Obtaining lift – domestically and internationally
John Powers, July 31, 2017, Kitsap Sun
The Kitsap Aerospace and Defense Alliance (KADA) was formed in 2012 to focus on creating new economic development opportunities in Kitsap in the aerospace and related defense industries. KADA is a strategic alliance supported by Kitsap County, the City of Bremerton, City of Port Orchard and Port of Bremerton, as well as local businesses all working to strengthen and diversify our local economy. This year marked the fifth anniversary of KADA leaders joining with the Washington State Department of Commerce in participating in the aerospace industry’s signature international (alternating) airshow(s) – the Paris and Farnborough air shows.
This year’s Paris Airshow was held at Le Bourget Airfield, just outside of Paris, the third week of June. KADA was represented by four members of its leadership team: Kitsap County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido; Port of Bremerton Commissioner Axel Strakeljahn; and, KADA co-chairs Tim Thomson and myself. Our team joined 60 other industry and community leaders from across the state and met with hundreds of industry leaders from around the globe. We also conducted dozens of individual meetings with companies already operating in our region, as well as companies that are exploring new opportunities in our region and Kitsap.
Columbia County straw plant could be economic boon
Editorial Board, August 1, 2017, Union-Bulletin.com
“Woohoo!” was the reaction from Port of Columbia Manager Jennie Dickinson upon learning the financing came through last week for a pulp paper mill.
Dickinson is not alone in her enthusiasm. Optimism for an economic boon throughout that area followed the announcement that the green light has been given for construction of the long-awaited Columbia Pulp Mill, in which wheat straw and seed-alfalfa straw will be used instead of trees.
But the economic benefits could reach far beyond Columbia County if this new method of making pulp for paper meets or exceeds expectations.
Quilcene wastewater system could cost up to $12 million
Chris Tucker, August 12, 2017, PTLeader.com
The price of building a large community septic system in Quilcene, which could boost economic development and increase water quality, is estimated to be between $6 million and $12.5 million, according to preliminary figures from a feasibility study that the Port of Port Townsend is conducting.
“I don’t want to sugarcoat anything. The numbers are daunting,” said Eric Toews, director of planning for the port.
Toews said he met with Quilcene residents regarding the port’s role in managing a wastewater feasibility study for the core Quilcene area. The port is working on the study only and would not play a role in implementing any possible wastewater system. The study is being conducted with the Tetra Tech company.
Port of Port Townsend grant to fund Quilcene marina study
Cydney McFarland, August 2, 2017, Peninsula Daily News
The Port of Port Townsend has received grant money for a feasibility study and a business plan for revitalizing the Herb Beck Marina in Quilcene.
The state Community Economic Revitalization Board has awarded the port a $50,000 grant, said Kimberly Matej, port communications coordinator, in a news release.
The port will provide the required 25 percent match for the project. That, along with funds already set aside for the Quilcene marina in the capital budget, will bring the total funds available to $67,000.
Sierra Pacific donates to local playground project
KXRO News, July 31, 2017, KXRO Newsradio
Sierra Pacific is helping out a local playground.
Sierra Pacific Community Relations Manager Lisa Perry presented the Port of Grays Harbor Commissioners with a $2,500 check from the Sierra Pacific Foundation for the replacement of the Friends Landing playground equipment at their July meeting.
Maritime center hopes to help find solution to Point Hudson Marina’s woes
Cydney McFarland, July 31, 2071, Peninsula Daily News
The Northwest Maritime Center hopes to propose a partnership with the Port of Port Townsend as one option for Point Hudson Marina, which is currently in need of funding.
The maritime center has asked a group of community leaders, the Your Point Advisory Committee, to help in crafting a proposal to the Port of Port Townsend for the management and development of Point Hudson, the center says on a website devoted to the idea at yourpoint hudson.org.
NWSA first half container volumes rise 7%
Mark Edward Nero, July 31, 2017, American Shipper
Combined total container volumes at the Pacific Northwest ports of Seattle and Tacoma fell 1 percent year-over-year in June 2017, but total year-to-date volumes for the ports, which jointly operate as the Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA), are up 7 percent from the same 2016 period, according to recent data from the NWSA.
