Thurston County is much more than the seat of state government. The port can bring together public and private sector partners to bring near and long-term community development benefits to Thurston County.
Bolstering Economic Development
The Port of Olympia is the only local government with the mission of creating economic opportunity throughout Thurston County. I’ll work to connect the Port with strong educational institutions and industrial partners to foster innovation, cultivate the skilled workforce of tomorrow, and recruit living wage jobs. I’ll work to connect small businesses and downtowns with amenities built on or leveraged by the port’s substantial real estate holdings. And I’ll work to connect farms and ranches to broadband.
Protecting Our Environment
A healthy ecosystem works for us all. The Port can be a leader in decarbonizing its own operations and electrifying its infrastructure at the airport and the marina. The Port must be a responsible partner in remediating past environmental contamination in Budd Bay. Together with local government and the state, we can restore the Deschutes Estuary in a way that supports wildlife and brings more recreational opportunity and income to our region.
Maintaining a Diverse, Inclusive Atmosphere
Infrastructure supports our communities and must be accountable to the community’s vision for its future. I will help restore public confidence and trust by ensuring the Port provides meaningful opportunity for public engagement and improves transparency in decision making. It will take strong collaboration with tribal governments, local governments, and business and civic partners to move our economy forward in a manner that brings opportunity to all of Thurston County. Let’s build community bridges together.