JULY 11, 2016

AIRPORTS

Kelso airport asks for continued help from Longview port

July 9, 2016, The Bellingham Herald

Airport managers in Kelso are appealing to the Port of Longview to continue supporting the air field for another two years, rather than bowing out in November as planned.

The Daily News reports ( http://bit.ly/29oTRpV ) that without assistance from the port the Southwest Washington Regional Airport would lose 17 percent of its operating revenue.

In a 2-1 vote in February, Port of Longview commissioners voted to terminate the port’s contract with the airport, giving nine months notice.

On Wednesday interim airport manager Steve Taylor asked commissioners to rescind their termination and extend the contract by two years, citing improved revenue prospects at the airfield.

Read more here:  http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/state/washington/article88650952.html

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Columbia County business workshops on deck

Dian Ver Valen, July 8, 2016, Union-Bulletin.com

Entrepreneurs in Columbia County will have access beginning this fall to a series of local business workshops, funded by an $18,000 federal grant just awarded.

These workshops, geared toward micro-farming and value-added agriculture businesses, will include presentations on developing local food systems and detailed information on starting and running these types of enterprises — as well as several general topics on funding opportunities, basic bookkeeping and more.

This USDA Rural Business Development Grant was submitted by the Port of Columbia and the Southeast Washington Economic Development Association, which represents Whitman, Asotin and Garfield counties.

Read more here:  http://www.union-bulletin.com/news/local_governments/port_of_columbia/columbia-county-business-workshops-on-deck/article_f797071a-4527-11e6-b00d-2b4737701a93.html

 

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