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Seattle Waterfront Loop study funded in House Transportation plan

April 15, 2015

Rep. Gael Tarleton

Four bus routes in 36th District carrying nearly 11 million riders a year also included OLYMPIA – The House Transportation committee approved a revenue package last night that includes $500,000 for the Seattle Waterfront Loop Feasibility Study, a project championed by Rep. Gael Tarleton (D-Ballard). The waterfront loop study would finalize the design of a fully contiguous loop from Shilshole Bay Marina to West Seattle. “A vibrant waterfront is key to a growing economy and connecting communities in Seattle,” said … Continue reading

Every budget is about people

April 4, 2015

Rep. Gael Tarleton

Every budget is about people

Dear friends and neighbors, The House and Senate have now released their operating budget proposals for the 2015-17 biennium. As we move into the budget negotiations between the chambers, I want to share some of the highlights of a House budget that honors our promises to the people who are counting on us: the developmentally disabled and their caregivers, foster children, young students, single parents, seniors, veterans, and middle-class families. They are counting on us to approve a budget that … Continue reading

Students get hands on learning experience in Olympia

March 31, 2015

Rep. Gael Tarleton

Students get hands on learning experience in Olympia

In the last couple of weeks, I sponsored two very smart and amazing students to Page in Olympia for a week this session. My constituents, Grace Johnson and Reilly Carney-Woods are both 8th graders who attend two middle schools in the 36th. Meeting with them, and seeing them play a role in government is a perfect reminder of why we must fight to protect our education system and continue to provide opportunities so enthusiastic and hard-working students like Grace and … Continue reading

House capital budget makes important investments in Seattle communities

March 27, 2015

Washington House Democrats

OLYMPIA – House Democrats released a capital budget on Friday that will make important investments in communities throughout Seattle. The following is a joint statement from Reps. Reuven Carlyle and Gael Tarleton who represent the 36th Legislative District: “Today, the Washington House Democrats introduced a capital budget that will reinvest in the future of Washington. This plan includes invaluable school construction projects that will build a better Washington for our children. “We are proud to announce that this budget includes … Continue reading

Taking you behind the scenes

March 21, 2015

Rep. Gael Tarleton

Taking you behind the scenes

Our Amazing Legislative Staff Our state legislature has some of the most talented and dedicated public employees who work extremely hard to make everything come together during session. Whether it’s policy research and analysis, bills and amendments drafted on deadlines, or press releases and speeches to keep our constituents informed, our professional staff members are the people working behind the scenes to get the work done for all of us. During the past couple of weeks, legislators have been voting … Continue reading

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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