APRIL 12, 2017

 

BUDGET/FINANCES

Funding for water line and road infrastructure projects at George, WA included in the proposed Washington State Senate and House Capital Budgets

Port of Quincy, April 10, 2017, PRNewswire-USNewswire

The recently released proposed 2017-19 Washington State Senate and House Capital Budgets have included funding for the Port of Quincy’s road infrastructure project and the City of George’s water line infrastructure project at the Port’s Industrial Park No. 5 at George, WA.   Industrial Park No. 5 is located north of Interstate 90 and west of State Route 281 in the Port of Quincy and City of George in Grant County.

Various businesses have been very interested in expanding and/or locating at Industrial Park No. 5 (within the City of George’s corporate limits) if the water and road infrastructure projects are completed.

The businesses would create many new jobs and would invest millions of dollars in private sector funds into the local rural economy.  Additionally, the new jobs would help to provide employment for the City of George’s 85 percent low-to-moderate-income residents.

Read more here:  http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/funding-for-water-line–road-infrastructure-projects-at-george-wa-included-in-the-proposed-washington-state-senate-and-house-capital-budgets-300437072.html

 

 

George Industrial Park slated to receive state funding

Rebecca White, April 1, 2017, Columbia Basin Herald

An industrial park in George is slated to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in funds from the state’s proposed capital budgets for water and road improvements which local officials believe could stimulate year-round economic growth for the area.

The Port of Quincy’s public affairs consultant Patrick Boss said the funds would go toward building a water line to connect the city’s water distribution system to the park. He said the park currently has a few tenants, but the amount of water available is not enough to support growth or attract new businesses. The funds would also go toward constructing a roadway within the park.

The House budget splits the money between two projects, $400,000 for road infrastructure and $412,000 for the water line. The Senate Budget allocates $700,000 for the water project and does not include funds for the road repair.

Read more here:  http://www.columbiabasinherald.com/article/20170411/ARTICLE/170419983

 

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

2016 a very strong year for Port of Olympia

AJOT, April 11, 2017, American Journal of Transportation

With a 288% growth in import volume, a 15% growth in export volume and a 20% increase in vessel calls over 2015, 2016 proved to be a strong year for the Port of Olympia’s Seaport.

“Thanks to our strong partnership with current and new customers, our tremendous working relationship with ILWU Local 47, our continued investment in our facilities and strategic position in the marketplace, the Port of Olympia’s Seaport continues to show strong growth,” commented Len Faucher, Marine Terminal Director. Faucher noted the following highlights from 2016:

Read more here:  https://www.ajot.com/news/2016-a-very-strong-year-for-port-of-olympia

 

 

Our Views:  Port of Centralia succeeds in creating new jobs

The Chronicle Editorial Board, April 11, 2017, The Chronicle

Politicians often rise to public office behind vague promises to focus on economic development and job creation.

In many cases, the office they seek lacks the power or mandate to accomplish such a feat beyond simply improving economic conditions by fairly managing and investing taxpayer money.

That’s not the case for the Port of Centralia, which considers the creation of employment opportunities the driving force of its mission.

Read more here:  http://www.chronline.com/opinion/our-views-port-of-centralia-succeeds-in-creating-new-jobs/article_0d6f67d4-1ee5-11e7-aee6-6fae064a034e.html

 

 

Developer details plans for Centralia Station with Fred Meyer

Graham Perednia, April 11, 2017, The Chronicle

The developer behind the Centralia Station project is moving forward with plans to bring  Fred Meyer and dozens of other businesses to the planned development near Mellen Street in Centralia.

Peter Powell, of Powell Development, told a crowd of local business leaders Monday that as long as a federal permit for Interstate 5 access is granted and the company is able to successfully work with the city of Centralia on utilities and road issues, the development will become a reality.

The 43-acre multistore center south of Mellen Street will be focused around a 127,000-square-foot Fred Meyer with a gas station, garden center and drive-through pharmacy. As the project leader and CEO of Powell Development, Powell estimates there will be 30 to 40 storefronts ranging from 2,700 square feet to 40,000 square feet. Powell Development is the owner of the center and has been working with Fred Meyer, the Port of Centralia and the city of Centralia since purchasing the property from the Port of Centralia, which has spearheaded the development over the last several years.

Read more here:  http://www.chronline.com/news/developer-details-plans-for-centralia-station-with-fred-meyer/article_f1bdb686-1ee8-11e7-9b56-efcbe34741a3.html

 

 

MISC

Camas-Washougal Historical Society to host port history event

April 12, 2017, The Columbian

The Camas-Washougal Historical Society will host a presentation on the history and future of the Port of Camas-Washougal at 2 p.m. Saturday at port headquarters, 24 S. A St., Washougal.

Executive Director David Ripp will discuss the port’s 82-year history, including its impact on the economy and recreation in the two cities. He’ll also discuss the latest park, trail and development work at the port’s waterfront land.

For more information about the historical society and the Two Rivers Heritage Museum, visit www.2rhm.com.

Read above information here:  http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/apr/12/camas-washougal-historical-society-to-host-port-history-event/

 

 

PEOPLE

Port of Moses Lake Commissioner Mike Conley announces retirement

Joe Utter, April 11, 2017, iFiberOne

Mike Conley is retiring after nine years as commissioner with the Port of Moses Lake.

Conley is stepping down and moving with his wife, Carol, to Arizona. His official retirement date is April 25.

“We have been fortunate to have Mike’s community experience, financial acumen and loyalty to the Port and the people of Grant County,” Commission President Stroud Kunkle stated. “We wish him good luck and hope he adjusts well to retirement and to the warmth of Arizona.”

Read more here:  http://www.ifiberone.com/news/port-of-moses-lake-commissioner-mike-conley-announces-retirement/article_dd5de894-1ed6-11e7-94e2-cfb20de44f2c.html

 

 

RAIL

Trains on track to resume Dayton service

Dian Ver Valen, April 10, 2017, Union-Bulletin.com

Trains could be rolling along the Columbia-Walla Walla Rail Line and into town as early as this spring, according to rail operator Paul Didelius.

“We are as motivated as anybody that the whistle be heard there again,” he wrote in an email to the U-B. “Look for the return of trains to Seneca (Foods Corporation) and other interested accounts in Dayton quite soon.”

The rails here have been quiet for nearly three years, since an inspection found seven unsafe bridges along the Dayton to Walla Walla route.

Read more here:  http://www.union-bulletin.com/news/local_governments/port_of_columbia/trains-on-track-to-resume-dayton-service/article_fcf5d12e-1e10-11e7-bab0-37a38d44423a.html

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