Mark Blotz Named 2012 Friend of the Port – News Release

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December 12, 2012

Media Contact: Tana Bader Inglima, Port of Kennewick (509) 948-3514 cell
Media Advisory
For Immediate Release

Kennewick, WA–The Port of Kennewick Board of Commissioners announced that Mark Blotz, General Manager of the Clover Island Inn, had been chosen as the 2012 Friend of the Port. The Port Commission presented Mr. Blotz with a plaque in recognition of his efforts to increase tourism to Clover Island through concerts and public events, and as a champion for the revitalization of Kennewick’s waterfront.

“Every so often the Port has an opportunity to recognize someone special for making an extra effort; for taking time to share of their talent and their energies; for caring enough about our community to go above and beyond what is expected, what they are paid to do, or what most people would even consider necessary. This year we chose to recognize Mark Blotz for doing all of that and more,” stated Commission President, Skip Novakovich.

Port officials honored Blotz for his work in supporting port activities; for his creativity and vision in bringing concerts and special events to Clover Island; and for helping increase spending and generate positive economic impacts for downtown businesses.

“We are pleased to recognize Mark Blotz,” continued Commissioner Novakovich. “He understands tourism. Through signature activities, Mark is helping put Clover Island ‘on the map’ as a unique and special place. From top-name concerts; a weekly, summer music series; weddings at the Lighthouse Plaza; fun runs; and poolside patio parties—Mark is bringing new visitors to Kennewick. And he is helping showcase the investments the port made in creating a destination waterfront; our staff and our Commissioners are grateful for Mark Blotz’ service and for his support.”

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The Port of Kennewick is a municipal corporation serving taxpayers in Kennewick, Richland, West Richland, Benton City, and portions of unincorporated Benton County. The port’s mission is to develop those assets which create sustainable family wage jobs, user friendly transportation systems, and quality of life enhancements for visitors and residents of the port district.

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