Tacoma Port Commissioners and Sumner City Council members are scheduled to meet together for the first time Monday, Aug. 31, to discuss ways the two organizations can work together to better serve the region’s economy. Transportation projects essential to creating jobs and expanding trade throughout Pierce County will top the agenda.

This first-ever joint study session will be held at 6 5:15 p.m. at Pacific Crest Industries, 13610 52nd St. E. in Sumner. The public is welcome to attend. (please note new time)

Discussions are expected to concentrate on transportation routes of mutual benefit to the City and the Port, and how the two jurisdictions can provide political support to one another to secure funding for the improvements.

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.

About the City of Sumner
Although known more for the small-town charm of Main Street and its historic designation as the Rhubarb Pie Capital of the World, the city of Sumner is also home to leading business and industry including REI, Pacific Crest Industries, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., Dillanos Coffee, Investco and distribution centers for Costco, Target and Golden State Foods. To learn more about the City of Sumner, visit www.ci.sumner.wa.us.

Contact: Tara Mattina, Port of Tacoma, (253) 428-8674, or Carmen Palmer, City of Sumner, (253) 299-5503