AUGUST 7, 2017

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Vancouver port granted $485,000 for trail

Troy Brynelson, August 3, 2017, The Columbian

The Port of Vancouver is making strides at its own waterfront project this month.

A 1,200-foot path that would span the port’s 10-acre property, known as Terminal 1, was granted $485,000 by the Southwest Regional Transportation Council on Wednesday.

The path connects the Waterfront Renaissance Trail, which stretches east to Wintler Park, to new trails crossing the other waterfront development, The Waterfront Vancouver, to the west.

Read more here:  http://www.columbian.com/news/2017/aug/03/vancouver-port-granted-485000-for-trail/

 

 

Port of Port Angeles, Clallam Public Utility District seek potential partnerships

Michael Dashiell, August 4, 2017, Peninsula Daily News

Port of Port Angeles commissioners see Clallam County’s public utility district as a potential partner in their goal to boost economic development, thanks to the PUD’s broadband network, which stretches across most of the North Olympic Peninsula.

But commissioners from both boards are seeing familiar problems with bringing new businesses to the Peninsula.

The problem is not broadband infrastructure, PUD network engineer Shawn Delplain said at a joint port-PUD meeting Tuesday in Carlsborg.

Read more here:  https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/port-of-port-angeles-clallam-public-utility-district-seek-potential-partnerships/

 

 

Port of Coupeville seeks public input on comprehensive scheme

Megan Hansen, August 5, 2017, South Whidbey Record

Ideas were abundant Tuesday from a small group of community members interested in shaping the future of the Port of Coupeville.

The port, which owns two historic properties on Central Whidbey — the Coupeville Wharf and Greenbank Farm — held the first of two public meetings to garner public input for its Comprehensive Scheme and Strategic Plan.

Some ideas were reminiscent of early days at the farm suggesting the port focus on bringing back music, festivals and other events. Others ideas, while inventive, may be a bit far-reaching. One person suggested port leaders work on making the Navy’s Outlying Field multi-use so private planes can use it to bring more tourists to the island without further congesting the ferry system.

Read more here:  http://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/news/port-of-coupeville-seeks-public-input-on-comprehensive-scheme/

 

 

 

Power is what powers the Mid-Columbia economy

Wendy Culverwell, August 5, 2017, Tri-City Herald

Smart technology offers power system managers the potential to tame demand during peak loads, with ramifications that could affect the region’s dams and power infrastructure.

But one won’t change: Low-cost power powers the Mid-Columbia economy.

“Low-cost power in the Pacific Northwest is so important to keeping our economy competitive,” said Randy Hayden, executive director of the Port of Pasco, which serves food processors and an array of other industry.

Read more here:  http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article165721382.html

 

 

ELECTIONS/GOVERNANCE

Chamber seeks reorganization of Lewis County government

Justyna Tomtas, August 3, 2017, The Chronicle

The Centralia-Chehalis Chamber of Commerce is launching an effort to fix what it says is a broken system of Lewis County management by initiating the home rule charter process, which would allow freeholders to restructure county government.

The two goals of the proposed home rule charter are to increase the number of elected commissioners from three to five while greatly reducing their pay. It would also add a professional manager to oversee day-to-day operations.

Lewis County’s three commissioners currently make more than $100,000 each in salaries and benefits, while the five proposed commissioners would only be paid $1,000 each month plus benefits. The county would pay a manager an annual salary of $150,000, plus benefits. The change would lead to $165,000 in savings for the county, Chamber leaders said during a meeting with The Chronicle Editorial Board Wednesday.

Read more here:  http://www.chronline.com/news/chamber-seeks-reorganization-of-lewis-county-government/article_83be6370-786a-11e7-a86b-93a9bf09cfc4.html

 

 

Port of Port Angeles candidates discuss selling assets, other issues

Paul Gottlieb, August 6, 2017, Peninsula Daily News

The two candidates for Port of Port Angeles commissioner took different tacks on the direction the port should take on selling the tax district’s public assets in their first general election forum.

Incumbent Port Commissioner Colleen McAleer and challenger Michael Cobb participated in the 45-minute Sequim Sunrise Rotary breakfast meeting on Friday.

The two will vie in the Nov. 7 general election.

Read more here:  https://www.peninsuladailynews.com/politics/port-of-port-angeles-candidates-discuss-selling-assets-other-issues/

 

 

Local ports worry over Trump’s possible steel tariffs

Marissa Luck, August 5, 2017, The Daily News

Last year, 960,000 metric tons of steel passed through docks on the Lower Columbia River — enough steel to build more than 800,000 cars. At least 870 jobs are directly tied to steel imports at the Ports of Kalama and Vancouver, so when President Trump starts talking about slapping tariffs on steel, Southwest Washington ports get understandably uneasy.

