The Port of Tacoma will host the first of five evening workshops June 23 and June 25 designed to educate the public about the Port, its history, operations and future development plans.

These "Port 101" workshops expand last year’s launch of the program in an effort to connect more broadly with citizens throughout the community.

"It’s important for citizens to know that Port business reaches deep into our communities, not just along the waterfront," said Port Commission President Clare Petrich. "These workshops allow us to reach out to our community and listen to the questions people might have about the historic roots of our maritime industry, what role this activity plays today in our economy and how it will grow and affect them in the future."

The first two 90-minute workshops will be held in these Pierce County communities on the following dates and times:

Tuesday, June 23, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Steilacoom Town Hall
1717 Lafayette St.

Gig Harbor
Thursday, June 25, 5:30 to 7 p.m.
Gig Harbor City Hall
3510 Grandview Street

The workshops also will travel to Fife in September and Sumner and Spanaway in October. Learn more.

About the Port of Tacoma

The Port of Tacoma is an economic engine for South Puget Sound, with more than 43,000 family-wage jobs in Pierce County and 113,000 jobs across Washington state connected to Port activities. A major gateway to Asia and Alaska, the Port of Tacoma is among the largest container ports in North America. The Port is also a major center for bulk, breakbulk and project/heavy-lift cargoes, as well as automobiles and trucks. To learn more about the Port of Tacoma, visit

Contact: Tara Mattina, 253-428-8674