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Discover! Let’s take a look back at what we’ve explored in 2018

It’s been almost a year since we launched our Discover! campaign—a bi-weekly blog planned to help Kalama residents and visitors better understand what we do, and why!

We explored questions like Who are we? What do we do? Why do we do it? Who makes the decisions and how? And we’ve received excellent responses—we look forward to continuing the discovery with you in 2019!

Now let’s take a look back at some highlights of Discover! before we continue our journey into 2019.

What is the Port of Kalama?

The Port of Kalama is a local government agency considered a Special Purpose District in the State of Washington, which has the largest system of public ports in the world. In Washington, Special Purpose Districts are limited purpose local governments separate from a city, town, or county government.

What is the Port’s mission?

The Port of Kalama’s mission is ‘to induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and to enhance public recreational opportunities.’  The Port Commission ensures a sound economic development strategy for the Port creating a balanced and diverse industry base to provide living wage jobs and a range of community recreational amenities.

At the core of the Port of Kalama’s mission is a promise to carefully evaluate community investments to create jobs and enhance public recreational opportunities all while protecting and enhancing the environment and natural resources. That careful balance is in the DNA of every single project the Port embarks upon. It is the Port’s job to follow an approved Comprehensive Plan—required by law—to ensure that the environment, economy and community assets are thoughtfully planned to work in harmony with one another.

What is the role of the Port’s commissioners or elected officials?

The elected Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners sets Port policy and follows the guidelines of the Port’s Comprehensive Plan and Scheme of Harbor Improvements, a legal document that provides a framework to guide day-to-day decisions and help the Port achieve its mission. The Commission helps to create a balanced and diverse industry base to provide living wage jobs and a range of community recreational amenities.

Does the Port levy taxes on the citizens of Kalama?

No taxes! Decades of strategic planning by past and current Port commissioners continue to ensure the required revenue to maintain port facilities, parks and services for all residents with no taxes added. With careful planning and project management, the Port continues to maintain all long-term economic development projects as well as public facilities with the existing revenue it collects from business operations—not from taxes.

What Port projects are underway?

From Spencer Creek Business Park and the North Port Heavy Industrial Site to a new building in the Kalama River Industrial Park, McMenamins locating here, and international businesses choosing Kalama as the perfect place to grow—all of these exist now thanks to years and years of contemplation, collaboration and diligent planning. Port commission predecessors worked thoughtfully for decades to plan and prepare for the regional success the region is now experiencing.

What is the Port of Kalama’s bottom line?

What’s our bottom line? To make Kalama the most livable place it can be. As community stewards, our mission is to ensure that environment, economy and community assets are thoughtfully planned to work in harmony with one another. It is our mission to preserve our natural resources, ensure clean water and fresh air and co-habitat with the wildlife that share this place with us while growing our economy and jobs.

To review more of the Discover! community education campaign, click here to visit more on our blog page.

Thank you for joining us on this informational voyage as we explored all of the complexities, programs, contributions and responsibilities of the largest Special Purpose District in Kalama—your Port of Kalama.

We’ll be back in January with new insights and discoveries!

Season’s Greetings to All!

Have questions? Call us at 360/673-2325

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PUBLIC HEARING: Kalama Manufacturing & Marine Export Facility, December 13th, 6 to 9 pm, Cowlitz County Event Center

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING:

Kalama Manufacturing & Marine Export Facility

December 13th, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm; doors open at 5:00 pm.

Cowlitz County Event Center located at 1900 7th Avenue, Longview, WA 98632

Purpose of this Notice:  The purpose of this notice is to inform the public that the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft Supplemental EIS) for the Kalama Manufacturing and Marine Export Facility (the proposed project) is being released for public review and comment. A public hearing will be conducted where the public may comment on the Draft Supplemental EIS. An expanded comment period will begin on November 13, 2018 and end on December 28, 2018. All comments received during the comment period will be reviewed and considered in the preparation of the Final Supplemental EIS.

