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Port of Kalama, Kalama School District team up to engage students on career opportunities in Kalama and beyond

Port and School district plan Career Fair to educate students about port industries and career outlook

Did you know that industries at the Port of Kalama employ more than 1000 people? And there are Fortune 500 companies right here conducting global business and commerce including import/export, manufacturing, marketing, welding and steel work, recycling, trucking and any myriad other commercial and industrial enterprises. They choose Kalama for its ideal location in the heart of the Pacific Northwest on the highway, railroad and river.

The Port of Kalama and the Kalama School District are working together to let Kalama students know more about opportunities after high school. And they are plentiful—right here at home.

The Kalama School District Career Fair takes place on Thursday, February 16 at Kalama High School with sessions for students from noon to 3:00 p.m. and again in the evening for parents to join them for a showcase of the wide range of job opportunities available, the skill sets required, and the pathway to obtaining those jobs. The event, which will be organized like a trade show with booths and spokespeople, is intended to be a career fair rather than a job fair and there is no expectation of hiring as part of the event.

Where: Kalama High School Gym

When: February 16, 12:00—3:00 and 5:00—6:30

“The Port of Kalama is working to develop a closer relationship between the students and faculty of the Kalama Schools and the Port’s business partners on the waterfront the fair offers an opportunity to meet members of the business community and learn about the work we do, as well as career opportunities for students,” says Mark Wilson, executive director, Port of Kalama. “We hope to improve the understanding of the business activities here and let students know about the many career opportunities that can be found right here in the community.”

Kalama students will go through the career fair in groups: 6th, 7th and 8th grade first; 9th and 10th second; and 11th and 12th last. Each group will have about an hour to visit with the businesses. Each group will have received an hour long presentation about the business community at the Port prior to going to the career fair to help guide them to career opportunities they want to learn more about. The partnership’s goal is to make middle and high school students aware of the career opportunities in their community and how to build a path toward those careers.

For more information or to RSVP to participate, call Jackie Heupel at the Port of Kalama at 360-673-2325 or jheupel@portofkalama.com , Mark Wilson, Executive Director, Port of Kalama at 360-673-2325, markwilson@portofkalama.com or Eric Nerison, Superintendent, Kalama Schools at 360-673-5228, eric.nerison@kalama.k12.wa.us.

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Port of Kalama marina project will bring enhanced recreational access and environmental benefits to the region

The first step toward a significant marina renovation is complete with the City of Kalama’s approval of the Port’s shoreline substantial development permit application. The shoreline permit is required for development or activity performed within 200 feet of the Columbia River shoreline.

The decision will now be submitted to the Washington State Department of Ecology. The Port will continue to work with State and Federal regulatory agencies on the remainder of the permits needed for this project. The project is in the final design and planning stage and will go out to bid later this year, 2017.

“The Port of Kalama marina renovation project will perform maintenance and upgrades while enhancing safety and environmental protection, American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility, facility aesthetics and overall attractiveness of the entire marina,” says Darin Sampson, Port of Kalama project manager.

Among many, some improvements include:

  • Construction of ADA-compliant aluminum-grated gangway for ADA access to the visitor dock and entrance to marina.
  • Replacement of concrete floats with aluminum-grated floats
  • Removal of nine creosote timber piles and salvage of ten steel piles
  • Provide and/or upgrade potable water service, fire suppression systems and electrical service to all floats

 

“This marina renovation project will go a long way to ensuring excellent access to the facility as well as the environmental upgrades and safeguards that will protect natural resources like our shoreline and river,” says Tabitha Reeder, Environmental Manager.

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Marina closed to water traffic for dredging tomorrow morning 1/14, 7a to noon

While the marina maintenance project is nearing completion, our crews will be removing pipes from the marina tomorrow morning Saturday, January 14 from 7:00 am to noon. We are sorry for any inconvenience but will be open again tomorrow as soon as piping is removed. Thank you so much for your patience with us! We’re almost done.

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Port of Kalama Offices Closed Today, Commission Meeting Cancelled Tonight Due to Snow!

Winter weather is at it again! The Port of Kalama administrative offices will be closed today due to snow. And the Port of Kalama Commission Meeting scheduled for tonight, January 11, 2017 at 5:30p is CANCELLED. We will post an updated schedule when the weather clears. Thank you, and stay warm!

