The Port of Seattle: Much more than just shipping cargo

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For the month of November, the Chamber selected the Port of Seattle as its featured Member Spotlight. We posed some questions to Rosie Courtney, Manager, Cruise Public Affairs, who gave us some "Did you know?" facts about the Port. 

What are 4 things that you’d like Chamber members and the general public to know about the Port? 

I’d like to share that…

  1. The Port owns and operates Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, two cruise ship terminals, Fishermen’s Terminal—home of the North Pacific fishing fleet, one grain terminal, a public cargo terminal, four public marinas, and manages a number of real estate assets for financial return and economic advantage.
  2. The Port’s operations currently help create nearly 200,000 jobs and $7 billion in wages throughout the region. 
  3. Over the next 20 years, the Port’s “Century Agenda” seeks to create an additional 100,000 jobs through economic growth while becoming the nation’s leading green and energy-efficient port. We encourage people to learn more at
  4. The entire Port team is passionate about ensuring that we are always working on behalf of the citizens of King County, and that includes providing first-class facilities.

What’s the best part of your job? 

The best part of my job is that I have the opportunity to interact with a wide variety of people who are passionate about their industry and their community. I’m proud to be part of the cruise industry here in Seattle and to connect with the tourism partners locally. My work with Queen Anne, Magnolia and Waterfront neighbors helps me understand what’s important to each of these thriving communities.

Are there any special events at the Port (or sponsored by) for the holidays that the general public can attend?  

Yes! The Port will co-sponsor “Deck the Dock” a kids holiday event on Sunday, December 10 at 2pm at Pier 66. The fun will feature The Not-It’s. The event is
co-sponsored with Friends of the Waterfront.

What value do you think the Port derives from being a member of the Queen Anne Chamber?

The Port values the community’s perspective. As the Port moves ahead on projects and initiatives, understanding the community’s priorities will help shape that work. As Chamber members, we can more easily make those connections.

If you could have dinner with someone famous, who would that be and what would you talk about?

I would enjoy meeting a cruise ship innovation team. Innovators imagine and create the next “wow factor” in cruise ship design. As each cruise ship leaves the shipyard, they introduce a new experience or amenity to make the guest experience even more memorable. I’d enjoy learning about their creative process and how they take an idea and make it real.

The Cruise team at the port of seattle.

The Cruise team at the port of seattle.

...understanding the community’s priorities helps shape that work (Port projects and initiatives). As Chamber members, we can more easily make those connections.
— Rosie Courtney