Description of Proposal:  NW Innovation Works, LLC – Kalama (NWIW) proposes to develop and operate a natural gas-to-methanol production plant and storage facilities on approximately 90 acres in the Port of Kalama (Port). The proposed project objective is the manufacture and shipment of methanol to global markets, primarily in Asia for use as a feedstock for manufacturing olefins used in the production of plastics and other materials. Natural gas will be delivered to the methanol plant via a proposed new transmission pipeline lateral. Northwest Pipeline GP will be responsible for obtaining permits for and constructing this pipeline, extending from its existing pipeline approximately three miles through unincorporated Cowlitz County and the City of Kalama. Methanol will be transferred by pipeline across Port property from the storage area to a deep draft marine terminal on the Columbia River including a new dock and new berth with associated dredging.

The Draft Supplemental EIS supplements the previously prepared Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) issued for the proposed project on 30 September 2016 with additional analysis and consideration of mitigation for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributable to the project. The Supplemental EIS is being prepared to address findings by the Washington State Shoreline Hearings Board in its 15 September 2017 Order on Motions for Partial Summary Judgment (SHB No. 17‐010c) and the Cowlitz County Superior Court Order Affirming in Part and Reversing in Part the Shorelines Hearings Board Order dated 15 September 2017 (Superior Court Case No. 17-2-01269-08).

The Supplemental EIS includes a GHG life-cycle analysis covering the following sources of GHG emissions:

(1) GHG emissions attributable to construction of the project;

(2) On-site direct GHG emissions from the project;

(3) GHG emissions from purchased power, including consideration of the potential sources of generation that would satisfy the new load;

(4) GHG emissions potentially attributable to the project from natural gas production, collection, processing, and transmission;

(5) GHG emissions from shipping methanol product to a representative Asian port; and

(6) GHG emissions associated with changes in the methanol industry and related markets that may be induced by the proposed project’s methanol production.

Based on this GHG life cycle analysis and voluntary mitigation measures proposed by the applicant, the Draft Supplemental EIS finds that there are no unavoidable significant adverse impacts due to GHG emissions.

Proponent:  Northwest Innovation Works LLC and the Port of Kalama.

Location of the Proposal:  The project would be located on land leased from the Port. The site is located on the Columbia River in unincorporated Cowlitz County.  It is accessible from Tradewinds Road, a private Port road.

State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Co-Lead Agencies: The Port of Kalama and Cowlitz County are co-lead agencies. The Port is the nominal lead, responsible for complying with the SEPA lead agency duties for the SEPA review process.

Availability of Draft Supplemental EIS copies:  The Draft Supplemental EIS and supporting documents are available for viewing and downloading at https://kalamamfgfacilitysepa.com and copies of the document are also available for review at the following locations:

Port of Kalama Administrative Office: 110 W. Marine Drive, Kalama, WA.

Kalama Public Library: 312 North 1st, Kalama, WA.

Cowlitz County Department of Building & Planning: 207 Fourth Ave N., Suite 119, Kelso, WA.

Longview Public Library: 1600 Louisiana Street, Longview, WA.

Kelso Public Library: 351 Three Rivers Drive, Kelso, WA

Copies of the Draft Supplemental EIS on disk may be requested by contacting the responsible official below. The Port reserves the option of charging for the costs of this reproduction.

Public Hearing: A public hearing will be held on December 13, 2018 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Cowlitz County Event Center located at 1900 7th Avenue, Longview, WA 98632. The public hearing venue is ADA accessible.

Public Comment Period: Agencies, affected tribes, and members of the public are invited to comment on the Draft Supplemental EIS during the expanded comment period, which begins on November 13, 2018 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on December 28, 2018. Written comments will be accepted in the following manner:

Mail:    KMMEF EIS, C/o SEPA Responsible Official, Port of Kalama, 110 West Marine Drive, Kalama, WA 98625

Email:  seis@kalamamfgfacilitysepa.com

Website:  https://kalamamfgfacilitysepa.com

SEPA Responsible Officials:

Ann Farr, Port of Kalama

Elaine Placido, Cowlitz County Director of Building and Planning

 

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Discover! Our place on the Columbia River connects us to international trade and commerce

Three main rivers running through the Pacific Northwest create a transportation system and economic engine like few others in the world. The Columbia River, Willamette River and the Snake River create a world class maritime network to support the livelihood of our communities, economy, recreation and quality of life.

The Port of Kalama boasts sweeping riverfront industrial acreage, deep draft river channel for import/export, and the most efficient grain elevator on the west coast.  Thanks to its place on the river—and a multitude of transportation systems—more than 30 companies, employing more than 1,000 people, call the Port of Kalama home, including a variety of new and emerging businesses.

