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.

It is our job now to continue our community’s 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, support for critical public services like schools and fire—and opportunities for all who live here in Cowlitz County.

And 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 opening of 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, diligent planning and collaboration.

Kalama is our home. Like you, we are stewards of the land and responsible for preserving its incredible natural beauty.

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

Wishing you a very Happy Holiday Season!

With Gratitude,

The Port of Kalama Commission and Staff

Port of Kalama Mission: To induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and to enhance public recreational opportunities