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What do you think should be the focus of the Port of Bellingham? Do you have questions or concerns you’d like to share with this countywide government agency? Would you like to find out more about Port projects or meet the new Port Executive Director?Each Wednesday morning in February, the Port’s Board of Commissioners is hosting a “Coffee with a Commissioner” session so that they can talk directly with the people they serve. The sessions are being offered in a variety of locations to reach more people. “Going to different parts of the community to listen to the people we represent is essential,” said Commission President Michael McAuley. “The Port of Bellingham belongs to the people of Whatcom County and we really benefit by hearing everyone’s ideas and suggestions.”Everyone is welcome at these events and no RSVP is necessary. The Port will provide free coffee, tea and breakfast pastries at each of the sessions, all of which are from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.New Executive Director Charlie Sheldon will join commissioners in all of the meetings.--Wednesday, Feb. 2, Xtreme Bean Espresso, 3706 Mount Baker Highway, Everson, with Commissioner Scott Walker--Wednesday, Feb. 9, Babe’s Place, 2830 Main St., Ferndale, with Commissioner Jim Jorgensen--Wednesday, Feb. 16, Bellingham Cruise Terminal in Fairhaven, 355 Harris Avenue, with Commissioner Michael McAuley --Wednesday, Feb. 23, Bay Café at Birch Bay, 7608 Birch Bay Dr., Birch Bay, with Commissioner Michael McAuleyLast year commissioners hosted Coffee with a Commissioner sessions in Blaine, Lynden and Bellingham. Additional sessions will be offered later in 2011. The Port of Bellingham is a countywide independent special purpose government that operates Whatcom County's major transportation terminals including the Bellingham International Airport, Fairhaven Transportation Station and the Bellingham Cruise Terminal. The Port also serves about 2,000 moorage customers at its Blaine and Squalicum Harbors.In addition, more than 250 businesses operate on Port properties throughout Whatcom County. The operations of the Port and its tenants generate over 4,000 direct local jobs. The Port has about 90 full-time employees.
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