11b. Memo

2024 Local Regional and Community Engagement Policy Priorities

AGENDA MEMORANDUM                       Item No.         11b 
BRIEFING ITEM                            Date of Meeting      January 23, 2024 

DATE:     January 17, 2024 
TO:        Stephen P. Metruck, Executive Director 
FROM:   Sabrina Bolieu, Regional Government Relations Manager, External Relations 
Dave Kaplan, Local Government Relations Manager, External Relations 
Melissa Parks, Government Relations Policy Analyst, External Relations 
Samantha St. John, East King County Community and Government Relations Manager,
External Relations 
Nate Caminos, Government Relations Director, External Relations 
SUBJECT:  Briefing 2024 Local, Regional and Community Engagement Policy Priorities 
Port of Seattle government relations staff worked with Commissioners, executive team
members, internal subject matter experts, and external stakeholders to develop local, regional
and community engagement policy priorities and partnerships to guide Port advocacy efforts to
fulfill our mission to promote economic opportunities and quality of life in the region by
advancing trade, travel, commerce and job creation in an equitable, accountable and
environmentally responsible manner. 
Throughout 2023, staff worked to execute the 2023 regional and local policy priorities. Progress
was made on many of the priorities, and current and future priorities will continue to be pursued
over the next several years. 
For 2024, the Local and Regional Policy Priorities are organized under the Century Agenda Goals
and Objectives. The Century Agenda is the directional compass for the Port of Seattle that was
introduced in 2012 and updated in 2017 and again in 2020. 
These priorities are accomplished through the development of relationships with local
jurisdictions and regional organizations, by both staff and elected officials, resulting in the
partnerships necessary to successfully accomplish the Port’s goals. Regional engagement through
the Puget Sound Regional Council, the Sound Cities Association, and others are a necessity to
build these relationships. 

Template revised January 10, 2019.

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Meeting Date: January 23, 2024 
Port of Seattle Century Agenda Goals 
Goal 1: Position the Puget Sound as a premier international logistics hub 
Objective 1: Meet the Puget Sound region’s international trade and cargo needs in an efficient
and sustainable manner. 
•    Support the T-5 Phase 2 Agreements and opening in 2024 
•    Continue support of ongoing T-46 Tenancy discussions and the future
WOSCA site 
•    Support freight improvements and the efficiency of the heavy haul
•    Advocate for overnight truck parking and electrification in Seattle and
across the region, including a full truck stop and weigh station in North Bend 
Objective 2: Support the continued success and competitiveness of the NWSA. 
•    Support alignment of goals with the Northwest Seaport Alliance 
•    Continue assurance of no net loss of Industrial Lands 
•    Expand ownership along the waterfront 
Goal 2: Advance this Region as a Leading Tourism Destination and Business Gateway 
Objective 3: Continuously improve the operational efficiency and customer experience at SEA. 
Objective 4: Strengthen the competitiveness of SEA in the regional and global markets. 
•    Continue to educate the local communities in advance of the release of the
SAMP NTP  draft environmental reviews  in Q4 2024, and about their
opportunities to engage 
•    Collaborate with tourism partners to promote responsible tourism that
promotes our natural assets while minimizing cultural and ecological impacts 
•    Promote  key  initiatives  that  connect  tourists  to  special  events  and
offerings throughout the region (including Eastside events like the Bellevue
Bellhop program, Woodinville wine, and the waterfront shuttle) 
•    Work with local and regional partners to build infrastructure and plan for
service  delivery  in  advance  of  the  2026  FIFA  World  Cup  including
improvements at SEA and the Elliot Bay Connections effort 
•    Promote eco-tourism, including responsible outdoor recreation 
Objective 5:  Meet the region’s air transportation needs by delivering vital facilities and
infrastructure in a sustainable and cost-effective manner. 
Goal 3: Responsibly Invest in the Economic Growth of the Region and all its Communities 
Objective 6: Increase career and business opportunities for local communities in all port-related

Template revised June 27, 2019 (Diversity in Contracting).

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Meeting Date: January 23, 2024 
•    Support equitable and inclusive programs to support small businesses like
the Small Business Export Accelerator and the Community Business
Connector Initiative 
•    Advocate for Youth Maritime Workforce Development, CORE plus, and the
Seattle Maritime Academy 
•    Expand Green Job opportunities and retraining of existing skilled workers
to Green Jobs 
•    Explore land acquisition, to expand industrial lands 
Objective 7: Advance maritime industries through innovation, strategic investment and capable
management of Port facilities. 
•    Explore the Port’s involvement and use of Port facilities for alternative
fuels, including hydrogen production, storage and distribution 
•    Explore the use of Port resources to support the offshore wind supply
•    Promote development and support for the Maritime Innovation Center 
•    Develop Terminal 106, and Terminal 91 to support industrial warehousing
and manufacturing 
Objective 8: Expand the economic, cultural and community benefits of Cruise Operations while
preserving industrial lands. 
•    Support the development of a Green Corridor for cruise 
•    Continue  to  explore  expanding  opportunities  for  local  and  diverse
businesses in supplying goods and services to the cruise industry 
Goal 4: Be the Greenest and Most Energy-Efficient Port in North America 
Objective 9: Meet all increased energy needs through conservation and renewable sources. 
Objective 10: Meet or exceed agency requirements for stormwater leaving Port-owned or
operated facilities. 
Objective 11: Reduce air pollutants and carbon emissions. 
•    Support the development of a Green Corridor for Cruise 
•    Advance waterfront electrification efforts, such as shore power at Pier
•    Foster the Clean Truck Collaborative Program led by the NWSA 
•    Continue to further the development of Sustainable Aviation Fuels for
use at SEA 
•    Support the kelp research and restoration efforts with the Seattle
•    Support decarbonization of shipping 
•    Initiate implementation of the Port’s Environmental Land Stewardship

Template revised June 27, 2019 (Diversity in Contracting).