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Port of Kalama’s East Port Initiative brings advanced recreational and economic growth to the region; new video highlights regional opportunity

The Port of Kalama’s East Port initiative is the latest investment in our community’s future. The vision for East Port includes the Spencer Creek Business Park as well as the adjacent recreational areas. Working closely with the City of Kalama, Cowlitz County and other regional partners, the Port has already made considerable progress toward its goal of strengthening Kalama’s cultural, recreational and employment opportunities.

Haydu Park, the first of two major East Port contributions, is now open for community enjoyment with soccer fields, baseball fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, shoreline access and many other recreational amenities. The gorgeous recreational facility is spread over 45 acres in an idyllic setting adjacent to the Kalama River.

The Port’s $4.5 million investment into the development of this regional destination, at no expense to local tax payers, is a prime example of a strong commitment to Kalama’s quality of life.

Haydu Park also serves as the new home for the Kalama Fair and other popular community events including the Amalak Plant Sale and Fair Board Flea Market— and in time, many others. Activities at Haydu Park continue to attract visitors to Kalama resulting in increased local spending, lodging taxes and other revenues.  Above all, this state-of-the-art enhancement for local sports teams and event organizers is a place they can be proud to call home.

Port of Kalama creates economic engine for the region

Work on the second major East Port component, Spencer Creek Business Park, is now underway.  While full development of Spencer Creek will occur gradually over twenty years, the mixed-use economic engine and employment hub—including a variety of commercial and industrial uses—is anticipated to support more than 1,000 new jobs, $40 million in annual payroll wages, $270 million in business revenues and $4.5 million in annual tax revenue.

Current development at the business park includes grading, infrastructure extension, road improvements and landscaping. Next, the Port will replant new trees and vegetation according to a plan developed in partnership with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.

As the Port of Kalama brings the East Port vision to life, we continue to work closely with the broader community, stakeholder groups, businesses and residents.  As one early outcome of this personal engagement, the Port has purchased several properties located between Kalama River Road and the Kalama River after being approached by property owners there. In each case, the Port has leased back these single-family residences to the original owners while focusing on completing construction at Haydu Park and work on the Spencer Creek Business Park.  While there are no immediate plans for these properties, the intention is to preserve future options including possible improvements and/or habitat enhancement.

Like you, we at the Port of Kalama are residents of this treasured community. We are stewards of the land. And we want what’s best for this place we call home.

As always, the Port will strive to meet or exceed all applicable environmental regulations, community goals and public involvement guidelines as we bring the vision to life. To learn more about East Port and its benefits to the region, please visit www.PortOfKalama.com.

Let’s celebrate our successes together and give thanks for all we share as residents of Kalama!

For more on East Port plans, watch this! Spencer Creek Business Park video

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Port of Kalama hosts Workforce Southwest Washington conference to help ensure area youth are educated and prepared for workforce

Workforce Southwest Washington (WSW), formerly the Southwest Washington Workforce, is a nonprofit organization seeking ideas for programs that would train and help funnel out-of-school youths, aged 16 to 24, into skilled jobs in Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties.

The organization, which focuses on regional economic growth, aims to identify and fund organizations that will design innovative programming and comprehensive services that ensure Southwest Washington youth are prepared for post-secondary success and to serve as a skilled and qualified pipeline to fill local workforce demands.

To do so the WSW will hold a conference for prospective bidders on Dec. 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Port of Kalama, 110 W. Marine Drive, Kalama. Both organizations share common workforce, jobs and economic development missions.

WSW oversees the workforce system for Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties and has invested nearly $70 million to get people working in Southwest Washington. The Port of Kalama exists to induce capital investments in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and enhance public recreational opportunities. More than 30 companies, employing more than 1,000 people, call the Port of Kalama home, including a variety of new and emerging businesses.

The WSW RFP seeks service providers that demonstrate a commitment and history of serving one or more of the following populations: homeless or runaway, foster child, pregnant or parenting, offender, individuals with disabilities (including learning disabilities), veteran or veteran spouse, communities of color or English language learners. WSW is also looking for innovation, collaboration, and passion.

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Pacific Time on January 20, 2017. The Request for Proposal (RFP) and be found at this link: WIOA Out-of-School Youth RFP 2017-2020 Final

For more information on WSW, visit http://workforcesw.org.

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Festival of Lighted Boats sets sail through Kalama this Saturday!

