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Washington Post: The FCC approves strong net neutrality rules

February 28, 2015

Rep. Gael Tarleton

Washington Post: The FCC approves strong net neutrality rules

The Federal Communications Commission votes to protect the internet as a public utility, which must remain equally accessible and open to all users as was intended when it was first created by U.S. government employees. Many thanks to Washington Senator Maria Cantwell, who has championed the cause of net neutrality for years. This is a great victory for making internet access a public good. From the Washington Post: The Federal Communications Commission for the first time classified Internet providers as … Continue reading

36th Legislative District town hall to be held March 14

February 27, 2015

Rep. Gael Tarleton

36th Legislative District town hall to be held March 14

OLYMPIA – The three state legislators from the 36th District, Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles and Reps. Reuven Carlyle and Gael Tarleton, will host a town hall meeting from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, Community Room in the lower brick building at 6615 Dayton Ave. North. The 36th District encompasses Ballard, Greenwood, Queen Anne, Magnolia, Interbay, Belltown, and parts of Phinney Ridge and Fremont “I look forward to our town hall every year,” Kohl-Welles … Continue reading

Plenty of volunteers helping me tackle tough policy choices

February 16, 2015

Rep. Gael Tarleton

Plenty of volunteers helping me tackle tough policy choices

Dear Friends and Neighbors, The first few weeks of session have been very busy and fast-paced as always, but I am so thrilled to have visited with the dozens of constituents who made their way to Olympia for many advocacy days, including Martin Luther King Day. The 36th district’s residents are strong advocates for the issues that matter to all of us and affect our most vulnerable communities. Here are some of the topics that your colleagues and neighbors are … Continue reading

KPLU story on my suction dredging bill

February 13, 2015

Rep. Gael Tarleton

KPLU wrote a great piece on my suction dredging bill. Suction dredges are aquatic vacuums used by miners to collect and sort precious metals at the bottom of river beds. The practice can harm fish habitats and their spawning grounds. From KPLU: Washington is the only state left in the Pacific Northwest where people mining for gold and other minerals are allowed to use motorized vacuums in riverbeds. The practice is known as suction dredge mining, and some are concerned … Continue reading

Rep. Tarleton statement on port shutdown

February 6, 2015

Rep. Gael Tarleton

Rep. Tarleton statement on port shutdown

“The work that goes on at the Port of Seattle affects tens of thousands of people and businesses in King County and around the state. Our ports generate billions in economic activity and are vital to our thriving community.  “The weekend’s shutdown is disappointing, especially given how trade-dependent we are in the Pacific Northwest. 2014 was a record year for Washington exports. The ports’ continued operation are critically important to getting Washington’s economy moving again.  “I sincerely hope the two … Continue reading

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JLOB 334 (360) 786-7860 Technology & Economic Development (Vice Chair)
PO Box 40600 1-800-562-6000 Higher Education
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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