Port of Tacoma’s Local Economic Development Investment Fund helps historical society restore 88-year-old Browns Point Lighthouse.
Aboard the M/V Doolin-Rogers, it’s not just a sea voyage.

It’s a journey.

“I'm stoked, man. It's so cool. I want to be a marine biologist,” said Ayla Macary, a student at Tacoma Public Schools’ Science and Math Institute.

Dreams are nurtured aboard the Doolin-Rogers, the new training vessel of the Youth Marine Foundation, which is based at the Tacoma Youth Marine Center on Port of Tacoma property.
For Vanessa Walker, it was a big moment.

Walker became interested in welding by watching videos, and on an early December visit to the Port of Tacoma’s maintenance building got a chance to try it for the first time.

“That was pretty cool. I can definitely see myself doing this as a career,” Walker said.

Walker attends Willie Stewart Academy and joined a group of high school students on their second tour of the Port, which focused on the variety of jobs in the maintenance department.

Port of Tacoma maintenance staff showed the students how to weld and talked about career opportunities at the Port and in the maritime and industrial trades.
In the digital age, there’s something magical about a place like the Washington State Archives. Deep in the vault of the Puget Sound Regional Branch in Bellevue, history is preserved the old-fashioned way. Rod Koon made many visits to the archive's office, digging into the Port of Tacoma’s first century.
As four interns wrap up their summer working at the Port of Tacoma, each found professional growth and newly opened doors. The internship program was the Port’s first in three years because of COVID-19, with more than 25 students applying for each position. 
After a groundbreaking career focused on service to others and community connections, Louis P. Cooper, Jr. has retired from the Port of Tacoma. Cooper leaves the Port at the end of August after 18 years, retiring from his role as Senior Director for Security and Social Responsibility.
The Port of Tacoma’s most recent Pride Month proclamation called on the people of Pierce County “to recognize the achievements of the LGBTQ+ community, to celebrate the great diversity of the American people, and to wave their flags of pride high.”
​​​​​​​Port of Tacoma commissioners on June 20 unanimously approved a $30,000 investment in the Tideflats Certification Program run by Tacoma Public Schools, which will support doubling the capacity of this summer’s program to serve approximately 150 students.
Sometimes, all it takes is a spark.

As ninth graders from Tacoma’s Lincoln High School toured the Port of Tacoma earlier this month, the possibilities of a future maritime career felt very real.

“I’m getting to know about all these new job opportunities that I didn’t know we had here,” student Amanyah Jones said in a video produced by Tacoma Public Schools. “Everything’s just interesting to me.”
What do a university dean, contract manufacturer, and chamber of commerce president have in common? All three made valuable connections with international partners at the World Trade Center Tacoma’s (WTCT) most recent trade mission to Vietnam.
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