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King 5 on “the trees” and mentions Maritime Economic Impact


This King 5 News short clip features the Poplar trees debate and the Port’s wish to expand. While it fails to capture any of the topic’s nuance, it is of note that the reporter loosely sited the PTMTA’s 2018 Economic Impact Study (EIS) that found the Marine Trades and Maritime businesses make up 20% of Jefferson County’s economy.

The EIS project of 2018 was spear-headed by Pam Petranek (now Port Commissioner) and Gwendolyn Tracey, (Fine Yacht Interiors), completed by Martin Associates, a well know firm for this kind of study, and funded by our generous community. The study has been a major beneficial tool for the Port, the NW School for Wooden Boatbuilding, the city of Port Townsend and Jefferson County. This is not to ‘toot the PTMTA horn’ but to begin awareness that the EIS is due to be updated, an expense that the PTMTA will need help with again. It is strongly believed by many that the 20% number has notably increased in the last 3 years. (Bravo Marine Trades!) Thus, the EIS numbers updated will continue to strengthen the futures of our members’ livelihoods.  We will announce fundraising efforts and give a heads up when the study process is scheduled to begin. In the meantime, we have a direct link for contributions to  the PTMTA, with a choice of the fund earmarked specifically for the EIS update.

Donate to the PTMTA HERE

Select Economic Impact Study Fund from the drop down menu and click the + sign next to “checkout” to increase your donation amount.

You can also send a check to PTMTA, PO BOX 1214, Port Townsend WA 98368

Thank you!

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