An Open Letter to Our Community:

What an incredible year! There is so much for which we give thanks and so many reasons to celebrate the growth and prosperity we’ve experienced in our small community.

The mission of the Port of Kalama is to induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and enhance public recreational opportunities.  That means 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 new Spencer Creek Business Park to a new building in the Kalama River Industrial Park, McMenamins locating here, and international businesses like Northwest Innovation Works choosing Kalama as the perfect place to grow—all of these exist now thanks to years and years of contemplation, collaboration and diligent planning.

But that’s a lot of change at one time we might say.

It may seem like rapid fire growth but what many 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.

We at the Port continue our community’s history and 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 and opportunities for all who live here in Cowlitz County.

Thanks to responsible planning we also enjoy a thriving recreational system with parks and playgrounds, a new sports complex, and popular riverfront, pathways and marina enhancements. All of these business and recreational assets improve the health, livability and economy here—and all without any Port-levied taxes!

Like you, we at the Port of Kalama are residents of this treasured community. We are stewards of the land. We want what’s best for this place we call home. We are all neighbors—the dedicated people who live, work and play here.

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

All the best to you and this great community,

The Port of Kalama Commission and Staff

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