The awards recognize three categories of leadership:
Business Magnet — A Port of Tacoma customer or member of the supply chain (shipper, transportation or logistics service provider, developer) for business development efforts and investments that lead to recognizable increase in business volume or new business opportunities for the Port of Tacoma, and have a positive economic effect for the citizens of Pierce County.
Environmental Stewardship — A Port of Tacoma customer or tenant for a project, program or initiative that supports Pierce County’s sustainability and honors biodiversity and the interconnected nature of industry, people, wildlife and natural systems.
Livable Community — A Port of Tacoma customer or tenant for a project, program or initiative that demonstrates the business community’s 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.
Past Summit Awards recipients have included Washington United Terminals, Trident Seafoods, Targa Sound Terminal, SAFE Boats, MacMillan-Piper, Totem Ocean Trailer Express, and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23.
Recipients will be chosen by a panel of community and business leaders, led by a Port of Tacoma commissioner. In addition to recognition as a Summit Award winner, recipients receive a Summit Award flag and plaque to mark the organization as a top performer; listing on a plaque at the Port of Tacoma’s administrative offices as a Summit Award winner, and inclusion in Port of Tacoma communications.
The Port of Tacoma is accepting nominations for the 2014 Summit Awards until 5 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 13. Nominations may be sent to Larry Kvidera via e-mail at email@example.com, via fax at (253) 593-4534, or by mail at Port of Tacoma Summit Awards, P.O. Box 1837, Tacoma, WA 98401-1837.
Award recipients will be announced at the Port of Tacoma’s Annual Breakfast on Weds., April 9, at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. More information is available online at portoftacoma.com/summits.