Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Port of Kalama Appoints Economic Development Manager

By Mark Edward Nero

The Port of Kalama said Dec. 8 that it has appointed Eric Yakovich to the position of economic development manager.

In the role, Yakovich will manage new and ongoing construction and community projects, assist port clients during development projects, participate in regional economic development initiatives and administer grants for port projects.

He will also oversee port records, reception, security and safety, as well as infrastructure. His initial projects include infrastructure development for the proposed methanol plant, extending walking paths, building demolition, warehouse construction and laying new railroad tracks.

Prior to his move to the Port of Kalama, Yakovich was Chief Executive Officer for Cowlitz County Guidance Association, a comprehensive community mental health center serving over 6500 people a year in Longview, Woodland, Kelso, Kalama and Castle Rock. He also previously worked at Columbia River Mental Health Services.

At the Port of Kalama, he replaces Jacobo Salan, who in July 2013 was appointed the port’s first-ever full-time economic development manager.

The Port of Kalama also said that it has appointed Russell Watts to the role of Field and Maintenance Operations/Facilities Technician. Watts brings 40 years’ experience working for municipal treatment plants in Vancouver, Gresham and North Bonneville.

Watts will assist the wastewater treatment operator with general operations, and assist the port maintenance crew with general upkeep, maintenance and repair of all port properties and facilities.