Second annual holiday boat parade offers holiday entertainment for families and groups

Holiday cheer sails right through Kalama this Saturday as the Kalama Chamber of Commerce welcomes a stunning holiday boat parade produced by the Dolphin Yacht Club. The second annual Festival of Lighted Boats takes place at the Port of Kalama’s Marine Park this Saturday, December 10th and promises holiday fun for the entire family with music and caroling, festive food and drink and entertainment. Festival and tents open at 5 p.m. and the Lighted Boat Parade starts at 6:00 p.m.

The festival is free of charge while food, beverages and other surprises will be on sale to guests.

“Kalama’s holiday boat parade showcases some of the best traits of our little town—the most beautiful waterfront park in the region and a community that comes together like family,” says Taryn Nelson, Kalama Chamber president. “The Festival of Lighted Boats is sure to cheer families around the region.”

Families who join in the fun will find a cheery holiday celebration including:

·         Lighted Boat Parade

·         Music & Caroling

·         Festive food and drink

·         Santa photos

·         Family entertainment

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We give thanks.

An Open Letter to Our Community:

What an incredible year! There is so much for which we give thanks and so many reasons to celebrate the growth and prosperity we’ve experienced in our small community.

The mission of the Port of Kalama is to induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and enhance public recreational opportunities.  That means we strive to balance the economy, environment and quality of life to make Kalama the best possible place to live. It is at the forefront of our efforts every day!

From the new Spencer Creek Business Park to a new building in the Kalama River Industrial Park, McMenamins locating here, and international businesses like Northwest Innovation Works choosing Kalama as the perfect place to grow—all of these exist now thanks to years and years of contemplation, collaboration and diligent planning.

But that’s a lot of change at one time we might say.

It may seem like rapid fire growth but what many may not know is that our predecessors worked thoughtfully for decades to plan and prepare for the regional success we are now experiencing. We are grateful for their vision.

We at the Port continue our community’s history and pioneering vision of growing with purpose and intention—in ways that will benefit the entire region for decades to come. This vision brings with it thousands of jobs, revenue streams, economic vitality and opportunities for all who live here in Cowlitz County.

Thanks to responsible planning we also enjoy a thriving recreational system with parks and playgrounds, a new sports complex, and popular riverfront, pathways and marina enhancements. All of these business and recreational assets improve the health, livability and economy here—and all without any Port-levied taxes!

Like you, we at the Port of Kalama are residents of this treasured community. We are stewards of the land. We want what’s best for this place we call home. We are all neighbors—the dedicated people who live, work and play here.

Let’s celebrate our successes together and give thanks for all we share as residents of Kalama!

All the best to you and this great community,

The Port of Kalama Commission and Staff

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Maintenance dredging resumes at Port of Kalama Marina

Maintenance dredging at the Port of Kalama marina continues this week in the alley between boat houses I and H. The dredging commences Wednesday, November 9 through Saturday and should be done by Tuesday November 15. The project then moves to the alley between boat houses G and H beginning Tuesday November 15 through the week.

Maintenance dredging of the Port of Kalama marina is scheduled to run through early December, 2016. The dredging project, which was planned to accommodate fishing season and sports enthusiasts, is scheduled to remove materials that have naturally settled in the marina. The Port conducts maintenance dredging to provide for the safety and enjoyment of recreational visitors.

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Port of Kalama marina guest dock closed from Monday, October 3 to Friday, October 7 as maintenance dredging commences

Maintenance dredging of the Port of Kalama marina is scheduled to commence October 1st and run through early December, 2016. The dredging project, which is planned to accommodate fishing season and sports enthusiasts, is scheduled to remove materials that have naturally settled in the marina.

As a result of the dredging project the guest dock at the marina will be closed from Monday, October 3 to Friday, October 7.

The first actual dredging starts on October 15th at the south end of the marina and guest dock and is expected to run for three weeks. The project team will be working from the south end to the north of the marina which will impact some boat owners and guests at varying phases; signs will be posted and letters sent to inform the community of the progress. The entire project is scheduled to be completed by early December 2016.

“Maintenance of the marina basin is a routine activity to enable safe navigation,” says Mark Wilson, executive director, Port of Kalama.  “The dredging activity will require some inconvenience to our boating customers while we complete the work.  The Port appreciates your patience during this project to keep our marina in great shape.”

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