While the Trump administration delayed any decision on steel tariffs for several months, local ports and companies who rely on steel are quietly preparing for a dramatic shift in how they do business. They worry tariffs could increase steel prices, which could at worst, undercut their business models and potentially spur reduced production and layoffs. Talk of tariffs has divided the manufacturing industry itself, too. Many domestic steel manufacturers cheer the tariffs, but companies who rely on foreign steel, such as Steelscape, are wary of their effects.

Steelscape is particularly concerned that tariffs could impact its facility at the Port of Kalama, where it imports semi-finished steel from Australia and Japan to produce building materials.

Read more here:  http://tdn.com/news/local/local-ports-worry-over-trump-s-possible-steel-tariffs/article_27f70d23-935d-5d0b-9cf5-a6e232e50721.html

 

 

LAND USE

Port of Centralia surpluses 15 properties on Centralia Station Land

Justyna Tomtas, August 3, 2017, The Chronicle

Those looking to purchase a home have the opportunity to buy one of 15 properties that were surplussed by Port of Centralia commissioners on Wednesday. The catch? The purchaser will have to move the house or structure off of port property.

On Wednesday, Kyle Heaton, executive director of the port, proposed a resolution that would surplus the properties in the Long Road area and begin a competitive bid process. It would allow people to submit sealed bids to purchase homes located near the area that will house Centralia Station, a 43-acre multiuse development that is eyeing Fred Meyer as its anchor store.

Heaton said people can purchase the homes or other buildings located on the properties, move them and rehab them.

Read more here: http://www.chronline.com/news/port-of-centralia-surpluses-properties-on-centralia-station-land/article_cc8f65d8-7877-11e7-9d35-533c73fc4c49.html

 

 

Port of Benton, Crow Butte throw 10th anniversary BBQ on Saturday

Wendy Culverwell, August 3, 2017, Tri-City Herald

The Port of Benton celebrates the 10th anniversary of the deal that put remote Crow Butte Park on the Mid-Columbia’s recreation map with a barbecue, homemade ice cream and other festivities Saturday.

Informal ceremonies begin at 11:30 a.m. and port executives and guests will barbecue at noon. Admission that day is free, as is use of the boat launch.

It’s been 10 years since the port signed a 20-year lease with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take over Crow Butte Park.

Read more here:  http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article165355487.html

 

 

MARINAS

Fuel dock opens near downtown Olympia for first time in 18 years

Rolf Boone, August 6, 2017, The Olympian

The Port of Olympia’s marine fuel dock is finally open for business at Swantown Marina, marking the first time since 1999 to have such a facility near downtown, according to the port.

The fuel dock is located near the boat launch at the north end of the marina. It is open seven days a week and will accept cash and major credit cards. Checks won’t be accepted, according to the port.

Read more here:  http://www.theolympian.com/news/business/article165742442.html

 

 

MARINE TERMINALS

Port Houston extends gate hours at Bayport terminal

Joseph Bonney, August 4, 2017, JOC.com

Port Houston will expand truck gate hours at its Bayport terminal this fall to handle growing volume, including increased shipments of synthetic resins through the US Gulf Coast’s largest container port.

Bayport’s gate hours will be expanded to 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. local time, with an in-gate cutoff of 10 p.m. to allow truck drivers to complete their turns by closing time. The longer hours will take effect Oct. 2.

Extended hours at Houston’s other container terminal, Barbours Cut, will be phased in later, the port authority said. Both terminals’ gates now operate from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., with an in-gate cutoff of 6 p.m.

Read more here:  http://www.joc.com/port-news/us-ports/port-houston/port-houston-extends-gate-hours-bayport-terminal_20170804.html

 

 

MISC

The Washington Export Outreach Team is hosting a Grow Your Business Internationally Workshop on September 6, 2017 in Lacey, WA.  The half-day workshop will provide opportunities to:

  • Meet the local, state, regional & federal export resources who will help you on your export journey
  • Learn about resources to develop an export business plan and identify and validate international markets
  • Learn how to find qualified buyers, agents and distributors to grow foreign sales
  • Determine how to ship your products internationally
  • Identify how to get paid, mitigate non-payment risks and finance your export transactions
  • Hear real-life success stories about Washington small business exporters

Participation is free.  You can register by going to this link.  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lacey-grow-your-business-internationally-tickets-35826222195

If you have any interest in participating in the Export Resource Fair (which will be held at the beginning of the workshop), please contact Lisa White (lisa.white@sba.gov).

