Posted March 23, 2020

On March 23, Gov. Jay Inslee announced enhanced strategies to mitigate the COVID-19 outbreak. These include a “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” order to further enhance social distancing. All non-essential businesses must close within 48 hours unless employees can work from home.

Port of Tacoma commissioners selected John McCarthy as commission president and co-chair of The Northwest Seaport Alliance for 2020.

Mark Miller has joined the Port of Tacoma to lead the information technology team.

A public meeting is scheduled for Jan. 15 about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Tacoma Harbor Navigation Improvement Project draft feasibility report and draft environmental assessment (EA). Sessions begin at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Moore Branch of the Tacoma Public Library in Tacoma, Washington.

The Port of Tacoma, The Northwest Seaport Alliance, Port of Seattle, Washington State Ferries, NOAA, and the Puget Sound Partnership co-convened a workshop of a broad range of experts and interests to identify ways to reduce underwater noise in effort to support recovery of the endangered population of Southern Resident killer whales. Underwater noise can be harmful to Southern Resident orcas because it impedes their ability to use sonar to hunt prey and communicate. 

The Port of Tacoma’s 2018 centennial celebration earned five awards from the American Association of Port Authorities’ (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.