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Meeting Date: January 23, 2024 
Objective 12: Restore, create, and enhance 40 additional acres of habitat in the Green/Duwamish
•    Continue to steward Maritime Parks, especially those in the Duwamish to
support port values and better serve near port communities 
•    Meet our obligations for Duwamish Vision 2050, cleanup of the East
Goal 5: Become a Model for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion 
Objective 13: Increase utilization of WMBE and DBE firms and eliminate disparity of access to
•    Further WMBE and Diversity in Contracting 
•    Implement Portgen Minority Business Accelerator 
•    Support next steps and explore partnerships in the development of a South
King County International Public Market with a final report ready in Spring
Objective 14: Ensure that all internal and external programs, structures and practices provide
equitable opportunities for all. 
•    Meet regularly with Tribal leaders and affiliated organizations in the state
and region to build, strengthen and sustain the government-to-government
and community-to-community relationships with the Port of Seattle 
•    Implementing  the  work  plans  as  developed  in  the  Muckleshoot  and
Suquamish Tribes MOA’s 
•    Further  discussions  and  negotiations  with  Native  American  tribal
governments or tribal governments’ supported entities, such as the Northwest
Indian Fish Commission, in hopes of creating mutually beneficial agreements
and partnerships between the port and those tribal governments 
•    Continue  to  hold  interjurisdictional  meetings  with  the  Beacon  Hill,
Georgetown, and South Park communities and the advancement of the South
Seattle Roundtable series 
•    The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion will lead internal efforts and
provide technical support to Port divisions and departments in order to
advance  the  Port’s  Century  Agenda  via  equity  best  practices  and
environmental justice principles 
•    Support and promote the Duwamish Valley Community Equity Program
and the South King County Community Impact Fund grant programs 
•    Include anti-human trafficking efforts and promote access to services for
human trafficking survivors
•    Begin equitable community engagement in advance of the Part 150 noise
study, including outreach to owners and initiation of inspections for “failed
packages” by Q3 2024 

Template revised June 27, 2019 (Diversity in Contracting).

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Meeting Date: January 23, 2024 

Objective 15: Advance regional workforce development in port-related industries to provide
equitable access to quality careers. 
•    Support the Tribal Engagement Internship Program 
•    Expand   Green   Jobs   strategies   in   Port   sectors,   support   regional
coordination efforts (i.e., inter-governmental, public-private partnerships) for
green jobs workforce development 
•    Support career connected learning programs and education institutions
(Seattle Maritime Academy, Maritime High School, Career and Technical
Education (CTE) programs) 
•    Advocate and explore opportunities to expand the provision of childcare,
to the benefit of Port and airport employees 
•    Continue to support equitable access for BIPOC communities and women
into quality jobs in port sectors with investments in outreach training,
retention, navigation 
•    Support  stronger  collaboration  with  regional  agencies,  the  regional
workforce development boards, and USDOT 
•    Develop stronger industry relations to ensure effective placement of youth
and adults into “in-demand” jobs 
•    Lead conversations with public agencies and employers on developing best
practices  for  respectful  work  sites  to  support  retention  of  historically
underrepresented workers in Port-related industries 
Goal 6: Be a Highly Effective Public Agency 
Objective 16: Advance the Port's dedication to employee engagement, safety, innovation, and
financial stewardship. 
Objective 17: Foster an environment of transparency, accountability, respect, leadership, and
fairness to give Port staff the tools to be exceptional public servants. 
Objective 18: Partner and engage with external stakeholders to build healthy, safe and equitable
•    Engage with local and regional partners and identify opportunities for
collaboration on how to replace infrastructure, in transitioning away from
fossil fuels 
•    Continue to advocate for regulatory approval and transition to PFAS-free
fire-fighting foams 
•    Engage with the community and local and regional partners regarding the
future of North SeaTac Park 
•    Develop the Port’s environmental justice principles with internal and
external stakeholders to further environmental justice goals and ensure
meaningful community engagement for healthier communities 

Template revised June 27, 2019 (Diversity in Contracting).

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Meeting Date: January 23, 2024 

Objective 19: Set the standard for high-quality, cost-effective, and timely delivery of capital
•    Encourage the optimized use of SEA Pre-Conditioned Air Systems 
•    Explore   partnerships   for   SEA   Bike   and   Pedestrian   Commuter
•    Continue the work of the Sound Insulation program to meet the 2026 goal 
•    Promote awareness of Upgrade SEA projects 
(1)      Presentation slides 
January 10, 2023 – The Commission approved amended 2023 Local and Regional Policy
December 13, 2022 – The Commission was briefed on 2023 Local and Regional Policy
March 8, 2022 – The Commission approved the 2022 Local and Regional Policy Priorities 
February 8, 2022 – The Commission was briefed on 2022 Local and Regional Policy Priorities 
January 26, 2021 – The Commission approved the 2021 Local and Regional Policy Priorities. 
January 12, 2021 – The Commission was briefed on 2021 Local and Regional Policy Priorities 
February 25, 2020 – The Commission approved the 2020 Local and Regional Policy Priorities 
February 11, 2020 – The Commission was briefed on 2020 Local and Regional Priorities. 
January 22, 2019 – The Commission approved 2019 Local and Regional Policy Priorities. 
January 8, 2019 – The Commission was briefed on 2019 Local and Regional Policy Priorities. 
February 27, 2018 – The Commission approved 2018 Local and Regional Policy Priorities. 
February 13, 2018 – The Commission was briefed on 2018 Local and Regional Priorities 

Template revised June 27, 2019 (Diversity in Contracting).


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