Port reaches out to trust land beneficiaries
February 3, 2017, Forks Forum
On Jan. 20, the Port of Port Angeles hosted an informational gathering for the beneficiaries of Clallam County’s Forest Trust Lands. The timber industry is one of the three areas of economic development and job creation that the Port supports and a goal of its Strategic Plan is to “achieve a reliable and sustainable timber harvest.” Another goal is to “enhance stakeholder engagement and outreach efforts.” The Jan. 20 meeting was offered in support of both these goals.
Trustlands are areas of commercial forest that reverted to Clallam County when landowners in the 1930s did not pay their property taxes. Washington’s Department of Natural Resources has overseen the trust lands for many years.
By law, the DNR is required to manage these lands to provide funding for the county’s junior taxing districts (the beneficiaries). These include schools, fire districts, hospitals, libraries, the Port, the Roads Department of the county and other entities that provide vital services to the taxpayers of Clallam County.
Port invested in Thurston County’s Small Cities
Port of Olympia, February 4, 2017, Thurston Talk
2016 marked the seventh year projects in Thurston County’s small, incorporated cities received a boost from the Port of Olympia. In April of 2016, the Commission approved funding matches for economic development projects in Bucoda, Rainier, Tenino and Yelm, at $10,000 each.
The intent of the Port’s Small Cities Program is to assist with projects that will contribute to local economic development. The program requires an equal cash match from the city. The Port awards the funds after the city has completed the project and submitted the required information.
Small cities are defined as incorporated cities within Thurston County with a population of 10,000 or less.
Port of Olympia aims to be national model of environmental sustainability
Heidi Smith, February 6, 2017, Thurston Talk
Historically, ports have always had a reputation; some as gateways to glamor and adventure, others as gathering places for disreputable characters, and most some combination of both. At the Port of Olympia, Director of Environmental Programs Rachel Jamison is aiming for a different kind of recognition.
“My personal goal is that within the next two to five years, the Port of Olympia is looked to as one of the most sustainable mid-sized ports in the country,” she says. “We do a tremendous amount of work for the environment. I don’t know that the community is aware of everything that is happening here.”
At the Port of Olympia, substantial efforts go beyond what regulatory bodies call for in turning formerly toxic lands into viable parks and sustainable development projects, combating climate change, conserving land and seafront, and developing innovative systems to deal with storm water.
Port focuses on waterfront development
Dawn Feldhaus, February 2, 2017, Camas-Washougal Post-Recort
The immediate priority for the Port of Camas-Washougal is getting the waterfront development off the ground.
That is according to Port Commissioner John Spencer.
“It will improve revenue flow [for the port],” he said during the commission’s strategic and capital planning retreat Jan. 27, at The Heathman Lodge. “The waterfront will have the biggest impact on the community. It will bring jobs, and Washougal needs the sales tax.”
Port announces grocery distribution center to be constructed in Centralia
Justyna Tomtas, February 2, 2017, The Chronicle
Port of Centralia commissioners have waived their right of first refusal on a property owned by Benaroya that will become the future site of a grocery distribution center and is expected to bring in 200 to 400 jobs.
The property is located at 4002 Galvin Road in Centralia.
“They’ve received and entered into a contract with a third party for a portion of approximately 53 acres of property,” Kyle Heaton, executive director of the port, said at a meeting Wednesday. “…The jobs are significant and this is a significant amount of capital that would be built in the community and so obviously that adds to the tax base.”
Port commissioner ask staff for director recommendations
Hayley Day, February 2, 2017, San Juan Journal
The Port of Friday Harbor commissioners are looking for a new executive director, so they started by asking staff for recommendations.
“We wanted to find out what the staff thought was important,” Commissioner Greg Hertel told The Journal.
Recommendations, gathered on Jan. 23-24 by a hired consultant, were presented at the Jan. 25 port meeting. The 39 points presented, included characteristics like accepting of others’ input, respectful of subordinates and not making rash decisions. If the job includes aspects of the facilities manager’s position, the report suggests it be included in the executive director’s job description.
Seattle Port CEO resigns; $4.7M in worker bonuses questioned
AP, February 3, 2017, The Brownsville Herald
The Port of Seattle’s chief executive who resigned Wednesday covertly gave himself a $24,500 raise, inappropriately accepted gifts for travel and sporting events and potentially directed port business to his father’s company, internal documents released by the port Friday said.
Ted Fick, who had been placed on administrative leave last week pending a review of his performance, resigned Thursday, less than three years after he was hired to the $350,000-a-year position. “Over the past several months, I have come to the realization that my talents and strengths are better suited to the private sector, where I plan to return,” Fick wrote.
Fick’s resignation also came amid an investigation that determined the port had illegally given more than 600 workers about $4.7 million in extra pay.
Alabama signs key port agreement with Cuba
Tim Steere, February 3, 2017, Birmingham Business Journal
Alabama has signed an agreement with Cuba in an effort to bolster trade between the Port of Mobile and Port of Havana.
Though the state already maintains a working trade relationship through sanctioned products like timber and poultry, the new agreement is aiming to enhance that relationship over the next several years. Mobile already ranks fifth among U.S. ports in exports to Cuba.
NWSA container volumes up 2% in 2016
Ben Meyer, February 2, 2017, American Shipper
The Northwest Seaport Alliance (NWSA), which comprises the ports of Seattle and Tacoma, Wash., handled 3.6 million TEUs for the full year in 2016, a 2 percent increase from 2015 and the highest container throughput for the ports since 2007, according to recent data from the port authority.
Loaded import volumes were up 6 percent to 1.4 million TEUs compared with the previous year, while laden exports jumped 13 percent to 984,274 TEUs.