The Government Finance Officers Association has awarded the Port of Tacoma its Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the Port's 2009 budget document.

To qualify for the award, the Port "had to satisfy nationally recognized guidelines for effective budget presentation," according to the GFOA's announcement of the award. "It reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting."

The budget document provides an overview of the Port's business, including strategic priorities, operating budget, capital investment program and financial measures.

The Chicago-based GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving more than 17,600 government finance professionals throughout North America.

View the 2009 budget document.

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