JANUARY 15, 2016

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Port of Kennewick aims for Vista Field construction start in 2017

By Wendy Culverwell, January 14, 2016, Tri City Herald

Two years after the final plane called on Kennewick’s Vista Field, the old airstrip has a tentative date with bulldozers.

The Port of Kennewick wants to break ground on the first phase of infrastructure and road development by March 2017.

Read more here: http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/article54423360.html#storylink=cpy

 

 

ELECTIONS/GOVERNANCE 

Port of Seattle offers new parental leave policy

Amity Addrisi, January 12, 2016, KING 5 NEws

The Port of Seattle is stepping up their family leave policy to keep and recruit new employees. The port will now offer four weeks of paid parental leave.

Paid leave is not a guarantee in the state of Washington. Port employees, and many others around the state, had to use their sick leave or vacation time in order to get paid after having a baby.

Read more here: http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/2016/01/12/port-seattle-new-parental-leave-policy/78679788/

 

 

 

LAND USE 

Port of Tacoma joins Seattle Arena debate

Chris Daniels, January 12, 2016, KING 5 News

The Port of Tacoma has officially entered the fray of the Seattle Arena debate. It’s part of the new dynamic after the Port of Seattle joined their neighbors to the south to create the Northwest SeaPort Alliance.

It led to a meeting Tuesday morning in which the commissioners for the combined maritime operations discussed their concerns over Chris Hansen’s proposed arena in Seattle’s SoDo neighborhood. It’s also a signal that the saga, which started in 2011, may be nearing its final act.

Read more here: http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/seattle/2016/01/12/port-tacoma-joins-seattle-arena-debate/78689966/

 

 

MARINAS 

Port of Brownsville will maintain Keyport’s docks

By Dr. Terry Asla, January 14, 2015, North Kitsap Herald

Port of Brownsville staff will provide maintenance to the Port of Keyport’s marina under an interlocal agreement approved and signed by commissioners Jan. 13.

The two port districts are neighbors, located midway between Bremerton and Poulsbo.

Read more here: http://www.northkitsapherald.com/news/365360971.html

 

 

PEOPLE 

Port of Port Townsend executive director to retire in June

January 15, 2016, Peninsula Daily News

Larry Crockett, who has served as the Port of Port Townsend’s executive director since 1999, has announced he will retire June 1.

Crockett made the announcement Wednesday.

Read more here: http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/article/20160114/news/301149997/port-of-port-townsend-executive-director-to-retire-in-june

 

RAIL 

Port to kick start planning for $15 million rail corridor expansion

By Marissa Luck, January 14, 2016, The Daily News

Port of Longview is moving forward with its plans for a $15 million expansion of its industrial rail corridor. The expansion will improve transportation and attract new clients, port officials said.

This week, commissioners approved of spending $650,000 this year for planning and permitting for the project, which will be paid for out of the capital budget.

Read more here: http://tdn.com/news/local/port-to-kick-start-planning-for-million-rail-corridor-expansion/article_43f3232a-8de2-5b09-ba19-832e767796d7.html

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