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Patrick Robinson
Port of Seattle Commssioner Courtney Gregoire delivered a State of the Port address before the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 3 at Jack Block Park.

Gregoire: State of the Port is strong and growth robust

Commissioner spoke about jobs, growth, and the future of Terminal 5

Courtney Gregoire, Port of Seattle Commission Co-President and daughter of former Washington State Governor Christine Gregoire spoke at a special "State of the Port" luncheon at Jack Block Park on Sept.3.

The event was sponsored by the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce.

Her remarks addressed new executive hires, the expansion of the Cruise Terminal at Pier 66, the growth of the ports, the SeaPort alliance, the future of Terminal 5, the cleanup of the Duwamish River, SeaTac Airport and the need for a modernized International Arrivals Facility, and job growth at the Port.

Here is the text of her speech:

New Executives
o Last year, when my co-president Stephanie Bowman was here speaking with you, we had just hired a new CEO – Ted Fick.

o In the past year, Ted has taken the wheel with both hands and is now navigating well through all of our lines of business.

o He’s hired five new executives in the past five months, and he’s looking for two more to lead the aviation and maritime divisions beginning next year.

o He is bringing in professionals with a wide range of experience in the private and public sectors.

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