The Port of Olympia is a municipal corporation governed by three elected commissioners who set policies and objectives. Each commissioner represents a district within Thurston county and serves a 4-year term.
Two Commission meetings per month are held in the evening and one meeting per month is held during regular business hours. All meetings are open to the public. The public is invited to give public testimony and comment on items on the agenda or of interest to the public at the evening meetings.
Meetings: 5:30 p.m. second and fourth Monday of each month
Work Sessions: 2:30 p.m. third Monday of each month
All regular Commission meetings are recorded and available on the Port’s website. The public is invited to give public testimony and comment on items on the agenda or of interest to the public at the Monday evening meetings. The Monday afternoon meetings are open to the public, but public comment is not generally taken.
Written public comments may be submitted to the Commission Coordinator by 12:00 p.m. on the date of the meeting using the Public Comment form. All written comments will be compiled and sent to the Commissioners prior to the meeting.
Current Topics of Interest
Written public comment can be provided on the Public Comment form provided below.
The public is invited to give public testimony and comment on items on the agenda or of interest to the public at the Monday evening meetings
Please indicate on the meeting sign-in sheet if you wish to give verbal public comment. Individual verbal public comments are limited to 3 minutes per person, or as indicated on the agenda. Verbal public comment is not accepted at Commission Work Sessions.
Each port in Washington state is governed by its own commission, which acts as a board of directors for the port. The commission is elected by citizens in the port district and may consist of three or five commissioners.
The Port of Olympia is a municipal corporation governed by three elected commissioners who set policies and objectives. Each commissioner represents a district within Thurston county and serves a 4-year term. The commissioners appoint the Port’s executive director, who is responsible for the ongoing management of the Port’s enterprises and facilities.
Commission Goals, Projects, Studies
On August 28, 2017, the Port Commission adopted the Commission Goals in support of the Port’s Strategic Plan.
Economic Benefits Study
In 2021, the Port Commission authorized a study by Martin Associates to measure the local and regional economic impacts of the Port of Olympia.
Commission Meeting Videos
To facilitate citizen access to information about the Port, the Port began carrying unedited videos of the Commission meetings on its website in January 2014. Beginning in March 2022, Port Commission meetings will also be aired on TCMedia with the following air times:
Channel 3 – Comcast in greater Thurston County and
Consolidated Cable in the Yelm area
Fridays 3:30 PM and Sundays 9:00 PM
Channel 26 – Comcast only
Thursdays 10:30 AM and Saturdays 6:00 PM
For the Port’s Commission video library, the preferred internet browser is Internet Explorer. Due to limited storage capacity older videos automatically go into archives.
Please contact the Commission Coordinator at Commissioncoordinator@portolympia.com or 360-528-8014 to request a copy of an older meeting or receive commission agenda notices.
Agendas are available prior to the meetings.
*Meeting packets are generally posted one week in advance and are subject to change.
Minutes are available following Commission approval.
Resolutions are also available following Commission approval.
Meeting minutes and resolutions prior to 2016 have been transferred to Washington State Archives for permanent safekeeping and are viewable on their website.
Amy Evans Harding
Email all Commissioners
606 Columbia St. NW, Suite 300
Olympia, WA 98501
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