Just 30 minutes north of Portland, Oregon, business and community development are booming at the Port of Kalama. With more than 30 companies, employing over 850 people, the Port of Kalama offers prime industrial land and exceptional move-in-ready industrial buildings. The Port’s sweeping riverfront industrial acreage with easy access to all modes of transportation are attracting new and emerging businesses.

But that’s not all. As it prepares for the Cowlitz County ‘Port Report’ at the quarterly meeting of the Kelso Longview Chamber November 12, the Port of Kalama celebrates an extensive list of awards, recognition, community infrastructure projects, new contracts and acclaim as an approachable, business-friendly climate for businesses of all sizes.

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A round-up of recent news headlines from the Port of Kalama tells the tale of economic development, civic pride and a prosperous business community.

Port of Kalama welcomes new business

 

“Kalama’s location is excellent, with a deep berth and easy access to the shipping channel,” said Simon Zhang, chief executive officer, Northwest Innovation Works. “From the very first meeting, the Port of Kalama demonstrated that they are open for business. They are committed to their mission of generating economic growth for Kalama and have been excellent partners, introducing us to the community and working with us as we go through the permitting process and move toward construction.”

Kalama building for lease

 

Port of Kalama infrastructure improvements serve community

 

“With the Port’s recent business growth comes a higher volume of traffic which makes enhanced infrastructure important for all our tenants,” says Randy Sweet, president, Port of Kalama Commission. “The dedicated staff at the Port of Kalama is consistently seeking partnerships and grant opportunities to better serve our community and businesses. It is these kinds of grants and programs that enhance regional economic development overall.”

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Port of Kalama honored with awards for economic vitality

 

“The Port’s mission is to ‘induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and enhance public recreational opportunities.’ These projects collectively further every aspect of the Port’s mission to contribute to an economically thriving, successful and livable region,” says Randy Sweet, president, Port of Kalama Board of Commissioners. “We are so honored to provide such substantial enhancements that will serve the Port’s business community for years to come.”

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Next up: Port of Kalama makes way for commercial development

The Port of Kalama has commenced development of the 70-acre Spencer Creek Business Park, located north of Kalama River Road right off of Interstate 5. The Spencer Creek Business Park will support a mix of light industrial, office, commercial and retail uses including:

 

Preliminary work at Spencer Creek Business Park includes filling and grading, installation of storm water treatment systems, and road improvements to make way for new commercial development. While East Port will be built out over many years, business park construction and operational activities are projected to support more than 1,000 jobs and millions of dollars in new local economic activity.