Friday, February 10, 2012

Public Invited for Port's Strategic Plan

The Port of Tacoma is developing a strategic planning process with input from community members, customers, business leaders and employees.  The strategic plan will guide the Port’s actions over the next five years.

Read the draft strategic plan (PDF, updated version).

They want your thoughts on the draft plan. Submit comments online by Feb. 22, or at open houses. 

Open houses:
Attend the open house to provide your feedback on the draft plan (introductory comments at 5 p.m.):

Monday, Feb. 13
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
The Fabulich Center
Room 104
3600 Port of Tacoma Rd., Tacoma

Wednesday, Feb. 15
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
McGavick Student & Conference Center
Clover Park Technical College
4500 Steilacoom Blvd. SW, Lakewood

The Port of Tacoma is a key contributor to the South Puget Sound economy and has experienced significant growth over the past 20 years.

The Port is currently developing a 2012 Strategic Plan to guide the organization in achieving its next chapter of economic growth and business success. The plan will set the course for the next 10 to 15 years, with a focus on near-term actions.

Hand in hand with strategic planning, the Port will also examine its brand and identity. BrandStrata was hired to support efforts to create a Port of Tacoma brand that reflects our strategic advantages and unique identity now and into the future.

Process Timeline: June 2011 to March 2012

Under the direction of the Commission, CEO John Wolfe is leading an internal task force charged with developing the Port's strategic plan. Berk & Associates was hired to facilitate and support the process, as well as Mercator International LLC to support business strategy development. Port management, staff, stakeholders and the public will be involved in the planning process.

The strategic planning process includes several phases:  
  • Research and assessment: Gather feedback from stakeholders, and conduct business and financial assessments to create the Situation Assessment, which will help develop the strategic business options.
  • Plan development: The task force and commission will craft the Draft Strategic Plan, to include the Port's mission/vision statement, goals, implementation plan and timeline, roles and responsibilities, key metrics and expected outcomes. This phase includes two public open houses Feb. 13 and 15.
  • Adoption: The commission is expected to adopt the final plan in March 2012.

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