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Tuesday, February 26 2019
Port of Vancouver USA rail expansion project wins Engineering Excellence Award

Vancouver, WA — The Port of Vancouver USA’s West Vancouver Freight Access project (WVFA) won a 2019 Engineering Excellence Grand Award from the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Oregon.

Port Director of Engineering and Project Delivery Monty Edberg, who led a team of staff and consultants for more than 10 years to see WVFA to completion, presented the award to the port’s Board of Commissioners during a public meeting Feb. 12.

“The WVFA has been the recipient of several American awards as well as one international award, and we should all be proud of our involvement in the project,” said Edberg. “I can say that pretty much everyone on our staff has been involved in this project. And I think we need to recognize the commission’s role in this, too. Because of your steadfastness – your stick-to-itiveness with this project – and your vision, I’d like to present the Board of Commissioners with…our Grand Award for 2019.”

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Thursday, August 09 2018
Port of Vancouver USA, partners dedicate $251 million West Vancouver Freight Access project

Vancouver, WA — With the ring of an antique train bell, the Port of Vancouver USA and its partners dedicated a $251 million rail project that is bringing congestion relief and efficiency to port and regional businesses as well as rail users and communities across the Western U.S.
The West Vancouver Freight Access Project (WVFA) is a concerted, decade-long effort by the port to create jobs and generate economic benefit by investing in freight rail infrastructure. WVFA improves freight rail movement through the port and along the BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad mainlines connecting the Pacific Northwest to major rail hubs in Chicago and Houston, and from Canada to Mexico.

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Wednesday, January 10 2018

Vancouver, WA — The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners voted 3-0 to provide notice to Vancouver Energy that its project must receive the necessary licenses, permits and approvals required to operate by March 31, 2018, or the lease will be terminated, per the lease amendment approved by the board in April 2016.

Licenses, permits and approvals is one of the conditions precedent on which the lease was extended in April 2016. Since then the lease has extended automatically every three months.

Today’s vote came after Commission President Eric LaBrant made a motion to direct CEO Julianna Marler to provide notice that the port elects to negate and nullify the next extension period such that the Conditions Precedent Outside Date (CPOD) remains March 31, 2018. The CPOD is the date by which both parties must be satisfied that conditions such as permits and environmental baseline work are met.

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Thursday, October 12 2017

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $30 million to support 35 projects in 15 states under the 2017 Assistance to Coal Communities (ACC 2017) initiative. The funding will assist locally-driven efforts to communities and regions severely impacted by the declining use of coal through activities and programs that support economic diversification, job creation, capital investment, workforce development and re-employment opportunities.
“From his first days in office, President Trump ended the Federal government’s assault on the coal industry and the communities who rely on it,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “The previous administration fought this war through unilateral executive actions and regulatory edicts, and the casualties were American workers and families.”

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Monday, April 10 2017
Port of Vancouver USA tonnage breaks the 7 million mark in 2016

Grains, wind energy and copper among cargoes on the increase
Vancouver, WA — For the first time in its 105-year history, the Port of Vancouver USA has recorded more than 7 million metric tons of cargo across its docks.
The port recorded 7.49 million metric tons in 2016, nearly eight percent more than the 2015 record of 6.95 million metric tons.
"In nine years at the Port of Vancouver, I've never seen tonnage like this," said port CEO Julianna Marler. "It's a testament to the investments we and our partners have made to provide world-class rail and marine services, access to efficient transportation and excellent customer service."

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Thursday, February 16 2017
Julianna Marler becomes first female CEO in Port of Vancouver USA history

Vancouver, WA — The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners today voted 2-1 to approve terms of employment for Julianna Marler, officially installing her as CEO/Executive Director.
Marler is the first female CEO in the port’s 105-year history and one of just a handful of female port CEOs in the U.S. Her employment agreement includes a $202,801 annual salary, $500 monthly car allowance and deferred compensation totaling 15 percent of her salary for a term of four years.
“I’m excited about where the port is going and honored to lead this great team,” Marler said. “I look forward to working with our commissioners to ensure the port continues to be an economic engine and a good partner in building a strong and vibrant community.”

