Issues

Creating Jobs

The Port of Seattle is the economic heartbeat of our home state of Washington.   As the international gateway for trade and tourism, the strength of our Port will dictate the economic health of our city, region and the state.

The Port of Seattle adopted a Century Agenda, a vision to help grow 100,000 jobs in the region over the next 25 years.  This means focusing on trade and tourism, doing our part to protect our environment and supporting the development of a maritime workforce.

Courtney’s background in international trade, economic development, education, law and public policy make her uniquely qualified to help lead the implementation of the Century Agenda and drive regional economic growth.

Trade

We must encourage more companies to engage in international trade, particularly by helping Washington companies export their goods and services around the globe.

To strengthen access to global markets, the Port must actively participate in removing both tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade.  Courtney will be on the front lines of this effort, seeking information from our customers on the barriers they face and working with state and federal authorities to knock them down.   This also means directly engaging our international counterparts, something she has experience doing as Director of the National Export Initiative for the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Protecting the Environment

The Port has a responsibility to do business in the most environmentally sustainable way possible.  Reducing carbon emissions at the airport and seaport, conserving energy, responsible stormwater management and cleaning up Puget Sound must be high priorities for the Port of Seattle to ensure that future generations can enjoy all the benefits of our working waterfront.

Transportation

We must focus on a holistic, integrated approach to how product is moved through our Port and address the silent tax on industry that comes through transportation delay and congestion.  Courtney will work with our partners at the federal, state and local level to ensure we are thoughtful in our transportation policies and the impacts on our ability to move goods to and from the Port.

Tourism

With our unparalleled natural beauty, outdoor adventure opportunities, fine dining and wineries, Washington is truly a unique place to visit.  To make us a preferred destination for international travelers, we need to seize every opportunity to market our state whether through the public-private partnership Brand USA (formerly the Corporation for Travel Promotion), working with local tourism partners, and our U.S. embassies around the globe.  And we must ensure that travelers have a pleasant experience at our port facilities, from airports to cruise terminals, to ensure they come back time and time again.

Accountability

The Port of Seattle is trusted with managing important and unique public assets to the benefit of all citizens.  As a new member of the Audit Committee, Courtney is focused on ensuring these assets are managed responsibly and that the citizens of King County receive a strong return on their investment.