Port of Tacoma’s Local Economic Development Investment Fund helps historical society restore 88-year-old Browns Point Lighthouse.
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.
Among the largest container ports in the U.S., the Port of Tacoma is a naturally deepwater port located on Commencement Bay in south Puget Sound. A diverse array of maritime and industrial-related businesses and facilities are located across 2,500 acres of port-owned property, including several major container terminals (managed by The Northwest Seaport Alliance) where some of the world’s largest container shipping lines call. An important economic engine in Pierce County, real estate and marine cargo operations at the Port of Tacoma support more than 42,000 jobs and $3 billion in labor income.
As we come to the end of Women’s History Month 2023, join us in celebrating six local trail blazing women who claimed their place on the working waterfront as some of the first female longshore workers at the Port of Tacoma. In this interview, Bev Berge, Danna Daniel, Kalayah Kelly, Meghan Mason, Gail Ross, and Lynn Scott share stories of breaking down barriers and how longshoring has shaped their lives.
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