Dear Port Commissioners:

As many of you already know, the WPPA Commissioner’s Seminar is hailed by many of your peers as one of the most important and valuable seminars that they attend.  These events are full of Commissioner-to-Commissioner interaction and learning.  They include important skill-building and training on issues that are central to our success as public port officials.

This year’s seminar will be held at Alderbrook Resort in Union.  We begin the evening of Monday, August 1st with a reception and we will end by noon on Wednesday the 3rd.

Registration for the Commissioner’s seminar is $320.  You can register on-line by clicking on the link on the left hand side of this page.  Your spouse/partner is most welcome at our evening social events; although we will need to know ahead of time to ensure enough room.

Please scroll down to view the agenda and also the hotel information.

Thank you and we hope to see you in Union!


Tentative Agenda:

Monday, August 1

5:00 pm          Reception

Tuesday, August 2

7:30 am           Breakfast

8:30 am           What’s on Your Mind as a Commissioner?

9:30 am           Break

9:45 am           What is Our Story – What is Our Role Messaging in the New Economy?

12:00 pm        Lunch

1:30 pm          Understanding Your Ports’ Financials:  What to Pay Attention to and What to Ignore

2:30 pm          Break

2:45 pm          Executive Sessions:  Tips, Rules, Hints and Forehead-Slapping

3:45 pm          Wrap-Up of the Day / Open Discussion

5:00 pm          Social

6:00 pm          Dinner Buffet

Wednesday, August 3

7:30 am           Buffet Breakfast

8:30 am           General Session:  Establishing and Maintaining Healthy Communication with Your Executive Director

9:45 am           Break

10:00 am        A Panel Discussion of the Toughest Part of Being a Commissioner and How Your Manage It

11:30 am        Wrap-Up


Alderbrook Resort rooms are $169 per night plus taxes (our block consists of 70 rooms with a variety of room types).  The cutoff date for room reservations is July 1st unless the block sells out before that date.  Please make your room reservations now in order to take advantage of the special group rate and room availability.  Reservations can be made by calling 360-898-2145 and be sure to mention you are with the Washington Public Ports Association when reserving your room (no online reservations are available per the resort).  Check-in time is 4:00 p.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m.  Cancellations must be made 7 days prior to arrival date to avoid being charged one night’s rate plus tax.

Driving directions are available on their website.  Please click here.

We look forward to seeing you at Alderbrook.  And remember, casual dress is required!


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2016 Commissioner Seminar!



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