OCTOBER 12, 2017

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Port of Chehalis, Airport granted money for projects from distressed counties fund

The Chronicle, October 10, 2017, The Chronicle

The Port of Chehalis and the city of Chehalis received money from the distressed counties fund after the Board of Lewis County Commissioners approved the $163,000 allocation for the projects at its Monday meeting.

The port was awarded $125,000 for a two-year pilot program that will bring a coworking space to downtown Chehalis. The project will provide desk space for rent by the hour, day, week or month.

Of the money awarded, $115,000 will cover the purchase of the building at 478 N. Market Blvd., Chehalis. The remaining $10,000 will be used for any remodeling costs.

Read more here:  http://www.chronline.com/news/port-of-chehalis-airport-granted-money-for-projects-from-distressed/article_edce6738-ade4-11e7-aa6c-37e29eed6b7d.html

 

 

Port to release details on potential big tenant Friday

Marissa Luck, October 12, 2017, The Daily News

In what could lead to millions of dollars in new revenue and dozens of new jobs, the Port of Longview announced Wednesday it has reached a tentative deal with International Raw Materials to lease Berths 1 and 2. The port isn’t releasing details yet about the tentative lease agreement, which will be presented to the public for the first time at a special meeting 10 a.m. Friday at the Port of Longview.

It’s not clear yet whether commissioners will accept the deal or request changes before approving the lease and proposed fees for wharfage and dockage. The port is attempting to finalize the lease before it completes its 2018 budget this month.

Read more here:  http://tdn.com/news/local/port-to-release-details-on-potential-big-tenant-friday/article_9a059823-deb0-5b58-94ca-8a9ac8006698.html

 

 

LAND USE

Port says cautious approach to planning addresses flood risk at Centralia Station

Justyna Tomtas, October 11, 2017, The Chronicle

As the Centralia Station project moves forward, the Port of Centralia has addressed concerns about flooding presented by citizens, stating the port hired some of the best consultants throughout the process to ensure the new 43-acre multi-use development did not exacerbate flooding.

“The bottom line is the port has approached this cautiously,” Kyle Heaton, executive director of the port, told The Chronicle. “We’ve invested a considerable amount of money, and private investors are looking to invest a considerable amount of money. No one would do that if there wasn’t a way to mitigate flood concerns.”

Read more here:  http://www.chronline.com/news/port-says-cautious-approach-to-planning-addresses-flood-risk-at/article_769f4f7a-aed3-11e7-91f2-27bdc07e8b83.html

 

 

MISC

Old railroad car to find new life

Charles H. Featherstone, October 12, 2017, Columbia Basin Herald

It’s long been said that Harry Truman, running for president in 1948, crossed the country in this rail car, stopping at towns along the way and “giving ’em hell,” eventually coming out victorious in an election he wasn’t supposed to win.

“We’re going to add it to our train as an upscale dinner car or a railroad bed and breakfast,” said Bill Thompson, president of the Chehalis-Centralia Railroad and Museum.

“This is quite a piece of railroad equipment, it’s 102 years old, and another car to go with our dinner train,” he added.

Read more here:  http://www.columbiabasinherald.com/local_news/20171012/old_railroad_car_to_find_new_life

 

 

PEOPLE

Port of Seattle names new managing director of its maritime division

Andrew McIntosh, October 10, 2017, Puget Sound Business Journal

The Port of Seattle has named Stephanie Jones Stebbins as the new managing director of its maritime division.

Jones Stebbins will direct the strategic and daily operations of the Port of Seattle’ s cruise ship operations, fishing and commercial operations, recreational marinas, marine maintenance and its industrial properties portfolio.

Read more here:  https://www.bizjournals.com/seattle/news/2017/10/10/port-of-seattle-stephanie-jones-stebbins-maritime.html
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