JUNE 1, 2015

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Oil refinery faces host of hurdles before coming to LongviewPort of Longview made national headlines this week when it announced it would pursue a deal with a startup company for a new $800 million oil refinery. But how likely is it that the plant would actually be built?

 

LAND USE 

Brainstorming the waterfront’s future Port of Vancouver making plans, taking community input on redevelopment of Terminal 1 site.

 

TOURISM 

Tourists and their money are welcome hereTourism is big business in the region despite loss of state agency to attract visitors from around the world.

 

TRADE 

Guest column: Washington needs trade for economic growthUnlike the U.S. economy as a whole, the economic fabric of Washington is overwhelmingly trade-dependent. 

State growers let $100M worth of unsold apples rot Growers group estimates $95 million in lost sales, partly because of the port labor dispute. The apples that could not be shipped will be composted. 

 

TRANSPORTATION 

Inslee urges highway plan, but takes backseat on gas taxGov. Jay Inslee went to a sausage factory Thursday to urge state lawmakers to grind out a deal on funding highway improvements.

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