OCTOBER 8, 2014

BUDGET/FINANCES 

Port of Kennewick asked to shave millions, prioritize projectsFor the first time, commissioners asked to do two-year budget.

 

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

Port of Grandview commissioners approve purchase of steel buildingDuring a special meeting on Tuesday, Port of Grandview commissioners completed the purchase of what will be an incubator for small businesses.

 

 

ENVIRONMENT/NATURAL RESOURCES 

Foes see partiality in oil terminal review processState’s choice to help evaluate Tesoro-Savage documents has worked for Tesoro.

 

 

LAND USE 

Port of Camas-Washougal proposes park on waterfrontThe Port of Camas-Washougal has filed a request with the city of Washougal seeking preliminary site plan approval to build a 5.73 acre waterfront park along the Columbia River.

 

 

MARINE TERMINALS 

In historic decision, Ports of Seattle and Tacoma join forcesThe Ports of Tacoma and Seattle announced Tuesday they would join forces to create a Seaport Alliance that will manage their cargo terminals. 

Seattle, Tacoma ports forge alliance to protect market shareThe ports of Seattle and Tacoma are taking a bold step to improve the competitiveness of the Pacific Northwest gateway by unifying the planning, marketing and management of their marine cargo terminals and related functions under a single body.

 

 

MISC 

New Harper Pier is bornNot much was keeping the old Harper Pier together by the time port officials roped it off in 2012. 

Economic impact of Seattle and Tacoma ports quantified in studyMaritime cargo activity at the ports of Seattle and Tacoma supported 48,100 direct, indirect and induced jobs and $4.1 billion in income and re-spending in the region, according to a study released Tuesday by Martin Associates.

 

 

RAIL 

Study: Freight rail worth a decade of Washington’s economic growthWashington residents can thank freight rail for insulating the state during the recent recession. 

BNSF to invest $235M in Washington railroad system as debate over coal trains smoldersBNSF Railroad will invest $235 million in its system in Washington state this year, nearly double the amount invested in 2013.

 

 

TRANSPORTATION 

US House bill would fund freight projects via cargo feeRep. Alan Lowenthal, D-Ca., thinks shippers are so frustrated with freight bottlenecks on the U.S. highway network that they’re willing to fork over more money for national infrastructure.

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