Membership Categories

There are four membership categories: regular (ports), life, retired and associate. WPPA members receive discounted registration fees for education and training programs. Other membership benefits include legislative advocacy, public awareness, research and information services, and publications. The four types of membership are:

Port Members

Public port districts formed under the laws of Washington State are eligible for regular membership. Currently, 69 of the state’s 75 ports are members.

Associate Members

Individuals, business firms, and industries with a bona fide interest in the aims and goals of WPPA may become Associate Members after review by the Executive Committee. Membership affords recognition and discussion from the floor but does not include voting privileges. Associate members are given many opportunities at conferences to network with port officials. We offer an “Associate Member Reception” at the spring and fall conferences where they can highlight and exhibit their products and services. An Associate Members’ Resource Directory is provided to member ports throughout the state and includes a summary of each WPPA Associate Member and the services it provides.

Life Members

Individuals who have distinguished themselves through service to the port industry and the Association are granted WPPA Honorary Life Membership by a vote of the Board of Trustees.

Retired Members

Retired Membership in the Association keeps retired port commissioners and employees in touch with former colleagues and lets them join in a growing port family across the state. Retired members are invited to all seminars, meetings, and workshops at a cost afforded member ports. If you would like to join WPPA as a Retired Member, please give us a call.


Sponsorship opportunities are available for a majority of WPPA meetings. These are ideal opportunities for WPPA Associate Members to gain the attention of a targeted key audience. Sponsors are recognized in pre-meeting marketing materials, in the seminar agenda, on signs prominently displayed at the event, and in announcements made during the event. Sponsorships are available for breakfasts, lunches, receptions and program elements.

Becoming a Member

If you would like to join WPPA as an Associate Member, please complete the Online Application. Please read the bylaws and background in order to become familiar with associate membership in the WPPA. Your application will be reviewed by our Executive Committee at their next meeting. Annual Membership fees are dependent on how many employees your organization has:

  • Less than 10 employees: $425 per year
  • 10 – 200 employees: $600 per year
  • 201 – 1000 employees: $950 per year
  • 1001 or more: $1,500 per year

Your dues will be prorated based on the effective date of your membership. Once your membership application is accepted you will receive a welcome letter and confirmation packet. The packet includes copies of the most recent publications, including the Members Letter, brochures about Washington’s ports and the Association, as well as the current port directory.

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