Seattle Port Commission President Tom Albro and Seattle City Councilmember Debora Juarez will join a public meeting of the Manufacturing Industrial Council (MIC) Wednesday night to report on a recent intercity trip to Hamburg, Germany, a European trade hub which may offer lessons for Seattle.

The meeting will be held at the Georgetown Campus of South Seattle College, in the Gene J. Colin Education Hall in Building C. Use the main campus entrance at 6737 Corson Avenue S. Admission is free but guests are requested to RSVP to Becklynn Martin at

The meeting will begin at 3:30 PM with updates on a variety of topics impacting the industrial community. That will be followed by a 4:00 PM report by Perkins Coie partner John Iani, who was appointed by President Bush to serve as Regional Administrator for Region 10 of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) covering Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. Iani will offer his insights about what to expect locally as EPA undergoes a dramatic change in leadership under the Trump administration.

Councilmember Juarez and Port of Seattle Commissioner Albro are scheduled to speak at 4:30 PM.

Juarez was among the five Seattle City Councilmembers who voted last year against the Occidental Street vacation required for construction of the proposed SoDo basketball and hockey arena. Last December, she helped confirm an industrial community representative to the Seattle City Light Review Panel after the nomination was held up in committee for a year. The MIC believes that was an unreported but key step in assuring industrial customers are represented in Seattle City Light policies.

Albro is a long-time advocate for industry and an expert on the industrial protections in Washington State’s Growth Management Act (GMA). He was recently elected Seattle Port Commission President by his fellow commissioners.

Learn more about the Manufacturing Industrial Council at

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Scott Bonjukian is a car-free urban designer with a passion for sustainable and efficient cities. With degrees in architecture and urban planning, his many interests include neighborhood design, public space and street design, transit systems, pedestrian and bicycle planning, local politics, and natural resource protection. He primarily cross-posts from his blog at The Northwest Urbanist and advocates for a variety of progressive land use and transportation solutions.