Ryan calkins stands in front of cranes on the Seattle waterfront.
Ryan Calkins is seeking a second term on the Seattle Port Commission. (Photo courtesy of campaign)

This week, Port of Seattle Commissioner Ryan Calkins joins reporter Ray Dubicki to talk about the awesomeness of planes, ships, and freight. They’re so cool. We also talk a bit about the future of how stuff moves around the world through Western Washington.

Of course, cargo and people do not move in a vacuum, no matter the vaporware promises of oligarchs. Commissioner Calkins breaks down the real money the Port is budgeting to spend on workforce development and environmental cleanup. A strong Port of Seattle could position itself as a hub for offshore wind farm development and green energy industries.

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Ray Dubicki is a stay-at-home dad and parent-on-call for taking care of general school and neighborhood tasks around Ballard. This lets him see how urbanism works (or doesn’t) during the hours most people are locked in their office. He is an attorney and urbanist by training, with soup-to-nuts planning experience from code enforcement to university development to writing zoning ordinances. He enjoys using PowerPoint, but only because it’s no longer a weekly obligation.