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THE MANIFEST SEPTEMBER 1, 2019

TRENDING: INNOVATIVE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS FOR ENCOURAGING SMALL BUSINESS

There’s no shortage of items a port provides their community - but, a port’s primary goal is to improve quality of life through economic development. Public perception can veer into thinking industry is the only way ports accomplish this, and, for citizens, it can be a disconnect between supporting a port’s mission and instead seeing the port as opposition to achieving quality of life on a day-to-day basis.

Over the past year, small business training opportunities have begun to take a foothold and receive press. Beyond the direct impact of encouraging growth and engaging local entrepreneurs, a side effect is public perception of port activity is showcased as multi-tiered, providing an accessible way for the public to see on a small scale what the port’s economic development mission does for them.

Summer Airfield Events Attract Public Attention to Port Airfields

SPOTLIGHT: SUMMER IN THE SKY - AIRSHOWS BRING ATTENTION TO PORT AIRFIELDS

Taking advantage of blue skies and warm weather, ports throughout the state are hosting airfield events to educate the public (in an enjoyable way!) on the many uses of smaller airports.

Knowing the Waters - A Monthly Column from WPPA Counsel Frank Chmelik

KNOWING THE WATERS: EXECUTIVE SESSIONS

This month’s focus is the on the “best practices” for use of executive sessions allowed under the Open Public Meetings Act (“OPMA”). There is an important change in law related to the discussion of real estate matters in executive sessions that will affect your port.

Executive sessions have been part of the Open Public Meetings Act from its inception in 1971. RCW 42.30.110 contains a list of some fifteen allowed topics. Port districts are typically interested in executive sessions to discuss real estate issues, the performance of public employees, the qualifications for public employment, the qualifications of applicants for an open commission position, and to discuss litigation with the port’s lawyers. Here are what I believe to be “best practices” concerning the use of executive sessions.

UPCOMING EVENTS

ENVIRONMENTAL SEMINAR | September 26-27, 2019 | Campbell's Resort, Chelan

SMALL PORTS SEMINAR | October 24-25, 2019 | Enzian Inn, Leavenworth

ANNUAL MEETING | November 20-22, 2019 | Hotel Murano, Tacoma

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

SR ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT | PORT OF SEATTLE

REGIONAL GOVERNMENT RELATIONS MANAGER | PORT OF SEATTLE

ASSISTANT RESIDENT ENGINEER | PORT OF SEATTLE

DIRECTOR OF REAL ESTATE AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT | PORT OF SEATTLE

SR. ACCOUNTANT | PORT OF SEATTLE

CAPITAL PROJECT MANAGER III | PORT OF SEATTLE

PORTS COORDINATOR (OPERATIONS & POLICY ANALYST 4) | BUSINESS OREGON

LABORER PARKING/FUELER CLEANER | PORT OF SEATTLE

OPERATIONAL READINESS AIRPORT TRANSITION (ORAT) SPECIALIST – LIMITED | PORT OF SEATTLE

PART TIME SECURITY | PORT OF PORT ANGELES

IT INFRASTRUCTURE OPERATIONS TECHNICIAN | PORT OF SEATTLE

REMEDIAL ACTION GRANT OFFICER (ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNER 3) | DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY

MAINTENANCE MANAGER | PORT OF TACOMA

REGULAR SECURITY | PORT OF TACOMA

RELIEF SECURITY | PORT OF TACOMA

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For more information, visit www.washingtonports.org, or email Laura Pettitt.

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