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Wednesday, January 25 2017

Vancouver, WA — The Port of Vancouver USA Board of Commissioners today voted 2-1 to hire interim CEO Julianna Marler as the port’s permanent CEO/Executive Director.  Marler, who was appointed interim CEO by the board in May 2016, was one of three finalists for the position. The other two were Edward Galligan, current Executive Director of the Port of Olympia, and Arthur Scheunemann, former President and CEO of the Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County. 

“We had three highly qualified candidates, and that made this a hard decision,” said commission President Brian Wolfe. “I believe Julianna is best suited to take us forward and realize the vision this port has for connecting with the community and bringing economic benefit to our region.”

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Thursday, September 15 2016

Edmonton-based HiTest Sand Inc. proposes to invest $300 million in a new state-of-the-art silicon refining facility in Usk, creating an estimated 400 construction jobs and 170 permanent full-time jobs.

Olympia, WA -- The Washington State Department of Commerce announced that a new $300-million silicon smelting facility proposed for Usk, Pend Oreille county, by HiTest Sand Inc. has been designated a Project of Statewide Significance and will receive $300,000 in economic development assistance through the Pend Oreille Economic Development Council. Much of the silicon produced from sand at the smelter will be used by in-state solar cell manufacturers, computer chip makers and aluminum product manufacturers.

Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, HiTest estimates about 400 construction jobs and once operational, about 170 permanent, full-time jobs will be created. Paying an average salary well above the community’s prevailing wage, these high-skill jobs will deliver a significant boost to the tri-county region in the northeast corner of the state that’s been struggling with unemployment rates several points above the state’s 5.8 percent average.

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Monday, May 02 2016

Aero-Vac Alloys & Forge, Inc. chooses Kalama for location, business incentives, skilled workforce; commences move-in May 1, 2016 

Kalama, WA -- Specialty metals manufacturing distributor Aero-Vac Alloys & Forge, Inc. has chosen the Port of Kalama to expand its business. The company, which moves both its corporate headquarters and production facility to Kalama from Orange County, California, has just signed a 23,000 square foot lease effective May 1, 2016.

“There are so many reasons we are moving our operations to Kalama: it is a prime location for production, distribution, and transportation; the buildings and amenities exceed those we’ve seen elsewhere; there are incredible business and tax incentives; and a ready and skilled workforce,” says Tim LuMaye, President, Aero-Vac Alloys & Forge. “Frankly, in addition to the business aspects, I fell in love with Kalama for its small town appeal and the natural beauty—the river and mountain views are exceptional. I cannot wait to move!”

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Tuesday, December 15 2015

Vancouver, WA -- Boise Cascade Building Materials Distribution LLC has renewed its lease with the Port of Vancouver USA for at least another 12 years. The long-time port tenant will continue leasing 20 acres and 77,600 square feet of industrial space, and maintain employment for 53 full-time workers.

The lease was unanimously approved by the port’s Board of Commissioners during the board’s Dec. 8 regularly scheduled meeting.

“I’ve been involved with working with the port since the late (1980s), and it’s just been very rewarding,” said Jerry Gaukroger, Boise Cascade branch manager. “With the economic ups and downs that we’ve had over the years…you’ve been able to accommodate our growth, and on behalf of Boise Cascade, I’d like to say, ‘Thank you very much.’”

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Wednesday, February 18 2015

WASHINGTON – The Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration today proposed a framework of regulations that would allow routine use of certain small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) in today’s aviation system, while maintaining flexibility to accommodate future technological innovations.

The FAA proposal offers safety rules for small UAS (under 55 pounds) conducting non-recreational operations. The rule would limit flights to daylight and visual-line-of-sight operations. It also addresses height restrictions, operator certification, optional use of a visual observer, aircraft registration and marking, and operational limits. Read Full Story...

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