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Economic Development

For the past 100 years, the Port of Seattle has created jobs, facilities and public spaces that benefit the community and the region economically. Beginning with acquiring privately held waterfront piers and railroad properties and transferring them to business, public and community uses, King County and areas far beyond have benefited from the port's mission of creating economic vitality.
The Port of Seattle retained Martin Associates to evaluate the economic impacts generated by the Seattle seaport, Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the port’s non-maritime and non-aviation tenants, based on business activity data collected in 2007-2008. The firm has conducted similar studies at more than 250 seaports and most major airports in North America. Martin Associates also conducted economic impact studies of the Port of Seattle in 1987, 1993, 1999 and 2005. 

The Century Agenda

In 2011, Port of Seattle commissioners engaged community leaders and industry experts in dialog about the future of the port and our region, to develop a strategic plan for the future. This plan will guide decision-making and business direction in the years to come, and will be rolled out to employees and the community during 2012. Read more.



Michael Tong
Corporate Budget Manager
(206) 787 3321

Economic impact report

Economic impact brochure