OCTOBER 24, 2016

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

New charger will invite electric cars to plug in and plow on

David Plechl, October 19, 2016, Chinook Observer

An ongoing partnership between Port of Peninsula and the city of Long Beach has provided a jolt of energy to local commerce and tourism.

An electric vehicle charging station should be plug-in ready by the end of October. The modern dual charger with a classic look will be located in the public parking lot at Fourth Street South and Oregon Avenue in downtown Long Beach.

The charger will connect the local area to the so-called Green Highway — a network of charge nodes that parallels the Pacific Ocean, but has excluded visitors from accessing points on the Peninsula since the advent and proliferation of electric and hybrid vehicles.

Read more here:  http://www.chinookobserver.com/co/local-news/20161019/new-charger-will-invite-electric-cars-to-plug-in-and-plow-on

 

Report:  Centralia Station to provide big boost to jobs, tax revenue

Justyna Tomtas, October 21, 2016, The Chronicle

The first study outlining the potential economic impacts the Centralia Station development will have on the community has been released.

The study, prepared for the Port of Centralia by ECONorthwest, was completed on Oct. 18.

According to the Port of Centralia Executive Director Kyle Heaton, the report shows the positive impacts the 43-acre development near the Mellen Street interchange would have.

Read more here:  http://www.chronline.com/report-centralia-station-to-provide-big-boost-to-jobs-tax/article_5471974a-9805-11e6-846f-d37970c712df.html

 

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES

Port of Seattle concludes environmental study on Terminal 5

October 18, 2016, American Journal of Transportation

The Port of Seattle has completed the environmental analysis of Terminal 5 and has prepared the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) on the project to modernize the cargo-handling facility in order to serve larger cargo vessels. The proposed upgrades to Terminal 5 are wharf rehabilitation, berth deepening, electrical service and improvements to the upland portions of the property.

“Based on public comment we are including a number of improvements, such as shore power for vessels, installing gates for noise and safety mitigation for rail, and significant traffic improvement measures,” said John Creighton, Port of Seattle Commission president and co-chair of The Northwest Seaport Alliance. “We want to thank the public for weighing in on this proposal during the comment period.”

“With this Final Environmental Impact Statement for Terminal 5, we are one step closer to making this prime maritime asset ‘Big Ship Ready’ and able to handle the largest container vessels working the market today,” said Connie Bacon, Port of Tacoma Commission president and co-chair of The Northwest Seaport Alliance. “This region needs this terminal to remain competitive in today’s global economy.”

Read more here:  https://www.ajot.com/news/port-of-seattle-concludes-environmental-study-on-terminal-5

 

Council oks final Shoreline Master Plan letter for Ecology Department

October 19, 2016, My Edmonds News

The Edmonds City Council Tuesday night by a 4-2 vote approved a response to Washington State Department of Ecology-required changes to the city’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP). Councilmember Tom Mesaros was absent from the meeting.

The approval comes after years of work by city staff, discussion by city council members, and testimony from citizens and Port of Edmonds officials regarding the SMP, which is how the city defines, regulates and protects critical areas such as the Edmonds Marsh. The Ecology Department reviews the SMPs of cities to ensure that they comply both with the state’s Shoreline Management Act and SMP guidelines.

In a June 27 letter to the city, the Ecology Department identified several changes as prerequisites to approval. The council had the option of choosing to accept the Ecology Department’s changes or submit an alternate proposal, but Ecology officials have been clear that the city must provide its rationale for any deviation from department requirements.

Read more here:  http://myedmondsnews.com/2016/10/council-oks-final-shoreline-master-plan-letter-for-ecology-department/

 

Hoquiam City Administrator:  ‘unbiased consultant’ hired to review Port oil project permit

October 24, 2016, The Daily World

The final decision regarding the shorelines permit application for Westway Terminal’s controversial Port of Grays Harbor oil storage and shipping facility with the City of Hoquiam will indeed come down to one man: City Administrator Brian Shay. But before that day comes a lengthy period of continued review and public comment will factor into the approval or denial of the permit.

“I am the one who is going to sign it, but before that we hire a consultant to write a draft decision,” said Shay. “We have to prove we are not being arbitrary and capricious in our decision making, and this is how we do that.”

The consulting firm of ICF has been hired to produce the draft decision. ICF has offices around the world, the nearest in Olympia, and “deploys integrated services to execute environmental impact assessment for complex projects involving diverse stakeholders and multiple layers of regulation,” according to their website. They claim their process ensures “compliance with state regulations such as the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).” Shay says the firm is the same one used to draft the final environmental impact statement for the project.

Read more here:  http://www.thedailyworld.com/news/hoquiam-city-administrator-unbiased-consultant-hired-to-review-port-oil-project-permit/

 

Hundreds express dissent for shipment of fracking sands through Port of Olympia

Tony Overman, October 22, 2016, The Olympian

About 250 people gathered at Olympia’s Port Plaza on Saturday, carrying signs reading, “Protect Mother Earth,” “Olympia WA stands with Standing Rock Sioux,” “Fossil Fuel expansion is war,” and “Our port supports oil fracking with our tax $.”

