Mayor Murray convened a Maritime and Manufacturing Summit on Monday afternoon with representatives from business, industry, labor, education, and government in attendance.
“For well over a century, maritime and manufacturing industries have helped shape and define the identity of this city,” said Murray. “I’m looking forward to working with these industries to build upon Seattle’s strengths as a maritime and manufacturing center and as a trading hub.”
Held at Harley Marine Services, the summit included more than100 representatives from local, regional, and state government, and Seattle’s maritime, manufacturing, and logistics sectors, including Seaport Steel, Machinists Inc., Kvichak Marine, Cascade Designs, Field Roast, Hale’s Brewery, and Equinox Studios.
In addition to opening remarks by the mayor, the Maritime and Manufacturing Summit included a moderated panel discussion on four priority areas identified by industry: infrastructure/freight mobility, land use/regulatory environment, skilled workforce, and communication/telling the story. Moderated by co-president Port Commissioner Stephanie Bowman; panelists included Marni Heffron, Heffron Transportation, Inc.; Mike Moore, Pacific Merchant Shipping Association; Jill Wakefield, Seattle Colleges; and Tad Harmon, 206 Inc.
Following the panel discussion, attendees participated in break-out sessions that were aligned with the priority areas.
“In the Seattle I envision, the manufacturing and maritime industries will continue to play a vital role in the economic and cultural life of this city, providing good jobs and maintaining a strong connection between our past and our future,” added Murray.
The summit focused on strengthening local, regional, and statewide collaboration and cooperation and increasing the export of goods and services through Seattle’s ports.
In an effort to support industrial growth in Seattle, Murray promised to diligently review current policies and regulations to find the right balance between growth and safety.
At the summit, Murray announced the creation of a new heavy haul network of truck routes that will enable permitted vehicles carrying overweight loads to travel on designated routes. In cooperation with the Port of Seattle, roads along this corridor will be rebuilt to new heavy haul standards. View the proposed heavy haul corridor map here.
Murray also announced the approval of modification to the City’s seismic regulations that would bring port construction standards in line with other North American ports. These new standards will ensure that regional port operations would continue in event of an earthquake, and they will save the Port millions of dollars as it moves forward to upgrade Terminal 5.
The mayor committed that the summit was a first step in working with the maritime and manufacturing industries, and that he would review the materials of the summit and gather participants as part of the ongoing conversation and work with these sectors.