DECEMBER 6, 2016



Mitsubishi shows off new planes

Charles H. Featherstone, December 5, 2016, Columbia Basin Herald

Twenty-five hundred hours.

That’s 104 days and change.

And it’s how much time in the air it will take to get to the two new Mitsubishi Regional Jets (MRJ) sitting in a giant hangar here in Moses Lake certified as airworthy by the Japan Civil Aviation Bureau, according to Reina Endo, manager of the Moses Lake Flight Test Center.

The two planes arrived from Japan in the last few weeks for rigorous flight testing, and Mitsubishi threw the hangar open on Sunday to show off the new planes — the company’s first passenger aircraft in nearly half a century.

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Defense bill supports Port of Benton, shoreline efforts

Wendy Culverwell, December 2, 2016, Tri-City Herald

The U.S. House of Representatives authorized two key Tri-City economic development initiatives in the final version of the National Defense Authorization Act.

The house passed the bill Friday on a vote of 375 to 34. The legislation is expected to be considered in the Senate next week.

The bill authorizes defense spending, including pay raises for troops, as well as initiatives to bolster the Tri-Cities.

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Port of Columbia helps grow area’s economy

Jennie Dickinson, December 4, 2016,

As a new contributor to the Business Monthly, I’d like to start out by introducing you to the Port of Columbia.

Our Port District was formed in 1958 with an eye toward potential new grain shipping opportunities on the Snake River as the dams were being constructed, as well as other transportation and industrial development possibilities.

A subcommittee of the Dayton Chamber of Commerce proposed the new district and put it to a vote of the people. It passed 1,260 for to 316 against.

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US Congress on course to pass port bill

Reynolds Hutchins, December 5, 2016,

House and Senate negotiators Monday released a compromise water infrastructure bill – with some long-anticipated federal dollars for harbor deepening projects at Port Everglades and Charleston – and plan to send it to President Obama’s desk before the end of the week.

The bill also contains a modernized cost-sharing formula for future channel deepening projects, which would increase the minimum depth required for a 50-50 federal-state funding split from 45 to 50 feet – something port interest groups have applauded.

Although negotiators have said they would like to see the bill – formerly the Water Resources Development Act, but now incorporated in a much larger Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act – headed to the White House by the end of the week, it still faces some challenges from the Senate side.

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The 2016 Boss of the Year winners:  Ed Galligan, Rozanne Garman and Kevin Johnston

Rolf Boone, December 4, 2016, The Olympia

The Thurston County Chamber of Commerce has announced its 2016 Boss of the Year winners.

The honorees are Port of Olympia Executive Director Ed Galligan; RHD Enterprises of Lacey President Rozanne Garman; and Capital Mall General Manager Kevin Johnston.

Honorable mentions also went to Tumwater City Administrator John Doan; Joint Animal Services of Thurston County Executive Director Ric Torgerson; and Choice Regional Health Executive Director Winfried Danke.

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