Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Camas-Washougal Named Port of the Year

The Port of Camas-Washougal received the 2012 Port of the Year Award from the Washington State Public Port Association at the organization’s annual meeting in Seattle.

“We’re extremely proud to have our efforts recognized and it’s a credit to local business and civic leaders that we’ve made some significant steps forward,” port Executive Director David Ripp said.

Each year, the Public Port Association honors one of 76 public port districts across the state for exceptional success in the port industry. The Port of Camas-Washougal was selected from a roster of nominees for its strategic planning, acquisition and development milestones it achieved in the last year.

The port is currently in the midst of a several major development and expansion projects. Newly acquired acreage along the Columbia River is expected to allow the port to preserve access along the waterfront with a public trail and to develop adjacent property to attract businesses and jobs.

Construction’s also underway in the first phase of the Steigerwald Commerce Center, a 120-acre industrial park that the port anticipates will bring significant development and jobs to the region.

Founded in 1935, the Port of Camas Washougal’s district encompasses over 40,000 residents in the cities of Camas and Washougal in Southwest Washington. Its three main operating areas are a 350-slip pleasure boat marina, the largest publicly owned facility on the Washington side of the Columbia River, as well as an industrial park and general aviation airport.

The industrial park, which is about 30 minutes from Portland International Airport, includes rail and highway access, is home to more than 40 businesses with an annual payroll of $8.9 million.