Economic Development News
Thursday, August 09 2018
Vancouver, WA — With the ring of an antique train bell, the Port of Vancouver USA and its partners dedicated a $251 million rail project that is bringing congestion relief and efficiency to port and regional businesses as well as rail users and communities across the Western U.S.
Wednesday, January 10 2018
Vancouver, WA — The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners voted 3-0 to provide notice to Vancouver Energy that its project must receive the necessary licenses, permits and approvals required to operate by March 31, 2018, or the lease will be terminated, per the lease amendment approved by the board in April 2016.
Licenses, permits and approvals is one of the conditions precedent on which the lease was extended in April 2016. Since then the lease has extended automatically every three months.
Today’s vote came after Commission President Eric LaBrant made a motion to direct CEO Julianna Marler to provide notice that the port elects to negate and nullify the next extension period such that the Conditions Precedent Outside Date (CPOD) remains March 31, 2018. The CPOD is the date by which both parties must be satisfied that conditions such as permits and environmental baseline work are met.
Thursday, October 12 2017
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $30 million to support 35 projects in 15 states under the 2017 Assistance to Coal Communities (ACC 2017) initiative. The funding will assist locally-driven efforts to communities and regions severely impacted by the declining use of coal through activities and programs that support economic diversification, job creation, capital investment, workforce development and re-employment opportunities.
Monday, April 10 2017
Grains, wind energy and copper among cargoes on the increase
Thursday, February 16 2017
Vancouver, WA — The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners today voted 2-1 to approve terms of employment for Julianna Marler, officially installing her as CEO/Executive Director.
Wednesday, January 25 2017
Vancouver, WA — The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners today voted 2-1 to hire interim CEO Julianna Marler as the port’s permanent CEO/Executive Director. Marler, who was appointed interim CEO by the board in May 2016, was one of three finalists for the position. The other two were Edward Galligan, current Executive Director of the Port of Olympia, and Arthur Scheunemann, former President and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County.
“We had three highly qualified candidates, and that made this a hard decision,” said commission President Brian Wolfe. “I believe Julianna is best suited to take us forward and realize the vision this port has for connecting with the community and bringing economic benefit to our region.”
Thursday, September 15 2016
Edmonton-based HiTest Sand Inc. proposes to invest $300 million in a new state-of-the-art silicon refining facility in Usk, creating an estimated 400 construction jobs and 170 permanent full-time jobs.
Olympia, WA -- The Washington State Department of Commerce announced that a new $300-million silicon smelting facility proposed for Usk, Pend Oreille county, by HiTest Sand Inc. has been designated a Project of Statewide Significance and will receive $300,000 in economic development assistance through the Pend Oreille Economic Development Council. Much of the silicon produced from sand at the smelter will be used by in-state solar cell manufacturers, computer chip makers and aluminum product manufacturers.
Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, HiTest estimates about 400 construction jobs and once operational, about 170 permanent, full-time jobs will be created. Paying an average salary well above the community’s prevailing wage, these high-skill jobs will deliver a significant boost to the tri-county region in the northeast corner of the state that’s been struggling with unemployment rates several points above the state’s 5.8 percent average.
Specialty metals manufacturing distributor leases 23,000 square feet at Port of Kalama to expand operations and service to aerospace industry
Monday, May 02 2016
Aero-Vac Alloys & Forge, Inc. chooses Kalama for location, business incentives, skilled workforce; commences move-in May 1, 2016
Kalama, WA -- Specialty metals manufacturing distributor Aero-Vac Alloys & Forge, Inc. has chosen the Port of Kalama to expand its business. The company, which moves both its corporate headquarters and production facility to Kalama from Orange County, California, has just signed a 23,000 square foot lease effective May 1, 2016.
Tuesday, December 15 2015
Vancouver, WA -- Boise Cascade Building Materials Distribution LLC has renewed its lease with the Port of Vancouver USA for at least another 12 years. The long-time port tenant will continue leasing 20 acres and 77,600 square feet of industrial space, and maintain employment for 53 full-time workers.
The lease was unanimously approved by the port’s Board of Commissioners during the board’s Dec. 8 regularly scheduled meeting.
“I’ve been involved with working with the port since the late (1980s), and it’s just been very rewarding,” said Jerry Gaukroger, Boise Cascade branch manager. “With the economic ups and downs that we’ve had over the years…you’ve been able to accommodate our growth, and on behalf of Boise Cascade, I’d like to say, ‘Thank you very much.’”
Wednesday, February 18 2015
WASHINGTON – The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations.
The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS (under 55 pounds) conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. It also addresses height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, aircraft registration and marking, and operational limits. Read Full Story...