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Century Agenda: Strategic Objectives

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Like the North Star, the Century Agenda is the directional compass for the Port of Seattle, and a constant amidst change. Introduced in 2012 to mark the 100 year anniversary of the Port, the Commission adopted the Century Agenda to establish the Port’s ambitious vision for the next 25 years. It contains six goals that set the course for the organization and a sound structural framework that helps operating divisions set tactical objectives to keep the Port on track to its destination.

The Port Commission currently is soliciting feedback to help inform the final strategic plan and guide operating divisions as they set their annual work plans and programs.

The Port last updated its Century Agenda on December 19, 2017 when it added Scope 2 carbon reduction goals to supplement the previous addition of Scope 1 and Scope 3 goals. Since this document update, Commission and Port priorities and strategies have evolved to address urgent needs and opportunities in our community.

Members of the public are invited to review the current and proposed Century Agenda and submit feedback to the Port.  Submit your feedback to centuryagenda@portseattle.org by September 18.
Goal 1: Position the Puget Sound region as a premier international logistics hub
Objectives:
Current Proposed New
  1. Grow seaport annual container volume to more than 3.5 million TEUs.
  2. Structure the Port of Seattle’s relationship with Washington ports to optimize infrastructure investments and financial returns.
  3. Triple air cargo volume to 750,000 metric tons.
  4. Triple the value of our outbound cargo to over $50 billion.
  5. Double the economic value of the fishing and maritime cluster.
  1. Meet the Puget Sound region's international trade and cargo needs in an efficient and sustainable manner.
  2. Support the continued success and competitiveness of the NWSA.

 

Goal 2: Advance this region as a leading tourism destination and business gateway
Objectives:
Current Proposed New
  1.  Make Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) the west coast “Gateway of Choice” for international travel.

  2. Double the number of international flights and destinations.

  3. Meet the region’s air transportation needs at SEA for the next 25 years.

  4. Double the economic value of cruise traffic to Washington state.

  1. Strengthen the competitiveness of SEA in the regional and global marketplace.

  2. Continuously improve operational efficiency and customer experience at SEA.
     

 

Goal 3: Responsibly Invest in the Economic Growth of the Region and all its Communities (Updated Goal)
Objectives: 
Proposed New
  1. Advance Maritime Industries through innovation, strategic investment and capable management of Port facilities.

  2. Expand economic, cultural and community benefits of maritime operations and tourism while preserving industrial lands.

 

Goal 4: Be the greenest and most energy-efficient port in North America
Objectives:
Current Proposed New
  1. Meet all increased energy needs through conservation and renewable sources.

  2. Meet or exceed agency requirements for stormwater leaving Port-owned or operated facilities.

  3. Reduce air pollutants and carbon emissions, specifically:

    1. Scope 1 emissions, which are direct greenhouse gas emissions from Port owned or controlled sources, shall be:

      1. 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.

      2. 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

      3. Carbon neutral by 2050 OR carbon negative by 2050.

    2. Scope 2 emissions, which are indirect greenhouse gas emissions from consumption of purchased electricity, heat, or steam. The new Port-wide goals for Scope 2 shall be:

      1. 15 percent below 2005 levels by 2020.

      2. 50 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.

      3. Carbon neutral by 2050 OR carbon negative by 2050.

    3. Scope 3 emissions are emissions the Port has influence over, not direct control. The new Port-wide goals for scope 3 emissions shall be:

      1. 50 percent below 2007 levels by 2030.

      2. 80 percent below 2007 levels by 2050.

    4. Anchor the Puget Sound urban industrial land use to prevent sprawl in less developed areas.

    5. Restore, create, and enhance 40 additional acres of habitat in the Green/Duwamish watershed and Elliott Bay.

  1. Meet all increased energy needs through conservation and renewable sources.

  2. Restore, create and enhance 40 additional acres of habitat in the Green/Duwamish watershed and Elliott Bay.

  3. (Objective 3 remains unchanged)

 

Strategy 5: Become a Model for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (New Goal)
Objectives:
Proposed New
  1. Increase Investment in WMBE and DBE firms to ensure their increased access to opportunities.

  2. Internal and external programs, structures and practices provide equitable opportunities for all.

 

Strategy 6: Be a Highly Effective Public Agency (New Goal)
Objectives:
Proposed New
  1. Partner and engage with external stakeholders to build healthy, safe and equitable communities.

  2. Advance the Port’s dedication to employee engagement, safety, innovation, and financial stewardship.

  3. Set the standard for high-quality, cost-effective, and timely delivery of capital programs.

 

Regional Initiatives

  • Strengthen access to global markets and supply chains for Northwest businesses.
  • Make Washington a preferred destination for international travelers from countries with which we have direct flights.
  • Establish an educational consortium to serve the needs of the maritime industry for workforce development, applied research, and business growth.
  • Foster a coordinated effort among Puget Sound ports in support of Washington state’s pursuit of a healthier Puget Sound.
Submit your feedback to centuryagenda@portseattle.org by September 18

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