And we owe many of our collective successes, productivity and business partnerships—old and new—to our prime location right on the beautiful Columbia River. It’s one of the most traveled working rivers in the region.

The Columbia River connects us to international markets

Thanks to our Pacific Northwest river system, regional Ports offer access to a marine network which helps connect farmers in the Midwest with bakers in China and car factories in Japan with dealerships across our region. According to the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association, Our Working Rivers, over 40,000 jobs in our region depend on the trade opportunities provided by our working rivers.

Without the benefits offered by these rivers, our cities would pay more for goods and our farmers would be unable to compete internationally.

Environmental bonuses

Barging on our rivers keeps over 700,000 semi-trucks off our region’s highways each year. A single barge tow can carry as much cargo as 538 semi-trucks or 140 rail cars and uses far less fuel as compared to rail and trucks. Thanks to this efficiency our air is cleaner and our highways less congested. Companies across the region depend on barging to deliver products and keep their businesses moving.

Jobs on the river

There are thousands of Northwest jobs connected to our rivers and in ensuring they continue to play an important role in all of our lives. From longshoreman to Port environmental workers to barge operators, many different companies and industries depend on our rivers.

River ports—including the Port of Kalama—serve as the economic engine for the region and support many additional jobs indirectly.

For more on the mighty river system that connects us all, visit Our Working Rivers.

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An Open Letter to Our Community

As we celebrate this season of gratitude, there are so many reasons to reflect—and celebrate the prosperity and quality of life we experience in our small community.

It may seem like it’s been a year of rapid-fire growth but what some 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.

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NOTICE OF AVAILABILITY OF DRAFT SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT AND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

Purpose of this Notice:  The purpose of this notice is to inform the public that the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (Draft Supplemental EIS) for the Kalama Manufacturing and Marine Export Facility (the proposed project) is being released for public review and comment. A public hearing will be conducted where the public may comment on the Draft Supplemental EIS. An expanded comment period will begin on November 13, 2018 and end on December 28, 2018. All comments received during the comment period will be reviewed and considered in the preparation of the Final Supplemental EIS.

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Discover! New video tells the story of growing steel industry cluster offering local family wage jobs in Kalama

The growing steel sector at the Port of Kalama exemplifies the economic circle of life core to the mission of the Port commission—creating job opportunities for the Kalama community and the entire region.

An incredible new video tells the story of the economic circle of life created by this growing steel cluster:  Port of Kalama’s Economic Circle of Life.

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Discover! Did you know the Port actively participates in local community events?

At the Port of Kalama, we value both business and civic collaboration. In an effort to support our community, local organizations, and our fellow families and residents we eagerly participate in community events and help promote what’s happening here!

Kalama’s incredible family events offer opportunities for everybody to come together—to celebrate our collective sense of place and community.

Happy Halloween!

One of our favorite local festivities is the annual Halloween Celebration hosted by the Kalama Chamber of Commerce on October 31st. Halloween in Kalama is all about the kids!

The Chamber invites families to visit downtown businesses between 3 and 6 p.m. on Halloween for safe trick or treating—streets are closed to all traffic except the costumed kind! Business owners decorate their storefronts and treat local children to fun and surprises—and the Port is right there with them.

We are honored to participate in this magical event.

The Port of Kalama joins local businesses, the chamber, city and our own industrial tenants for a variety of community celebrations and activities throughout the year.

The Port is not just about business, commerce and industry—we share a proud sense of place and connection with our neighbors and we join you in celebrating these rich traditions.

For a list of family fun and events happening in Kalama click here. Let’s get together!

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Discover! We’re all interconnected through our regional rivers.

Ports and marine-related businesses are vital to the strength of our communities. We cannot afford to take these jobs and our working rivers for granted. Our communities and neighborhoods are more resilient because of the connections our rivers provide to the global marketplace.

More than 40,000 Pacific Northwest jobs are dependent or strongly influenced by Columbia River maritime commerce.

Columbia River ports

Ports are the economic builders of our region. They manage everything from small business incubators to marinas and internet access in their local areas. They also work with shippers, barge lines, export companies and farmers to transport cargo like grain, steel, lumber, and automobiles up and down the Columbia River safely, efficiently and successfully.

