The ‘economic vitality’ category awards organizations that excel at creating jobs, employee wellness, training, employable skills, new or expanding business, transportation, financial security, reducing poverty, and higher wages.

KALAMA, WA (PRWEB) MAY 27, 2015

The Port of Kalama has been honored with the Pathways 2020 Community Champions Award for Economic Vitality. The ‘economic vitality’ category awards organizations that excel at creating jobs, employee wellness, training, employable skills, new or expanding business, transportation, financial security, reducing poverty, and higher wages. Pathways 2020, a Cowlitz County nonprofit, also awards individuals and organizations that lead in the areas of education, housing, social cohesion, health and access to healthy foods.

Port of Kalama contributes to a thriving and livable community
Last year the Port of Kalama saw Temco’s completion of a $200 million renovation of their grain elevator while the Port managed the construction of new Administrative Offices and Interpretive Center. The Port also began construction of Haydu Park, baseball, soccer, tennis courts, basketball courts and expo area – the first phase of development at the recently annexed East Port. East Port will also include the multi-use Spencer Creek Business Center for a mix of light industrial, office, commercial and retail uses. In April of 2014, the Port completed an agreement with Northwest Innovation Works to build a $1.8 billion natural gas to methanol conversion facility that is expected to create approximately 200 new jobs when completed..

“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 receive this community recognition.”

Pathways 2020 is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life in Cowlitz County through collaborative partnerships, resource mobilization, strategic planning and program development. Its mission is to promote and improve the health and well being of Cowlitz County by fostering community partnerships that provide the fabric and support each person needs to be a healthy and contributing member of the community.