Study examines economic impacts at Tacoma, Seattle ports

The Port of Tacoma Commission and Port of Seattle Commission will meet in Tacoma this week to discuss the results of a study that aims to highlight the economic impacts both ports have on the local economy.

According to Port officials, Washington is the most trade-driven state in the U.S., with an estimated 40 percent of local jobs tied to the industry, and ports in Seattle and Tacoma play major roles because they are the two largest ports in Washington State.

On Tuesday, commissioners from both ports will hear from Martin Associates Founder Dr. John C. Martin and Community Attributes President Chris Mefford on the results of a joint economic study related to marine cargo activity at both ports. The joint study was prepared by Martin Associates and is a precursor to the release of updated comprehensive economic impact studies for both ports.

The presentation will be made during a public meeting on Tues., Sept. 30, at 10 a.m., at the Fabulich Center (Room 104), located at 3600 Port of Tacoma Road, in Tacoma. The meeting will be streamed online at A copy of the agenda is available online here.