ENSURING FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY
As a taxpayer, having to balance both personal and corporate budgets, Scott understands the importance of maintaining core Port services through careful financial management of the port’s resources.
As a concerned citizen, Scott will work with the other Port Commissioners to make certain we are making financially prudent decisions while working to improve Port operations and being responsible stewards of the environment. Scott has always believed local government jurisdictions should be managed like a business and has felt the responsibility of being diligent and working with others in making prudent business decisions while managing the resources provided by residents and businesses through their tax dollars.
COMMITMENT TO PUBLIC ACCESS AND RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Support of the Port’s Capital Improvement Plan which includes the development of the Waterfront Place for the community and visitors to enjoy is a high priority. New retail businesses serving the public including restaurants, a proposed bakery, and the anchor of the current hotel and multi-family housing which will be available soon will continue to make the Port an enjoyable place to visit and enjoy.
Maximizing use of the jetty for families should be encouraged, and also providing for active planning with the boating community to discuss the Marina’s future improvements. As the largest public boating Marina on the west coast, this is an important port asset and contributes to the vitality of the port experience.
COMMITMENT TO ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP
Planning a balanced waterfront with ongoing commerce, waterfront infrastructure, and improvements for new business and additional seaport trade business, should also be balanced with a genuine interest in stewardship and the Port’s desire to preserve and set aside certain open spaces and challenging environmental properties. As future Port projects and developments are planned, attention should also be given to opportunities for green initiatives.
Scott has been a leader in environmental stewardship for many years. As budget chair for the Everett City Council, Scott secured funding to thoroughly update the City's Climate Action Plan and supported converting the City's bus transit fleet over to electric, drastically reducing annual greenhouse gas emissions.
CREATING JOBS AND INCREASING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Creating family wage waterfront employment and jobs throughout the community is a priority. The Port of Everett’s business activities support thousands of indirect jobs throughout the County. Economic recovery and re-building the economy requires all parties best efforts!
The Port’s south terminal is key to the international seaport operations, trade, and supports high value cargo. The importance of timely clean up and remediation of the Kimberly Clark site will provide for enhanced cargo use and support of seaport operations and waterfront jobs.