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Auburn, Kent to participate in Port of Seattle Commission policy roundtable

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The Port of Seattle Commission, as part of its Century Agenda strategy to foster economic development, hosts a policy roundtable discussion in Auburn on Thursday, aimed at supporting continued industrial business growth in the region.

The 1 p.m. meeting is at City Council Chambers, City Hall, 25 W. Main St. It is open to the public.

"As an engine for growth, the port is always seeking to facilitate trade that brings more economic benefit to local communities," said Commission President Tom Albro. "The Kent-Auburn Valley is one of the nation's most important centers for warehousing, distribution and manufacturing. Without this critical resource, Washington's other agricultural and manufacturing exporters would have difficulty accessing the global marketplace."

Thursday's event focuses on the goals and needs of warehouses and distribution centers, as well as manufacturing in the valley. Participants will discuss industrial land policy, transportation, infrastructure, incentives for business expansion and obstacles to growth.

"Our valley cities combined, is the second-largest distribution center on the West Coast," said Auburn Mayor Pete Lewis. "We need to be at the table to help the Port implement its Century Agenda. We're very pleased to be invited."

The Port's Century Agenda seeks to grow 100,000 port-related jobs in the region over the next 25 years. The commission is engaging regional leaders around four regional initiatives, including the focus of this roundtable – strengthening access to global markets and supply chains for Northwest businesses.

In addition to Lewis and Port of Seattle Commissioners Albro, Bill Bryant, John Creighton and Rob Holland, participants in the roundtable will include:

• Suzette Cooke, Mayor of Kent

• Don Meyer, Port of Tacoma Commissioner

• Tom McLaughlin, Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Puget Sound (CAMPS)

• Dan O'Neal, Washington State Transportation Commission

• Dave Freiboth, King County Labor Council

• Sam Burke or Rob Blackmore, FedEx

• Steve Kidd, CIM-tech

• Bart Byrnesstad, Panattoni Development Company

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