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Statement on the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina

June 22, 2015

Rep. Cindy Ryu

The following is a joint statement from the Members of Color Caucus of Washington state in response to the shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. “The Members of Color Caucus of Washington state express our deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims from Wednesday night’s shooting in Charleston, S.C. Our hearts grieve for the families of the Reverend Clementa Pinckney, a State Senator in the South Carolina Legislature, and the other eight victims of this senseless tragedy. Although … Continue reading

This region can’t afford to view the ports through a local lens

June 15, 2015

Rep. Gael Tarleton

This region can’t afford to view the ports through a local lens

Sarah Aitchison wrote a great piece on ports for the Puget Sound Business Journal last month. You can read it here: The ports get no love: As ILWU, PMA put to bed their bitter contract dispute, we look at the history of support for maritime Rep. Judy Clibborn of Mercer Island and I wrote a letter to the editor in response. It was published last weekend. Thank you for highlighting the importance of the maritime industry to Washington’s economy (“Why … Continue reading

Innovative health care options for all

June 11, 2015

Rep. Gael Tarleton

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became law five years ago. Two years ago, Washington state initiated the Healthcare Exchange Authority to oversee the delivery of affordable, quality healthcare for hundreds of thousands of uninsured Washingtonians. In 2014 I sponsored HB 2351, which authorized the Seattle Center to team with Remote Area Medical to offer a free clinic for dental, vision, and mental health care to several thousand Washington residents last October. Now Washington state is leading the way … Continue reading

Legislative Youth Advisory Council

May 21, 2015

Rep. Gael Tarleton

Legislative Youth Advisory Council

Washington’s Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) needs to fill 11 positions! Any Washington resident age 14 to 18 is eligible to apply. This is a competitive process and requires an application [go to this link!] that is due June 21st. If selected, council members will serve as a voice for the youth in our state. If you know a high school student who should apply, please share this opportunity. If you’re a high school student and love government, politics, or history, consider applying … Continue reading

Graduations, Negotiations, and Remembrances

May 21, 2015

Rep. Gael Tarleton

Graduations, Negotiations, and Remembrances

Dear Friends and Neighbors, After nearly three weeks in special session, our budget work continues. Meanwhile, our high school seniors are hoping to graduate soon, Governor Inslee has signed groundbreaking legislation, and Memorial Day will be a day to remember all those who fought for our rights and freedoms, especially the right to govern ourselves. Graduation season During the regular session I worked with colleagues across the aisle to create more pathways for students to earn credits toward both a … Continue reading

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JLOB 334 (360) 786-7860 Technology & Economic Development (Vice Chair)
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Seattle’s Working Waterfront

The city of Seattle cherishes its connections to the water – it’s all around us. The state legislature created a taskforce on maritime and manufacturing industries, which I co-chair.

This bipartisan, bicameral group is exploring what we need to do to hold onto the jobs and industrial lands for our maritime and fishing companies. Protecting our waterfront will provide our communities with sustainable fisheries, a healthy environment and future economic opportunities we can depend on.

This is why I love our working waterfront:

This segment shows the working waterfront and what it means for the future of our children and the many jobs that are part of maritime and manufacturing sectors:

Economic Resilience of Maritime and Manufacturing Taskforce covers several core sectors including fishing and seafood processing, ship and boat building, maritime logistics, military security and federal operations support, passenger water transportation and tourism.

This link includes information on the Taskforce, upcoming public meetings and work sessions and the Final Work Plan, which maps out the work of the Taskforce.

Below is also a list of Economic Impact Studies for an in-depth look at varying sectors in the Maritime Industry and their tremendous contributions to our state’s economy:
Port of Seattle
Port of Tacoma
WA State Maritime Cluster Impact Study
City of Seattle Maritime Cluster
Commercial Fishing Industry

Additional Resources on the Working Waterfront and Maritime & Manufacturing Industries:
National Working Waterfront Network
Sea Grant Washington
Department of Commerce Maritime Industry