Dear Port Directors:

The Annual WPPA Port Directors Seminar is one of the most valuable events that you can attend each year, and it is time to mark your calendars and make hotel reservations for this year’s gathering.  Many of you have mentioned over the years that this peer-to-peer interaction is the most valuable seminar that you attend.

This year’s Port Directors Seminar will be held at the Adrift Hotel and Spa in beautiful Long Beach on July 13 and 14.  Hotel information is listed below.  In keeping with recent tradition, we are also having an optional off-site reception the evening prior to the event at the Salt Pub in Ilwaco.

Registration for the Directors Seminar is $295.  You can register online 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 Long Beach!



Wednesday July 12

5:30 pm        Reception at Salt Pub (147 Howerton Avenue, Ilwaco; (360) 642-7258)

Thursday July 13

(held at the Historic Chinook School/Community Building/Event Center; 810 Highway 101, Chinook, WA) – this is a 20-minute drive from the hotel

8:15 am        Two-Minute Drill – One thing that you either learned from this year, or would like to learn about

9:30 am        Managing a Board that Lacks Consensus

10:15 am      Planning and Managing a Meeting on a Controversial Topic

11:00 am      Managing Succession in Staff and Commission

12:00 pm      Lunch

1:30 pm        Short Attention Span Theatre:  Communicating with Your Community

2:15 pm        How Do You Get the Training You Need?

2:30 pm        Break

2:45 pm        What Would a Functioning State Economic Development Program Look Like?

3:30 pm        Adjourn for the day

4:30 pm        Travel to Port of Peninsula (3311 – 275 Street, Ocean Park; (360) 665-4547), followed by reception and dinner at The Cove Restaurant (9604 Pacific Avenue, Long Beach; (360) 642-2828)

  • Bus departs Adrift Hotel at 4:30 pm
  • Tour Port of Peninsula at 5:00 pm
  • Bus departs Port of Peninsula at 5:15 pm
  • Social at The Cove at 5:45 pm
  • Buffet Dinner served at 6:00 pm

Friday July 14

(held at Adrift Hotel meeting room, 409 Sid Snyder Drive, Long Beach, (360) 642-2311)

8:00 am     Deciding What to Spend Your Money On

10:00 am   Break

10:15 am   Final Discussion/Wrap-Up


The Adrift Hotel and Spa rooms are $115 per night for single and double occupancy rooms (one queen bed {25 rooms of this type are available in our block} or one king bed {10 rooms of this type are in our block}).  The lodging cutoff date for room reservations is Thursday, June 29.  Please make your room reservations now in order to take advantage of the special group rate; our block may sell out prior to the reservation cut-off date.  Reservations can be made by calling (360) 642-2311 or (800) 561-2456, reference the Washington Public Ports Association when reserving your room.  Check-in time is 3:00 p.m. and check-out time is 11:00 a.m.

A map and driving directions are available on their website.  Please click here to access that information.

We look forward to seeing you in Long Beach …and remember, casual dress is required!

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