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Mike Bomar to join Port of Vancouver USA as Director of Economic Development (Photo) - 04/19/18

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Port of Vancouver USA has hired Mike Bomar as its Director of Economic Development. Bomar joins the port May 1.

Bomar has been supporting growth and development in Southwest Washington for more than a decade. Prior to joining the port, he served as president of the Columbia River Economic Development Council, led the Southwest Washington Contractors Association and worked in government affairs for the Building Industry Association of Clark County.

“Mike brings a unique combination of skills and experience to the position of Director of Economic Development, including deep expertise and intuitive knowledge of our community,” said port CEO Julianna Marler. “We’re excited to have him join the port team and look forward to working together to cultivate our future as a premiere public port and a great community partner.”

Bomar’s responsibilities will include sustaining strategic partnerships with public, private and non-profit organizations, and developing economic opportunities that create jobs and enhance regional prosperity through commercial and industrial development, transportation planning and land use planning.

Bomar holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Communications from the University of Washington and a master’s degree in Public Affairs from Washington State University Vancouver.

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The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.

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Help the Port of Vancouver USA shape Terminal 1, public marketplace - 04/12/18

VANCOUVER, Wash. – One of the most exciting and unique amenities planned for the Port of Vancouver USA’s Terminal 1 waterfront development is the public marketplace, which the port plans to build on a dock structure over the Columbia River.

The port is just beginning the planning process to design and fund the marketplace, and yesterday launched a survey so the community can comment on what they’d like to see included at Terminal 1 and in the marketplace.

The 22-question survey, which is available in English and Spanish, runs through April 20. It asks for feedback on potential vendors, events, outdoor elements, landscaping, arts and culture and more.

The port is also working with its Terminal 1 Advisory Committee, a group of local community and business representatives who are providing the port and consultants Graham Baba Architects and Greenworks with guidance and advice on the project. Committee members met for the first time yesterday to hear about early plans for the overall project and the public marketplace.

Public open houses will be held this spring and summer to discuss potential alternatives, and the port expects to unveil a preferred alternative this fall.

The first open house is scheduled for May 22, 4 to 7 p.m., at the Warehouse ’23 Event Space at Terminal 1. Public comment provided through open houses and the survey will be compiled and incorporated into the overall development plan.

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The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.

On a roll: Port of Vancouver USA reports fourth consecutive year of record tonnage - 04/11/18

VANCOUVER, Wash. – For the fourth year in a row, the Port of Vancouver USA has logged record-breaking cargo tonnage, with 2017 coming in at 7.5 million metric tons, up slightly from the 2016 record of 7.49 million metric tons.

“Our sustained growth is a testament to the investments we and our partners have made in world-class rail and marine services, access to efficient transportation and excellent customer service,” said port CEO Julianna Marler. “I’m very proud of our continued success and the hard work of everyone who makes it happen, year after year.”

2017 was great year for imports, which climbed to 1.24 million metric tons from 1.17 million metric tons in 2016 – a 6.5 percent increase overall. Steel and dry-bulk commodities continue to be the largest imports at the Port of Vancouver by volume, and in 2017 these cargoes increased 14.8 percent and 47 percent, respectively.

Some exports, such as wheat and soybeans, increased in 2017, but overall exports were down one percent over 2016.

Fluctuations in currency and the global economy had an impact in 2017, but the port’s continued tonnage growth contributed to a slight increase in operating revenue from $35.9 million to $36 million.

2018 is shaping up to be another good year for the Port of Vancouver USA. Cargoes like autos, steel, minerals, wind energy components and grain continue to bring in solid numbers, making the future look bright for the port and our community.

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The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.

Office building demolition clears way for new hotel at Port of Vancouver waterfront - 04/04/18

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Another structure at the Port of Vancouver USA’s Terminal 1 comes down this week as the port continues its efforts to redevelop its historic waterfront site.

Working daylight hours, Monday through Friday, crews will demolish the Columbia Shores office building, located at 110 Columbia Street on Block D of the Terminal 1 waterfront redevelopment. Work begins April 5 and is expected to take about two weeks.

Demolition is not expected to impact drivers on Columbia Way or visitors to the Warehouse ’23 restaurant and event space. Daytime visitors can expect truck traffic around the building and on Columbia Way.

The Columbia Shores building was built in 1968 and most recently housed port tenant offices; those tenants were relocated in January.

The building is being removed because it encroaches on the footprint of the future AC by Marriott Hotel planned by the port’s developer, Vesta Hospitality.

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The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.

Port of Vancouver USA opens new light-industrial facility - 03/29/18

Green Globes-certified building offers access to river, road and rail, Vancouver’s downtown

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Port of Vancouver USA and its partners today opened a new light-industrial building that has unparalleled access to transportation and is a stone’s throw from Vancouver’s distinctive downtown.

Dignitaries from across the state and region spoke at the port’s Centennial Industrial Building grand opening this morning, including Washington State Sen. Annette Cleveland; Washington State Rep. Monica Stonier; Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle; port Commissioner Jerry Oliver; Chris Green, Assistant Director, Office of Economic Development and Competitiveness, Washington State Department of Commerce; and Columbia River Economic Development Council President Mike Bomar.

“Today we celebrate what happens when you have a solid team with a solid vision and the right tools to make it happen,” said Bomar. “We’re excited to show this space off – while it lasts – to existing companies who now have the opportunity to stay and grow here as well as the many new companies who have discovered that Clark County is one of the premier locations to do business in the country.”

Centennial Industrial Building is ideal for businesses in advanced manufacturing, warehousing and distribution. Located in the port’s Centennial Industrial Park, the facility is close to major interstate highways, BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad mainlines and Portland International Airport. It offers 125,000 square feet of sustainably built industrial space that can be customized to fit businesses’ needs.

The facility was recognized by the Green Building Initiative (GBI) with a Two Green Globes certification for resource efficiency and reduction of environmental impacts in design and construction. It is the only industrial project in the city of Vancouver to be certified with the GBI rating system.

Mackenzie provided architecture; structural and civil engineering; landscape architecture; land-use planning services; and Green Globes assessment services. System Design Consultants provided engineering services for mechanical, electrical and plumbing. Corp Inc Construction was the general contractor.

Companies interested in leasing space should contact Port of Vancouver Business Development Director Mike Schiller or Commercial and Industrial Sales Manager Chrissy Lyons.

– POV –

The Port of Vancouver USA is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast, and its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a skilled labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, please visit us at www.portvanusa.com.

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