Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib emphasized the importance of trade to Washington state’s economy and his commitment to enhancing trade opportunities for all Washington businesses during the annual Maritime Day reception at the Capitol.
The event, traditionally a joint legislative day for the Washington Maritime Federation (WMF) and the Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA), aimed at calling attention to port issues.
“Trade is in our DNA,” said Habib, pledging to use office to place Washington state companies in prime trade position.
In fact, the Maritime Federation is an “association of associations,” composed of maritime, economic development and business organizations, state agencies, rail transportation, and more. Shipping lines and terminal operators were also represented.
“As the economy and business industry of Washington state continue to expand, our maritime industry and public ports are vital assets,” said Habib. “My office often interacts with the international trade connections our state has and the role the maritime industry and public ports play in these successful relationships cannot be ignored.”
Habib also highlighted the importance of functioning ports, especially with respect to Amazon’s recent announcement of the creation of 100,000 new jobs in the next 18 months, and the Seattle Chamber of Commerce’s announcement of 740,000 new jobs in the next five years.
“The Maritime Federation will directly impact many of those jobs, whether it is by working directly for companies partnered with those organizations or by experiencing the benefits of the maritime and port industry,” he said.