Opinion: Working ports provide good-paying jobs
Darren Williams, Brad Owens, and John Huntley, April 22, 2016, The Bellingham Herald
Ports are not ornaments; they were established to facilitate commerce and job creation.
In 1889, the people of Washington included within their new state constitution an authorization for local port authorities to use public funds for “industrial development or trade promotion.”
Here in Whatcom County, the Port of Bellingham, which serves the entire county, recognizes its mission as being, “…to fulfill the essential transportation and economic development needs of the region while providing leadership in maintaining greater Whatcom County’s overall economic vitality…”
To borrow a phrase, “It’s the economy, stupid.” That’s why we have ports and public port districts. But the port has managed to pursue its mission in a way that also complements the environment and provides for open space and shoreline recreation.
Updated: Port of Walla Walla names new executive director
Vicki Hillhouse April 20, 2016, Walla Walla Union Bulletin
The Port of Walla Walla has its sights on the current College Place city administrator as the economic development agency’s next administrative leader.
In a unanimous vote Tuesday, the three Port commissioners chose Patrick Reay as their top candidate for the job after a roughly hourlong special meeting.