MARCH 9, 2017

AIRPORTS

Port of Port Angeles in talks with new airline; Zephyr proposal still on table

Jesse Major, March 8, 2017, Peninsula Daily News

The Port of Port Angeles is in talks with another airline now in its effort to secure commercial passenger air service from Port Angeles to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, said John Nutter, director of finance and administration for the port.

Port officials have been in talks with Zephyr Air, which last month publicly proposed flights from Fairchild International Airport to both Boeing Field and Sea-Tac International Airport.

Nutter said Tuesday he couldn’t name the latest airline under consideration — the 13th airline since Kenmore Air left in November 2014 — but said the port plans to release more information today.

Read more here:  http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/port-of-port-angeles-in-talks-with-new-airline-zephyr-proposal-still-on-table/

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Port finishes 2016 strong thanks in part to record dry bulk exports

March 6, 2017, The Daily World

The Port of Grays Harbor reported a record volume of agricultural products exported through their Terminal 2 in 2016.

According to the Port’s February newsletter, the Port saw 98 vessels at their four terminals, which equated to more than 154,000 hours worked by longshoremen at the docks, the equivalent of 86 full time dock workers. Ag Processing Inc., or AGP, which operates an agricultural products storage and shipping facility at Terminal 2, saw record volume in 2016, which helped bring the Port’s total tonnage handled to more than 2.4 million metric tons.

“Grays Harbor plays a vital role in connecting our products with buyers around the Pacific Rim,” Cal Meyer, Group Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at AGP, said at the Port’s annual business report at the Log Pavilion Feb. 15. “Whether it’s longshoremen loading product at the terminal or Port staff hosting buyer groups from abroad, the partnership with the team here at the Port has been critical.”

Read more here:  http://www.thedailyworld.com/business/port-finishes-2016-strong-thanks-in-part-to-record-dry-bulk-exports/

 

LAND USE

Port eyes $1.67 million in fairgrounds improvements

Justin Burnett, March 8m, 2017, South Whidbey Record

The Port of South Whidbey hopes to become the official new owner of the fairgrounds by the end of the month, and once the transfer is complete district commissioners will likely move quickly on a plan to invest about $1.67 million in renovations over the next two years, port Executive Director Angi Mozer said.

The port’s draft improvement plan is wide ranging, covering everything from immediate safety fixes such as a $25,000 emergency exit in the blackbox of the Pole Building to the estimated $750,000 demolition and replacement of horse barns one, two and three in late 2018.

The project tab, about $1.15 million, will be largely covered with unsecured grants. The port plans to cover the remaining $515,000, likely with a bond or loan backed by the general fund, said Mozer, though no decisions have been made.

Read more here:  http://www.southwhidbeyrecord.com/news/port-eyes-1-67-million-in-fairgrounds-improvments/

 

 

Port of Douglas County approves new data pods at Pangborn Business Park

March 8, 2017, KOHO101

Lisa Parks, Executive Director of the Port of Douglas County, joins Chris Hansen to talk about last week’s joint Our Valley Our Future meeting, new data pods coming to the Pangborn Business Park by Gigawatt Inc. and an economic development study for the North End.

Read/listen here:  http://koho101.com/2017/03/port-of-douglas-county-approves-new-data-pods-at-pangborn-business-park/

 

PEOPLE

Port of Coupeville launching search for permanent director

Megan Hansen, February 10, 2017, Whidbey News-Times

The search is underway for a permanent executive director for the Port of Coupeville.

Interim Director Jan Marc Jouas told port commissioners Wednesday that it’s time they start advertising for his replacement.

Jouas accepted the interim position in October. The initial agreement was for him to fill the position for four months.

Read more here:  http://www.whidbeynewstimes.com/news/port-of-coupeville-launching-search-for-permanent-director/

 

TRANSPORTATION

Trump begins to map out $1 Trillion Infrastructure Plan

Michael C. Bender, March 8, 2017, The Wall Street Journal

President Donald Trump pushed his White House team on Wednesday to craft a plan for $1 trillion in infrastructure spending that would pressure states to streamline local permitting, favor renovation of existing roads and highways over new

Read more here:  https://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-begins-to-map-out-1-trillion-infrastructure-plan-1489012229

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