The demonstration came about a month after the Port of Olympia received a shipment of ceramic proppants, also known as fracking sand. The product is sent to North Dakota to aid in the removal of Bakken oil. The September shipment was the first since January 2015, with shipments ceasing due to the drop in oil prices.

Demonstrators who gathered Saturday consisted of Olympia and Thurston county residents, and of tribal members from throughout Western Washington. The group hosting the event, Olympia Confronting Climate Crisis, had hosted several other anti-fracking events in recent weeks, including a march through Olympia Arts Walk on Oct. 7.

Read more here:  http://www.theolympian.com/news/local/article109968372.html

 

LAND USE

CBC plots $10M culinary move to Kennewick waterfront

Wendy Culverwell, October 18, 2016, Tri-City Herald

Columbia Basin College hopes to develop a $10 million culinary school next to Duffy’s Pond, in what promises to be its first venture into Kennewick.

The ambitious project will serve 120 students and is slated to be built on a former manufactured home park at the Port of Kennewick’s Columbia Gardens Wine and Artisan Village, near the cable bridge.

Columbia Gardens is the port’s unbuilt effort to transform an industrial stretch of Columbia Drive into a river-oriented visitor destination, dotted with wineries and other upscale amenities.

Read more here:  http://www.tri-cityherald.com/news/local/education/article109092777.html

 

Changes coming to Kennewick waterfront

Dennis Shannon, October 19, 2016, KVEW-TV.com

The port of Kennewick, the city and Columbia Basin College are joining hands to take redevelopment of Columbia drive to the next level.

Port property surrounding Duffy’s pond will be turned into a mixed-use development featuring a wine village, retail and restaurants.

Read more here:  http://www.kvewtv.com/article/2016/oct/19/changes-coming-kennewick-waterfront/

 

MISC

Port, EDC discuss benefits of Grant County overseas

Rodney Harwood, October 21, 2016, Columbia Basin Herald

Representatives from Grant County joined the “Choose Washington” delegation on the world stage at the Japan International Aerospace Exhibition, which featured an estimated 700 exhibitors from over 35 countries at the event organized by the Society of Japanese Aerospace Companies.

Port of Moses Lake Executive Director Jeffrey Bishop and Grant County Economic Development Council Executive Director Linda Martin, who also represented interests of the ASPI Group, were able to present economic benefits of Grant County and the Grant County International Airport during the event that occurs just once every four years.

“It was an opportunity to educate (business leaders) about Washington as a whole and how for our population size, that we have so many advantages and diversity of industry type,” Martin said. “As far as trade shows go, it was more of a captured audience. We were lucky because our booth was located closely to the Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Ltd. exhibit where they had a replica of the inside of the MRJ. We drew a lot of traffic to people on their way to the Mitsubishi booth, which was well visited.”

Read more here:  http://www.columbiabasinherald.com/article/20161021/ARTICLE/161029957

 

PEOPLE

Path to a new Port of Tacoma CEO lies in retreat with Port of Seattle leaders

Kate Martin, October 21, 2016, The News Tribune

Port commissioners say they are ready to talk about the Port of Tacoma’s future, and part of that discussion includes looking for a new CEO.

But the job the new CEO takes over will be far different from what it was six years ago, when current CEO John Wolfe took the helm. Since then the port has weathered a recession and formed the Northwest Seaport Alliance with its former rival, the Port of Seattle. Wolfe now also leads the alliance.

In making the change, the Port of Tacoma licensed around 85 percent of its properties, based on gross revenues, to the Seaport Alliance. The new Port of Tacoma CEO will govern what remains, with Wolfe continuing as the alliance CEO.

Read more here:  http://www.thenewstribune.com/news/business/port-of-tacoma/article109725832.html

 

TECHNOLOGY

Seattle-Tacoma ports flex apps to reduce terminal wait times

Bill Mongelluzzo, October 21, 2016, JOC.com

The Northwest Seaport Alliance of Seattle and Tacoma in early November will launch two mobile applications designed to help truckers and beneficial cargo owners expedite the flow of containers through and within marine terminals and along local freight corridors.

Port congestion is a growing global problem as ocean carriers introduce ever-larger vessels and these mega-ships generate huge cargo surges that impact marine terminals and the roadways that feed the ports. The DrayQ and DrayLink mobile apps provide real-time visibility to conditions at marine terminals and provide data that can help truck dispatchers and drivers better plan their port calls.

DrayQ was introduced earlier this year at the Port of Oakland and is one of the products that technology firms specializing in harbor-related transportation are developing to improve port productivity. Also this year, InfoMagnusintroduced its GeoStamp product that is now in use by truckers, terminal operators and BCOs in Los Angeles-Long Beach. Truckers, terminal operators and BCOs are deploying these technologies along with process improvements at major gateways.

Read more here:  http://www.joc.com/port-news/terminal-operators/seattle-tacoma-ports-flex-apps-reduce-terminal-time-waits_20161021.html

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