Summit Awards, 10-year strategic plan headline Port of Tacoma’s annual breakfast

Retail industry trends and an update on the Port of Tacoma’s 10-year strategic plan top the menu at the Port of Tacoma Annual Breakfast on Thurs., May 23. The two-hour event begins at 7:30 a.m. at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, located at 1500 Broadway, in downtown Tacoma.

Attendees will hear about the state of the economy, prospects for U.S. West Coast ports, and how technology and consumer demand influence the retail supply chain. Speakers include Walter Kemmsies, chief economist at Moffatt and Nichol, and Lisa LaBruno, senior vice president of retail operations at the Retail Industry Leaders Association. Port of Tacoma CEO John Wolfe will also report on the progress tallied in the first year toward the measures of the Port of Tacoma’s strategic plan.

The Port of Tacoma will also recognize this year’s Summit Award recipients. The honors recognize Port of Tacoma customers and tenants who have made outstanding contributions to Port of Tacoma business and the community. This year’s categories and nominees are:

Business Magnet, which recognizes business development efforts or investments that led to an increase in business volume or new business opportunities for the Port of Tacoma, and had a positive economic impact for Pierce County citizens. Nominees include Citadel Marine Center, Emerald Home Furnishings, Regal Logistics, SAFE Boats, Tripak, and Washington United Terminals;

Environmental Stewardship, which recognizes a project, program or initiative that promoted sustainability in Pierce County, and honors biodiversity and the interconnected nature of industry, people, wildlife and natural systems. Nominees include Evergreen Line, Trident Seafood, and Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics;

Livable Community, which recognizes a project, program or initiative that made a positive contribution to Pierce County through social responsibility. Criteria include philanthropy and charitable giving, community service and employee volunteering, community engagement and outreach, and employee development. Nominees include APM Terminals, Targa Sound Terminal, and the Transportation Club of Tacoma.

Summit Awards recipients are chosen by a selection committee that includes Don Meyer, president of the Port of Tacoma commission; Marilyn Strickland, mayor of Tacoma; and Debbie Fischer, president of the Customs Brokers and Freight Forwarders Association of Washington State.

Tickets for the Port of Tacoma Annual Breakfast are $30 at the door (if seats are available). The price includes breakfast and parking in the convention center’s parking garage or lots A, B, D or E. For questions about registration, contact Mariam Anderson at the World Trade Center Tacoma at (253) 396-1022 or manderson@wtcta.org.