People & Community

Responsibility and commitment

As Sea-Tac Airport performs the role of an essential public facility supporting Washington’s growing economy, we pledge:
  • To be a responsible environmental steward
  • To be a good neighbor
  • To make the airport a catalyst for economic opportunity for our underrepresented communities

Working to build opportunity

The airport’s strong partnership in local education programs helps create economic opportunity for young people. Career exploration events at the airport inspire local high school students to learn about careers in engineering, public safety, information technology, and the skilled trades. The Port’s apprenticeship programs work with unemployed or under-employed King County residents who want to pursue a living-wage career in the construction industry or other skilled trades. Services include individualized assessment and referrals, pre-apprenticeship training, assistance applying for apprenticeships, support to help ensure successful apprenticeship completion, and job placement assistance. The ANEW (Apprenticeship in Nontraditional Employment for Women) program supports women in jobs usually held by men.   Airport employees and Port Commissioners also participate in the Environmental Challenge for Raisbeck Aviation High School's sophomores. For the last several years, Port staff have taught curriculum at the high school during the Environmental Challenge.   The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport Golf Tournament has raised more than $1 million and funded over 50 college scholarships for students at local schools.

Supporting communities by reducing noise

Sea-Tac Airport respects neighboring communities who directly experience the effects of a busy airport. To date, the Port has invested about $400 million to support communities most affected by aircraft noise at Sea-Tac Airport. Mitigations may include insulation, doors, and ventilation modifications. This is an outcome of the 1985 Part 150 Noise Study approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. Since then, three study updates were conducted in 1993, 2002, and 2014. The latest noise remedy boundary, set in 2014, serves as the basis for new programs including insulation and voluntary acquisition.   Mitigation Completed
  • 9,400 single family homes
  • 5 condominiums complexes
  • 14 buildings – Highline College
  • 8 schools – Highline Public Schools

Supporting local economies

At the same time that Sea-Tac works to mitigate its impacts on adjacent communities, it also spurs economic development.   More than 19,000 people work at the airport for more than 350 individual employers.  If all airport employers were combined, Sea-Tac Airport would be King County's fifth largest employer.   In addition to the jobs physically located at Sea-Tac, the airport generates jobs in cities adjacent to it.  For example, hotels in cities around the airport are adding rooms to meet growing demand and hotel room inventory is expected to increase from 8,000 to over 9,800 by late 2019.  In total, Sea-Tac supports another 68,200 jobs through visitor spending, mostly within King County.  This results a combined $3.6 billion in direct wages and benefits.   Sea-Tac and the Port of Seattle have also entered into a number of development partnerships in adjacent communities to build:
  • A 26-acre business park in Burien, expected to support 800 jobs
  • An 87-acre business park in Des Moines, anchoring 3,500 jobs
  • Light industrial buildings in SeaTac, expected to support over 400 jobs

Community and local city grant programs

Sea-Tac works to create programs to benefit our closest neighbors through matching grants, economic development and jobs, workforce development, environmentally sustainable practices, and safety measures.   Sea-Tac and the Port of Seattle have provided more than $197,000 in matching funds for projects in the six cities closest to the airport. Project examples include:
  • Funds for Burien to create signage to promote a walkable Burien
  • Funds to recruit and retain businesses in Federal Way
The Port has also provided more than $85,000 in small matching grants through its Airport Community Ecology Fund.  Grants support marine education, habitat restoration, community gardens, litter reduction, and invasive weed removal projects, among others.