The Maritime Industry is a prosperous industry that thrives in Washington State and the greater Pacific Northwest region.
The Seattle Times article begins,
“As the second day of Seattle’s Pacific Marine Expo kicked off Thursday, the buzz among the attendees — fishermen and legislators alike — was a newly released economic report boasting of Washington’s $30 billion maritime industry.
In the state, a maritime industry that traces its roots back to Hudson’s Bay Co.’s commissioning of the S.S. Beaver, the first steamship in the Pacific Northwest, generates $15.2 billion in direct revenues and is responsible for 57,700 jobs.
When combined with indirect revenues, the numbers increased to $30 billion and more than 148,000 jobs in 2012, according to the comprehensive study commissioned by the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County and the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County.”
Video: Seattle’s Changing Maritime Industry by Seattle Business Magazine * featuring former YMTA President Gary Stauffer, and Compass Courses owner Julie Keim