Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Port of Tacoma Seeks General Legal Services with Request for Information (RFI)

The Port of Tacoma (Port) is seeking information from law firms interested in providing Outside General Legal Counsel services. 

The Port is interested in understanding the availability, experience, capability, and costs for, qualified law firms to provide general legal counsel to the Port. The Port will use the information to make an informed decision how best to proceed in obtaining its legal services.

The Port will inform those who respond to the RFI of its intentions no later than sixty (60) days following the response due date. This action is intended to seek information regarding market conditions for Outside General Legal Services and should not be construed as an evaluation of the performance of the current provider.

Click here for the RFI. The due date is September 18, 2013.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Chamber Advocates for Fairness in Tax on Trade

Yesterday, the Chamber joined with many other advocacy organizations for the promotion of our ports and international trade in a letter that states our strong support for legislation to reform the Harbor Maintenance Tax.

Signed by more than 40 businesses and organizations across Washington state, the letter is available online here.

The Chamber has been a consistent advocate for greater fairness in the federal Harbor Maintenance Tax, promoting the issue before our Congressional members during the Chamber’s annual Washington-to-Washington, D.C. Conference. 

The signatories urged support for efforts to address this issue that is so vital to Washington’s trade economy. Changing this policy to be more reflective of current trade flows and freight investment needs has the potential to significantly increase the international competitiveness of Washington businesses, and to ensure the long-term success of our state’s ports.

For additional information, please contact Eric Schinfeld, Pres., Washington Council on International Trade or at 206.389.7273, or Kristin Meira, Executive Director of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association or at 503.234.8556.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Chamber's Online Registrations are Down - Call to RSVP

The Chamber's online Business Directory and Events Calendar web pages are currently unavailable to access. While we are working to resolve this issue please contact Janice Hutchins, 253.683.4882 to register for events. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work on a solution.

Click here for a copy of the August 2013 Chamber Calendar (pictured above) to reference for this month’s events.