The view of the Coast Guard’s icebreakers at their home port in Seattle, with T-Mobile Park in the background. (Greg Scruggs Photo)
For a software engineer commuting via bike from West Seattle to downtown, waiting for semi-trucks while crossing the access road that leads into the Port of Seattle’s Terminal 18 at Harbor Island may feel like a nuisance. But that kind of daily interaction between Seattle’s high-tech economy and its roots as a working port is a rare combination in a 21st century city, and one that has the potential to be mutually reinforcing, according to local maritime industry leaders.
“Most states have essentially abandoned their working waterfronts for gentrification,” said Washington State Rep. Gael Tarleton, whose district includes the maritime industrial zones in Ballard, Interbay, and Smith Cove.
Tarleton spoke on board an Argosy Cruises boat leading a binational delegation of U.S.-Canadian business executives and political officials on a tour of Seattle’s working waterfront earlier this month hosted by the Pacific Northwest Economic Region (PNWER) as part of its Economic Leadership Forum.
PNWER is a binational economic cooperation forum headquartered in Seattle. Chartered by statute from state and provincial legislatures, it encompasses Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Northwest Territories, Oregon, …read more