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News for the Port of Skamania

Commissioner District 1 Vacancy

September 23rd, 2016 by Julie

The Board of the Port of Skamania County (Port) Commissioners is seeking to appoint a qualified replacement for Port District 1 Commissioner. The appointee will serve until November 28, 2017. This position will be open in the 2017 general election for the 6-year term.
The Port’s mission is to “identify, develop, and promote economic resources that foster diversity, prosperity, and quality of life for all citizens of Skamania County.” The three-member Board establishes the vision and mission of the District, sets policy and priorities, approves budgets and annual tax levy, and provides direction for use of Port resources. Commissioners attend monthly meetings the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, at 3:00 pm.
Interested candidates should contact the Skamania County Auditor’s Office to determine if they reside in Port District 1.
Please submit a letter of interest, plus resume and/or statement of qualifications to the Board at PO Box 1099, Stevenson, WA 98648 or email to port@portofskamania.org. Letters of interest are due by 4:00 pm Oct 7, 2016. For more information and District Map see www.portofskamania.org/board.

Commissioner Resigns/New Director

September 14th, 2016 by Julie

Commissioner Fran Breeding, District 1, who was appointed in January 2016, to fill the position Kevin Waters won in the election, but declined to take the office, resigned at the September 13, 2016 Commission meeting. Fran was hired by new Port Executive Director Pat Albaugh (formerly at the Skamania County EDC) to fill the vacant Finance Manager position, formerly held by Randy Payne, who took a finance position at Skamania County PUD.

Tenant Phloem/Laura Buchan in the news…

August 10th, 2016 by Julie


Furniture Maker Phloem Studio Leaves Portland for the Gorge (follow article link for photos)

With studio space prices soaring, Phloem says good bye to Portland and hello to better views.
By Claire Colby • 8/5/2016 at 3:11pm •

Phloem Studio, specializing in streamlined, intentionally designed furniture, has packed up shop and moved to the Gorge. Previously lodged inside of Beam & Anchor on Interstate Avenue, founder and head craftsman Benjamin Klebba said that the move was primarily driven by the need to get more space and consolidate rent costs.

“Phloem Studio was growing too much and we needed a bigger space, but another part of it is that I am with an awesome wood sculptor named Laura Buchan,” says Klebba. “We had our own woodshops and then we were paying rent on an apartment so that was three rents all of the time.”

But, like many other local makers have found, Portland is starting to price small businesses out of the market, forcing them to look outside of the city.“I feel like in the last three years that light industrial space has doubled in price, so for a lot of people like me, if you need more space, that is really tricky,” says Klebba.

The new 4,000 sq. ft. studio, settled right on the river, dwarfs their 2,200 sq. ft. Beam & Anchor that they shared with two other businesses. But it’s not just the added space and killer views that make the Stevenson location ideal.

“One thing that is really rad about this shop is that my dad lives here eight months out of the year and works for me. He wasn’t doing that in Portland, so having him here is great,” says Klebba. “He’s a woodworker from way back so the knowledge base, the way we work together, and having old-school, dad-woodworker tricks here is really nice and worth its weight in platinum.”

For those concerned that the relocation to a tranquil setting with a family atmosphere will make getting a hold of Phloem Studios furniture harder, slow down production or initiate a full-scale exodus from the Portland market, Klebba isn’t worried. “I’m a workaholic. Period. It’s been steady growth with us since we started and moving out here has weirdly connected me to other people in Portland who noticed because people get excited about the Gorge,” says Klebba.

And for those taking notice in the creative industry who are feeling the financial brunt of Portland’s rapid expansion, he says the more the merrier; but on one condition: “Don’t price me out!”

Late Start Jan 12 Meeting

January 6th, 2016 by Julie

Thank you to Tony Bolstad!

December 23rd, 2015 by Julie
Tony Bolstad began as elected Commissioner of District 1 in January 2008 to finish out the last 2 years of District 1 position. He was then elected again and completed the next 6-year term. We thank him for his dedication, even while traveling for his business, and for his outstanding oversight of Port policies and direction!

Tony Bolstad 8 Years of Service

OPEN HOUSE Dec 22–4pm to 6pm

December 18th, 2015 by Julie

December 22, 2015, 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

1 Cooler left for sale $5,125

September 30th, 2015 by Julie

Selling 3 Coolers–12′ x 12′

September 10th, 2015 by Julie

The Port of Skamania will sell three (3) 12 feet by 12 feet Walk-in Coolers, in accordance with Port Resolution 6-2015, to the highest sealed bidder who meets the minimum bid requirement (min bid $5,000 each), at 3:00 pm on Thursday, September 24, 2015. The coolers are available for viewing at 40 SW Cascade Ave in Stevenson, WA, Suite 105. Bid form is available online at portofskamania.org/news or call 509-427-5484 or email port@portofskamania.org.

