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Ports of Tacoma & Seattle to Cooperate?
The ports of Tacoma and Seattle haven't exactly been BFFs historically, which is why we were surprised to hear that the two have agreed to share internal information with each other.
In a move aimed at improving the competitiveness of both, the two ports will share information on operations and financing, according to an article appearing from The News Tribune. The idea is that working together the two have a better chance of attracting new shipping traffic to the region as a whole.
It's not like the two entities have never cooperated before - they've worked together on lobbying efforts to benefit both - but this is taking cooperation - and trust - a step further. It's an acknowledgement of the growing competition from other West Coast ports, and of the changes in the industry expected to follow the impending completion of the Panama Canal.
To maintain a competitive position, the two ports will work together ...
The question of whether competition between Tacoma and Seattle is good or bad for both is about as old as the two cities themselves, going back to the days of the race to win the western terminus. That's a long history of rivalry. In 2012 we wrote about a Seattle Times article that took a look at the negative implications of competition versus collaboration between the two.
And now they're taking a step towards working together.
Can they overcome their long-standing rivalry to take on the competition from outside our region?
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