Dear Port Directors:

The Annual WPPA Port Director’s 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 we also face unprecedented turnover in the ranks of port directors.  Nine of your peers have left the port community in the past twelve months. That’s twenty-five percent turnover in one year (and over the past five years it has been fifty percent).  Several of the ‘newbies’ will attend this year, and I need you to put on your mentor-hats.

This year’s Port Director’s Seminar will be held at the LaConner Channel Lodge in beautiful LaConner on July 14 and 15.  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.  This one will be at the Port of Anacortes’ waterfront park the evening of July 13.  On the afternoon of July 14 we will travel Deception Pass State Park for a barbeque in a beautiful setting.

This year’s event will include:

  • Employment Agreements
  • Orienting new commissioners
  • Commission Code-of-Conduct policies
  • Running an effective commission meeting
  • Understanding utility and transportation capacity, and integrating it into your planning
  • Plus the popular “two-minute-drill”

More materials will be coming soon, but we wanted to get this onto your calendars.

Registration is now open.

LaConner Channel Lodge rooms are $159 per night for a queen with a view (20 rooms of this type are available in our block) and a queen room without a view is $159 per night (2 rooms of this type are in our block), and a king with no view is $199 per night (2 rooms).  The LaConner Country Inn offers lodging with an assortment of room types at $134 per night (our block includes 9 rooms at the Inn).  The lodging cutoff date for room reservations is Monday, June 13.  Please make your room reservations now in order to take advantage of the special group rate.  Reservations can be made by calling 360-466-1500, 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 websites.  Please click here to access that information.

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

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