Friday, September 25, 2020

Port of Everett Awarded Grant to Raise Freight Capacity

The Port of Everett will be awarded $17.75 million in federal transportation funds to bolster freight capacity, announced Washington Rep. Rick Larsen, who implored the U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao to look at the port’s grant application.

The Department of Transportation’s Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) program paves the way for the development of a new cargo terminal, infrastructure improvements, cleanup and more jobs, the port said.

“I am beyond thrilled with the news of this BUILD grant,” Port of Everett CEO Lisa Lefeber said, thanking Larsen and others who have supported the port’s freight improvement efforts. “The grant is a game-changer for our region, and the Port of Everett stands ready to deliver on the scope of this critical maritime project to enhance the movement of freight and restore jobs to the site.”

Rep. Larsen, a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said this grant “is great news for businesses and workers who depend on the Port of Everett to connect local goods and services with global markets. I will continue to champion federal investment in Northwest Washington to build and sustain local projects, put people to work and boost long-term economic recovery.”