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Northwest Seaport Alliance CEO touts 40 percent of jobs in Washington state tied to trade

Summary

The Ports of Seattle and Tacoma serve as a critical gateway to industrial and agricultural exporters not just in Eastern Washington, but across the country who need to access foreign markets to sell their goods

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Metropolitan King County Councilmember Pete von Reichbauer hosted Northwest Seaport Alliance CEO John Wolfe at his August “Good Eggs” breakfast. The group was joined by South King County civic and business leaders at Auburn’s Phoenix Rising Café.

Wolfe provided an overview of the recent alliance between the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma, emphasizing the shared culture and history of their working waterfronts that helped bring the two together. Following the alliance, the Northwest Seaport Alliance is now the 4th largest gateway in all of North America for container trade.

Wolfe spoke about the important role the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma play in our regional economy. 40 percent of Washington state jobs are tied to trade. The Ports of Seattle and Tacoma serve as a critical gateway to industrial and agricultural exporters not just in Eastern Washington, but across the country who need to access foreign markets to sell their goods.

During his presentation, Wolfe also discussed changing industry trends such as consolidation and e-commerce that have increased competition, as well as the potential effects of tariffs and the critical role South King County plays in the supply chain both as an agriculture exporter and freight corridor.

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 (L –R) von Reichbauer, Federal Way Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Tammy Campbell, Northwest Seaport Alliance CEO John Wolfe, Seattle Port Commissioner Peter Steinbrueck  (L-R) Port of Seattle Commissioner Ryan Calkins, Auburn Mayor Nancy Backus, Port of Seattle Commissioner Peter Steinbrueck, Port of Tacoma Commissioner John McCarthy, Northwest Seaport Alliance CEO John Wolfe, von Reichbauer.

 

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