Full import volumes were up 7 percent to 694,175 twenty-foot equivalent units YTD, while full exports grew 2 percent to 476,745 TEUs. Total international container volume, including empties, increased 10 percent year-over-year 1,477,870 TEUs in the first half of 2017, according to the NWSA.
Read more here: http://www.americanshipper.com/main/news/68270.aspx
NWSA continues pilot program to extend terminal gate times through peak season
AJOT, August 1, 2017, American Journal of Transportation
The Northwest Seaport Alliance will reimburse up to $2 million to extend gate hours at its international container terminals during peak season.
After last year’s successful pilot program, the Managing Members again approved the program to help the marine terminal operators avoid congestion on surface streets in the port industrial area and keep import and export cargo flowing efficiently.
This pilot program will reimburse terminal operators for some of the costs to operate additional hours during off-shift gates. Off-shift gates are after 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or any shift on Saturday or Sunday.
Markets offer delicious tastes of summer
August 1, 2017, Chinook Observer
With the south Washington coast’s glorious days of full summer now upon us, outdoor markets in Long Beach and Ilwaco offer premium local foods and plenty of fun for residents and visitors alike.
Every Friday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., the Columbia-Pacific Farmers Market in downtown Long Beach at Veterans Field offers music, special presentations and a wholesome variety of produce and a variety of other local products ready to tantalize taste buds.
The market is fun for all ages, and has something new every week. For more information, call 360-642-4421 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Port of Allyn commissioner resigns
Aria Shephard Bull, July 24, 2017, Kitsap Sun
After serving for nearly 12 years as a commissioner for the Port of Allyn, Jean Farmer has stepped down from her position.
Farmer moved out of the port district earlier this month and promptly announced her resignation via an email to Port of Allyn Executive Director Lary Coppola on July 11.
“I am thankful for the trust that my constituents have put in me over the last two terms, and have worked hard to keep the work I do transparent and honest and open to new ideas and economic development,” Farmer stated in the email.
Pasco port commissioner, longtime farmer killed Sunday
Wendy Culverwell, July 31, 2017, Tri-City Herald
Ron Reimann, president of the Port of Pasco Commission, prominent Franklin County farmer and passionate advocate for Columbia Basin water rights, died Sunday evening when his farm vehicle was hit by a van near Kahlotus.
Franklin County Sheriff Jim Raymond said the wreck happened between 6 and 6:30 p.m. on McClenny Road near the Pasco-Kahlotus highway, near T & R Farms.
Reimann, 74, was riding a quad-style vehicle west on McClenny when he was hit from behind by a 2001 Chrysler van driven by Pedro Rubi-Juarez, 30, a local resident. Reimann died at the scene.
Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article164576747.html
Remembering Port of Pasco Commission President Ron Reimann
Mackenzie Allen, August 1, 2017, NBC Right Now
Tonight we remember Ron Reimann, the Port of Pasco Commissioner killed in a crash over the weekend.
Reporter Mackenzie Allen learned that Reimann cared deeply for his community and left his mark on several major projects. One of the ways he did this was through his work revitalizing the Tri-Cities Airport.
The $42 million airport expansion is the largest project the Port of pasco has ever worked on. It’s a project that might not have been possible if not for Pasco Port Commission President Ron Reimann. Former airport director Roy Foraker remembers him fondly.
Grade Crossing Protective Funds Available Now!
The Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) is accepting Grade Crossing Protective Fund grant applications now. The grant program funds projects that eliminate or mitigate public safety hazards at railroad crossings and along railroad rights-of-way.
Here is a link to the UTC website with additional information on applying for a grant.
Custom plane would call Pasco home, fly the world for research
Annette Cary, July 30, 2017, Tri-City Herald
Plans are being made to base a new aircraft at Pasco that will fly the world, collecting data on the Earth’s atmosphere.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland is currently responsible for a Gulfstream-1 twin turboprop based in Pasco.
It’s a flying laboratory, packed with scientific equipment and outfitted with external probes for analyzing moisture and particles in the air.