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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



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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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