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Posted on: January 12, 2011

[ARCHIVED] Bellingham Port Commissioner Heads State Port Association

Commissioner Scott Walker Elected to Lead State Port Association
Group Represents 75 Washington State Ports

[Bellingham, Wash.] This year longtime Bellingham Port Commissioner Scott Walker will be serving as the Washington Public Ports Association’s president, representing 75 ports across the state. This week he will lead his first meeting as president.

“Commissioner Walker was selected from among his peers to serve as President based on his long service, sound judgment and strong record of support for job creation and the values that our local port districts represent,” said WPPA Executive Director Eric Johnson.

This year Washington Ports will celebrate the 100th anniversary of approval of the state law creating port authorities. The group also will hold its annual Spring Conference in Whatcom County at the Resort at Semiahmoo, bringing visitors and business to the local community.

This is just the second time a Port of Bellingham commissioner has served as WPPA president; the last time was in 1970, when Commissioner Pete Zuanich held the position.

“I’ve long believed in the power of locally controlled port in building the economy and creating jobs,” Walker said. “I look forward to working with fellow Washington commissioners on statewide port issues that affect our economic recovery.”

During the Washington Public Ports Association’s (WPPA) annual meeting (November 17-19 in Tacoma), Walker was elected to serve as president for 2011. He will serve in the role for one year. As president, Walker will lead the Association’s Executive Committee and is responsible for establishing and implementing Association policy.

Walker was first elected to the WPPA Executive Committee in 2009 and he served for one year as Secretary. He then served as Vice-President for 2010. When his term as President ends, he will serve as past-president for 2 years.

The Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA) represents the state’s 75 port districts and provides a network through which ports share information and address issues such as trade, transportation, economic development, and the environment. Washington’s port districts offer a wide range of services, including marine terminals, barge facilities, industrial development, marinas, airports, railroads, and tourism promotion.

For More Information: Carolyn Casey, Communications Manager (360) 676-2500.

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