More than 300 maritime industry leaders attened the 2014 Maritime Industry Economic Forecast Breakfast at Pacific Marine Expo. The event was presented by the North Seattle Industrial Association, Seattle Propeller Club, Port of Seattle, Seattle Marine Business Coalition, Marine Exchange of Puget Sound, and King County Maritime businesses.
The purpose of the breakfast is to bring leaders together to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the area’s workboat and fishing industries and to showcase our region’s important maritime industry.
Rep. Gael Tarleton, Washington State House, 36th Legislative District
2015 Washington State Legislative initiatives and priorities
Port of Seattle Commissioner Courtney Gregoire & Port of Tacoma Commissioner Clare Petrich
Ted Fick, CEO, Port of Seattle
2015 Opportunities for the Port of Seattle
Economic Studies - Chris Mefford, President & CEO, Community Attributes
1. The combined economic impacts of cargo at the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma
2. The economic impact of fishing, cruise and recreational boating at the Port of Seattle
Rear Admiral Richard Gromlich, Commander, 13th Coast Guard District
2015 challenges and opportunities facting the Coast Guard
Steve Sewell, Washington State Maritime Sector Lead
Challenges and opportunities facing our State's maritime industry
King County, Washington, is the region’s center for workboats, the fishing industry and shipyards. It’s home to thousands of maritime businesses, which employ more than 250,000 people.
To support the growth of current maritime businesses and to attract new maritime businesses, local business associations, businesses, labor and government agencies have partnered together.
Our King County Maritime Matters. We have a great story to tell about a thriving and growing economic sector. About environmental stewardship efforts and community involvement. And about being a partner in solving regional issues such as freight mobility, transportation, land use, economic competitiveness and workforce development.
We are a Five Star Working Waterfront
1. Significant Economic Impact - The region’s maritime industry cluster makes a significant contribution to our regional and global economies.
2. Quality Jobs - The industry offers well-paying family wage jobs and diverse career opportunities.
3. Excellent Products and Services - The maritime cluster delivers excellent products and services with the highest level of customer service.
4. Commitment to Sustainability - The industry is committed to environmental sustainability and the long term health and vitality of the community.
5. Growing the Working Waterfront - Our region is passionate about the maritime industry, growing the working waterfront economic sector and building strong working partnerships between businesses, labor, the community and government.
King County Maritime is not another association, it’s a movement to give the industry a voice. We invite your participation and support!
Check out the more than 130 King County Maritime businesses and organizations who exhibited at the 2014 Pacific Marine Expo here. Overall, nearly 30% of all exhibitors at the Expo have a King County address.