Each year, the Port identifies several key strategic issues that often reach beyond a single line of business or program, and may require Port-wide actions and efforts for success. Work on these issues will likely span beyond 2013 into future years. The following are identified for 2013 as key to the Port's overall success in serving the community:
- Greater Utilization of Existing Assets: Throughout the Port’s 1,663 acres of land and diverse operations, there are opportunities for additional business development and better use of existing assets. As a good steward of public assets, the Port will pursue projects to increase productivity, job creation and community benefit. This will include targeted marketing, property consolidation and investments in infrastructure.
- Strategic Management of a Growing Airport: The Bellingham International Airport is continuing its strong growth trend. During 2013 the Port will complete the second phase of a $38 million terminal expansion. It also will complete an Airport Master Plan to chart future goals and projects. The Port will work to be responsive to community needs for air service options as well as business and job development, while striving to be a good neighbor to properties impacted by the airport.
- Economic Development and Jobs: Creation of new jobs and retention of existing jobs are high priorities for the Port. The Port will pursue projects and partnerships that result in effective countywide economic development including retention of current employers, expansion of existing businesses, and recruitment of new businesses.
- Restoration and Repair of Aging Infrastructure: The marine infrastructure in Port facilities is aging and in need of ongoing and extensive repairs. The Port will invest strategically in repairing its bulkheads, piers and pilings to ensure that they remain useful. When possible, the Port will seek added efficiencies in this investment by pairing it with related environmental cleanup or immediate business and tenant needs.
- Waterfront Redevelopment: During 2013 the Port anticipates City adoption of a Bellingham Waterfront master plan and related agreements, which will enable marketing and development of this brownfield site. The Port will focus on attracting job-creating business to the Log Pond area and soliciting developers for the first phase of mixed-use development adjacent to Downtown. The Port also will be dedicated to continuing its strong partnership with the City in this long-range project.
- Environmental Cleanups and Stewardship: The Port serves in a leadership role as owner of multiple brownfield sites that require cleanup, habitat creation and redevelopment. The Port will strive to conduct these cleanups as effectively and efficiently as possible working with Ecology to ensure that timelines are met, community interests are considered and cleanups are completed. When possible these cleanups will be paired with redevelopment efforts.