a marine cargo operating partnership of the ports of Tacoma and Seattle.

On Thursday, April 11, at 11 a.m., the Port of Tacoma Commission will hold a public meeting to vote to proceed with two executive director candidates recommended by the search committee. The two candidates are Todd Coleman of Spokane and Eric Johnson of Olympia.

Port of Tacoma commissioners selected Clare Petrich as commission president for 2019.

The Northwest Seaport Alliance released an economic impact report detailing the benefits of marine cargo to the state of Washington. The combined ports of Seattle and Tacoma make up the fourth-largest container gateway in North America, and directly support 20,100 jobs and $1.9 billion in labor income. The marine cargo industry produced an average annual wage of $95,000 and directly supported $5.9 billion in business output.

The Port of Tacoma and The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA) share the community’s concerns about

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