 

 

 

Summer aviation camp inspires future pilots

Dawn Feldhaus, August 3, 2017, Camas-Washougal Post-Record

Olivia Leclerc recently had “the best day” of her life at Grove Field Airport, north of Camas.

Leclerc, 9, of Portland, made that statement shortly after having the opportunity to fly Kent Mehrer’s airplane.

It was her first time riding in and flying a small plane.

Read more here:  http://www.camaspostrecord.com/news/2017/aug/03/summer-aviation-camp-inspires-future-pilots/

 

 

 

Ilwaco museum explores early salmon derbies

August 3, 2017, The Daily News

Derby Days: Chasing the Prize is the title of an exhibit opening at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, 115 S.E. Lake St., Ilwaco.

The exhibition explores the history of “Derbyville” and the early years of salmon derbies, recreational fishing and the emergence of the charter boat fishing industry on the Long Beach Peninsula.

The rise of recreational fishing as a popular pursuit took on a new dimension in the years after World War II, though angling developed centuries before, according to a press release from the museum.

Read more here:  http://tdn.com/lifestyles/entertainment-local/derby-days-chasing-the-prize/article_7ca5ac60-2848-5448-97e8-88910399fca3.html

 

 

 

Port of Kennewick dedicates family-friendly area on the south shore of Clover Island

Christopher Poulsen, August 4, 2017, KEPRtv.com

The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation helped The Port of Kennewick dedicate the shoreline improvements on Clover Island, today.

The Nixyaawii Dance Troop performed after the tribes blessed and dedicated the new, mixed-use commercial area on the south shoreline of Clover Island.

The improvements include and extended boardwalk and bronze art installations.

Read more here:  http://keprtv.com/news/local/port-of-kennewick-dedicates-family-friendly-area-on-the-south-shore-of-clover-island

 

 

TRANSPORTATION

USDOT proposes $79 million in FASTLANE grant awards

August 7, 2017, Progressive Railroading

U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao late last week informed Congress that the U.S. Department of Transportation has proposed nearly $79 million in grants for freight-related rail, port and roadway infrastructure projects under the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act.

The notification to Congress, sent Aug. 2, initiates a 60-day period in which Congress could vote to disapprove the proposed projects if it finds a project objectionable, according to a report by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO).

Read more here:  http://www.progressiverailroading.com/federal_legislation_regulation/news/USDOT-proposes-79-million-in-FASTLANE-grant-awards–52353

 

Cantwell, Murray announce award of $9.9 million for Moses Lake Infrastructure Project

Maria Cantwell Press Release, August 3, 2017

Today, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Patty Murray (D-WA) announced that the Port of Moses Lake has received $9.9 million to complete the Northern Columbia Basin Railroad Project, which expands rail access to vital industries in the northern Columbia Basin.

Specifically, the grant will assist the Port in building, expanding, and upgrading Columbia Basin Railroad lines around the Wheeler Industrial Corridor and industrial lands near Grant County International Airport as well as connect to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway mainline. According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, the Columbia Basin Railroad is the busiest short line railroad in Eastern Washington.

The new and improved rail lines will help retain local manufacturers, provide opportunities for business expansion, and attract new industries. The project is expected to help generate around 13,000 new family-wage jobs throughout the Columbia Basin by increasing the efficiency of moving manufactured goods.

Read more here:  https://www.cantwell.senate.gov/news/press-releases/cantwell-murray-announce-award-of-99-million-for-moses-lake-infrastructure-project

 

 

Port of Moses Lake rail project gets needed $9.9 million in federal funding

Joe Utter, August 4, 2017, iFiberOne

The Port of Moses Lake will receive a $9.9 million federal grant, completing funding for the about $30 million Northern Columbia Basin Rail Project.

The U.S. Department of Transportation made the announcement Thursday.

“The Port of Moses Lake would like to thank all of our federal, state and local partners, elected officials and local businesses that support our application for this grant,” said Darrin Jackson, Port of Moses Lake commissioner. “The rail service will bring great opportunities for our region and to the state, and we are excited to about moving ahead as quickly as possible.”

Read more here:  http://www.ifiberone.com/columbia_basin/port-of-moses-lake-rail-project-gets-needed-million-in/article_c18034f2-793e-11e7-80b4-270e7ba29048.html

 

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