DECEMBER 28, 2016



Search for air service in PA continues

December 23, 2016, KONP Newsradio AM 1450 & FM 101.7

The effort to secure full-time air service for Port Angeles is still a work in progress for the Port of Port Angeles, the agency responsible for Fairchild International Airport.

Over the last year, port officials have been talking with several small airlines to get a commitment for air service at Fairchild airport. Ideally, the port would like to provide service from Port Angeles directly to SeaTac airport, including a TSA screening service located at Port Angles.

In their talks with air carriers, Port of Port Angeles executive director Karen Goschen, says that the ability for an air carrier to reach a minimum passenger capacity is a major factor.

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Topping region’s legislative wish list:  Lanes, lake and lager

Andy Hobbs, December 25, 2016, The Olympian

Thurston County cities and economic leaders are backing a set of regional priorities in the 2017 legislative session that focuses on Capitol Lake’s future, Interstate 5 traffic and Tumwater’s craft brewing/distillery project.

This shared legislative agenda involves Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater along with the Port of Olympia, Thurston Regional Planning Council, Thurston County Economic Development Council and the Thurston Chamber of Commerce.

The three legislative priorities will have a broad appeal and impact on the region in addition to being a significant investment in Thurston County’s economic infrastructure, said Doug Mah, a public affairs consultant and former Olympia mayor who was hired by the chamber.

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Projects aim to boost Columbia County, region’s economy

Dian Ver Valen, December 24, 2016,

In 2017, economic development leaders in Columbia County will focus their efforts on walking and biking paths, the fairgrounds and assisted-living housing, in that order.

These three projects were ranked highest among the 22 people who voted at the annual Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy meeting on Wednesday in Dayton.

“The projects we vote for here become the agenda items for our Economic Development Steering Committee next year,” said Jennie Dickinson, manager of the Port of Columbia. The Port is responsible for both this annual strategy meeting and the monthly steering committee meetings.

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South Dakota soybean farmers invited to tour Northwest

December 26, 2016, Tri-State Neighbor

The South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (SDSRPC) invites South Dakota soybean farmers to apply for the sixth annual See for Yourself mission to Washington state. From March 13-16, 2017, selected farmers will experience firsthand their checkoff dollars at work.

During the tour, participants will see where their soybeans go after leaving the farm and how they are processed at export locations on their way to overseas customers. More than 60 percent of South Dakota soybeans are exported each year. Attendees will learn how their checkoff dollars are invested to promote soybeans in the U.S. and abroad.

The 15 chosen farmers will visit port facilities, Tacoma Export Marketing Co., the Port of Grays Harbor and an AGP export facility. Other stops include BNSF Railway and the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, a division of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and REG – Grays Harbor LLC, a biodiesel facility.

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