Port of Woodland Receives $60,000 in Rural Development Grants – News Release

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Port of Woodland Receives $60,000 in Rural Development Grants

WOODLAND, Wash. – Cowlitz County Commissioners recently awarded $60,000 in Rural Development Grand money to the Port of Woodland for two major economic development projects the port has taken on.

Commissioners awarded the port $50,000 for permitting, environmental study and pre-engineering work for a new boat launch proposed to be built at Martin’s Bar on the Columbia River. Also awarded to the port was a $10,000 grant for a feasibility study of a light industrial business incubator park at the port’s Guild Road property.

“We’re thrilled to receive the money that Cowlitz County awarded through this grant program,” said Port of Woodland Executive Director Nelson Holmberg. “These two projects promise a combination of recreation and industrial development that go directly at the core of our mission. We fully expect that both projects will have a positive effect on job growth in the Woodland area.”

The commission awarded the full $10,000 that the port requested in its application for the feasibility study. The $50,000 for the boat launch project was 50 percent of the port’s request.

“When the requests totaled nearly $3 million, and the amount available for these grants was just over $1 million, we fully expected to not get 100 percent,” Holmberg said. “We’re very happy with the $50,000, which will go a long way in helping us take the next steps on our boat launch project.”

County commissioners awarded a total of $1 million in Rural Economic Development funds. There were 14 requests totaling $2.8 million this year.

The Port of Woodland owns more than 300 acres of property for light industrial and recreational opportunities in south Cowlitz County along the Columbia and Lewis rivers. The port’s location provides easy access to Interstate 5, rail transportation on the BNSF Railway north-south mainline, and is close to deep draft marine terminals at three major shipping ports. The Port of Woodland is also less than 30 minutes from Portland International Airport and is included within the Portland-Vancouver USA metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

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