Tall Ships Returning to Stevenson and the Columbia River

June 10th, 2015 by Julie

Columbia River Voyage Announced for July and August, 2015
From Grays Harbor Historical Society Newsletter:
Columbia River Voyage to Pasco Starts July 5
We’re incredibly excited about our upcoming summer voyage up the Columbia River starting on July 5, when Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain depart Seaport Landing in Aberdeen for Ilwaco. On July 7, we’ll meet members of the Chinook Nation on the water for our traditional trade ceremony and request for permission to sail in the tribe’s waters. From Ilwaco, we head for Kalama’s 125th birthday celebration July 10-12. Our next stop with public events is Stevenson, following by Hood River and The Dalles. On July 30, we arrive at Pasco for a stay through August 10.

After Pasco, we head back downriver, stopping at Arlington, Hood River, and Washougal for the one-day Shindig with the Square Rig pirate festival on August 22. The Columbia River Voyage winds up with stops in Cathlamet and finally Ilwaco on August 28. After a visit to Kirkland Sept. 1-7, the ships return home to Aberdeen.

For a detailed sailing schedule and tickets, visit the Public Sail Schedule page on our website, or call 800-200-5239. http://historicalseaport.org/sail-with-us/public-sail-schedule/

Port Awarded Grant/Loan for New Skye Building in North Bonneville, WA

May 22nd, 2015 by Julie

May 21, 2015
State announces $1.6 million in public infrastructure project investments in Cowlitz, Okanogan, Skamania, and Whatcom counties
OLYMPIA, WA –The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) today approved $1,672,500 in grants and loans for infrastructure development and economic feasibility studies targeting business growth and job creation in the Port of Woodland, Town of Twisp, Port of Douglas County and the City of Lynden.
Cowlitz County – $50,000 grant to the Port of Woodland for the Guild Road Industrial Park Master Plan. A master planning study to complete the master plan design including the best options for building size and configuration on the site, the engineering and permitting requirements for the site and all other pre-construction planning. CERB funds are matched by $50,000 in local resources.
Okanogan County – $50,000 grant to the Town of Twisp for the Twisp Business Revitalization Plan. A feasibility and marketing study to enhance business visibility, to encourage economic development and to attract tourism to the Town of Twisp. CERB funds are matched by $16,667 in local resources.
Skamania County – $1,000,000 loan and a $300,000 grant to the Port of Skamania County to construct a new 15,000 square foot flex building and related infrastructure to support the expansion of Slingshot Sports, LLC. The Port of Skamania will match CERB’s investment with $500,000 in local funds to complete the public project. Slingshot Sports, LLC will invest $414,000 in the private project and will create 11 and retain 47 permanent jobs, as a result of this investment.
Whatcom County -$572,500 loan to the City of Lynden for the repair and replacement of sidewalks, curbs, and gutters on Front and 5th streets. The City will also improve the public sanitary sewer lines located in the alley connecting 4th and 5th streets. This project supports Forefront Ventures, LLC, in the redevelopment of Delft Square. The City of Lynden will match CERB’s loan investment with $476,500 in local funds to complete the road repairs. Forefront Ventures, LLC, will invest $6,380,811 in the private project and create 58 permanent jobs as a result of this project.
“The strategic infrastructure investments set a solid foundation for growth, potentially creating and retaining more than 100 jobs and leveraging more than $7 million in local matching funds and total private sector investment in these projects,” said Brian Bonlender, director of the Department of Commerce.
“CERB projects represent an important partnership between the state and local communities resulting in enhanced economic vitality,” said CERB Chair Steve Anderson. “The projects approved for funding represent the economic, cultural, and geographic diversity of our state. The board is pleased to collaborate with each of these communities to create permanent private sector jobs.”
Since 1982, CERB has committed nearly $206 million to local jurisdictions across the state, an investment generating more than 34,000 jobs. Private capital investments of $5.7 billion ($27 to $1) return on CERB investment.
As Washington’s strategic economic development resource, CERB is focused on creating private sector jobs in partnership with local governments by financing infrastructure improvements. These improvements encourage new business development and expansion. In addition to funding construction projects, CERB provides limited funding for studies that evaluate high-priority economic development projects. Learn more about CERB at www.commerce.wa.gov/cerb.
Local Contacts:
Port of Woodland: Jennifer Keene, Executive Director, 360-225-6555
Town of Twisp: Aimee Budrow, Grant Administrator, 509-997-4081
Port of Skamania: John McSherry, Executive Director, 509-427-5484
City of Lynden: Mark Sandal, Public Works Programs and Environmental Coordinator, 360-354-3446