Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Port of Olympia Approves Local Projects

By Karen Robes Meeks

Five special projects recently received the go-ahead from the Port of Olympia Commission. Funding was allocated to the following initiatives:

• $75,000 in matching funds to finish a master plan for the SW Washington Innovation and Business Park in Tenino; • $15,000 in matching funds was allocated toward a feasibility study for frozen food processing, done in partnership with Washington State University (WSU) Extension;

• $10,500 in matching funds went to a WSU Extension-led grain mill feasibility study and a grain varietal plot testing to see what grains can best adapt to the region’s climate;

• $25,000 in matching funds for improvements to the former East Bay Trail and North Point Park, which will be renamed the Billy Frank Jr. Trail and Park, and

• Funding (amount yet to be determined) for a visioning process that will invite community input on the future of the port.