Thursday, June 10, 2010

Woodland Port Top Exec Named to Area Development Boards

The recently hired top executive at the Washington state Port of Woodland has been named to the boards of economic development groups in Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties.

Port executive director Nelson Holmberg, who joined the port in April after serving three years as the Port of Vancouver USA communications director, will take seats on the board of directors of the Cowlitz Economic Development Council and the executive board of the Cowlitz Wahkiakum Council of Governments.

Holmberg, 43, has led the Port of Woodland since April. Before that, he worked for the Port of Vancouver as communications manager for three years.

Paul Cline, president of the Woodland port’s three-member board of commissioners, told The Columbian that the board was “...very happy with Nelson’s level of involvement.”

Located about 85 miles inland from the Pacific Ocean on the Columbia River, the Port of Woodland has about 200 acres of industrial property serviced by Interstate Highway 5, BNSF and Union Pacific main lines, and a federally maintained deep-draft water channel that is 40 feet deep and 600 feet wide.