May 19, 2024 8:20 pm

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Public invited to virtual meeting on Port Boundary ballot measure

EVERETTEconomic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC) is hosting a virtual event on April 9, 2024, featuring a discussion with the Port of Everett on a historic ballot measure to expand the Port boundary. 

Current and proposed boundaries of the Port of Everett. SOURCE: Port of Everett.

The Port of Everett currently covers most of Everett, parts of Mukilteo, and areas in unincorporated Snohomish County near Marysville, totaling around 110,000 residents. In contrast, Snohomish County’s population is nearly 830,000 and growing. “Only about 15% of Snohomish County’s population currently have access to Port resources,” says Wendy Poischbeg, EASC interim CEO and President. “Expanding access to the opportunities the port brings will make a significant positive difference for businesses and residents of our county.” 

In December of 2023, the Port Commission unanimously passed a resolution directing Port staff to submit a proposition to enlarge the limits of the existing Port District to the Snohomish County Council.  

“Current boundaries limit the Port’s ability to invest in areas outside of its jurisdiction, restricting collaboration with neighboring communities on economic and community priorities,” says Lisa Lefeber, Port of Everett CEO. “This expansion, if passed, could help advance initiatives across the County that further support our economy and add local jobs, such as transportation improvements, community revitalization, recreational amenities, environmental initiatives and more.” 

On the August 2024 primary ballot, voters will have the opportunity to decide whether to expand the Port District to include most of Snohomish County.  

To inform the public about the possible boundary expansion, the Port of Everett plans to share insights and answer questions during the April 9 virtual discussion, from 8:30 to 9:30 am.  EASC’s Coffee Chats event is open to the public and will be held virtually. To attend, click here to RSVP to receive a Zoom link.  

About Economic Alliance Snohomish County: 

As the largest regional economic development organization in Snohomish County, and county-wide chamber of commerce, Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC) supports a globally competitive regional economy in which all businesses can thrive and participate equally.  

About the Port of Everett: 

The Port of Everett is a special purpose district tasked with economic development. Through operation of international shipping terminals, the largest public marina on the West Coast and real estate development ventures, the Port of Everett supports nearly 40,000 jobs in the region and contributes $433 million to state and local taxes. The Port strives to bring quality jobs, business, and tourism opportunities to its local and surrounding communities, and is committed to enhancing, restoring and preserving the overall environmental health of the waterfront. Port properties provide numerous public access and recreational opportunities for area residents and visitors to enjoy, supporting a vibrant, livable and balanced waterfront. 

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