Today’s river commerce

Keeping with its heritage, the Columbia River continues its vital role in commerce and trade for the region—as does the Port of Kalama as a busy Columbia River port. Today, 50 million tons of cargo travel up and down the Columbia River. It is the third largest grain export gateway in the world, exporting more than 50% of the nation’s wheat.

Our ports have access to global trade because of our rivers. Many of our communities were born because of their access to international trade. Without this river commerce access, our communities could be underserved and underdeveloped.

Like other Pacific NW Ports, Port of Kalama is a steward of the regional river system working hard to invite commerce to the Pacific Northwest while it protects this valuable natural resource.

Our Rivers. Our Livelihood. Our Quality of Life.

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Discover! New industrial building opens next week—all part of the Port’s mission to create a sound economy and family wage jobs

The new industrial building at the Kalama River Industrial Park opens next week with a Grand Opening celebration on Friday, October 5 from 4—7p. The Kalama community is invited to join us to celebrate the new 120,000 square foot building, its new tenants and healthy economic growth! Enjoy a raffle, games,  food, music, and more.

The Port welcomes its newest tenants, Bridger Steel and Marco Industries, to its beautiful new industrial facility. The two companies are manufacturing entities that play a significant role in the steel manufacturing cluster emerging at the Port. The companies join other organizations like Steelscape, CE Metal Fabrication, Christiansen Enterprises LLC, and Aero-Vac Alloys & Forge to leverage Kalama’s place in the region and create good local jobs. Partnerships like these create long-term opportunities for the next generation of local talent to live, work and raise families close to home.

At the core of the Port of Kalama’s mission is a promise to carefully evaluate community investments—like this new facility, marine terminals, Spencer Creek Business Park, and enhancements to our public parks—to create jobs and enhance public recreational opportunities all while protecting and enhancing the environment and natural resources. That careful balance is in the DNA of every single project the Port embarks upon. It is the Port’s job to follow an approved comprehensive plan or Comprehensive Scheme And Plan of Harbor Improvements—required by law—to ensure that the environment, economy and community assets are thoughtfully planned to work in harmony with one another.

Comprehensive planning is a process that determines community goals and aspirations in terms of community development. The Scheme identifies opportunities for future investment, operation and development that will benefit the community.

Inviting a growing community of manufacturing businesses to the Port is all a part of the comprehensive plan to create economic development, revenue and job opportunities not only for the Kalama community but the entire region. The Port is now experiencing growth in this steel industry where companies are able to import steel, manufacture and install products for use right at the Port and elsewhere around the region.

Decades of planning ensures that next generations can live, work and play right here in Kalama and put their own stamp—and pride—on high-visibility projects in their home community.

Let’s celebrate!

 

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Discover! Did you know that the Port of Kalama has been honored for its many contributions to education and student advancement?

Did you know that the Port of Kalama has been honored for its many contributions to education and student advancement?

The Port of Kalama and the Kalama School District work closely together to create a tangible connection for students between the classroom, local industry and real world career and job opportunities. And they are plentiful—right here at home.

Industries at the Port of Kalama employ more than 1,000 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 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.

Through work at the Kalama Career Fair and engaging Port businesses in educational programs, the Port of Kalama has built a close relationship between students, the faculty of Kalama Schools and the Port’s business partnersand the Port offers students opportunities to meet members of the business community and learn about work and career opportunities at the Port and among Port industries.

Earlier this year the Port of Kalama and Executive Director Mark were honored with the 2018 Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) Community Leadership Award for the Columbia River Region. The award recognizes Port of Kalama’s many contributions to the Kalama School District: The Port was instrumental in organizing the Kalama High School Career Fair and recruiting Port businesses to participate in an effort to educate students on career and job opportunities in the region and at the Port.

“Mark Wilson and Port of Kalama commissioners have been instrumental in forging a cooperative new direction for district-port relations. Through these efforts, the Kalama School District has engaged Port and Cowlitz businesses in the Kalama Days Career Fair promoting career awareness among Kalama students and giving them increased motivation to do well in school,” says Mike Nerland, WASA Honorary Awards Committee Columbia River Region 112. “Your efforts have also helped foster the development of a STEM network in Cowlitz County. We thank you for your support of students and families in Kalama School District and throughout Cowlitz County.”

The Port continues to offer opportunities to meet members of the business community and learn about the work they do—improving the understanding of the business activities here and educating students about the many businesses and global industries right here in the community.

Here’s to an inspiring new school year!

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