Leaders pledge cooperation on economic development

July 10, 2012

By Staff

King County and Port of Seattle leaders sat down for a rare joint meeting June 18 and proclaimed “an opening act” to a period of increased cooperation between the organizations.

King County Council members and Port of Seattle commissioners discussed the need for regional collaboration to bolster the economy in the Puget Sound region.

In the meeting — the only joint meeting between the groups in recent memory — officials received briefings on long-term plans for both organizations, economic development and international trade.

The council and commission adopted a joint agreement calling for strengthening bonds between King County and the Port of Seattle. Officials pledged to seek opportunities to form joint state and federal legislative agendas, partner on environmental initiatives and transportation planning, and collaborate on economic development and tourism.

“The next 25 years offer so much opportunity for King County, so let’s be smart and strategic in the economic and environmental decisions we make today,” Port of Seattle Commission President Gael Tarleton said in a statement.

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