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NEWS BULLETIN
Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Everett port board directs staff
to acquire Kimberly-Clark property

Port of Vancouver eyes Terminal 1
as location for new headquarters

US rail freight traffic count
runs to negative side for week

Seattle Port Commission
backing House Bill 2822

PNWA pleased with judge's ruling
that dismisses Snake River lawsuit

Everett port board directs staff
to acquire Kimberly-Clark property

EVERETT — On February 9, 2016, the Port of Everett Commission gave its approval for staff to proceed with the acquisition of the Kimberly-Clark property within the vicinity of 26th Street and West Marine View Drive to support maritime port purposes. The authorization provides staff the flexibility of reaching a purchase and sale agreement through negotiated means, but also reserves the port’s legal authority to acquire the property for public purposes with payment of just compensation. The Port of Everett says it is committed to cooperatively working with Kimberly-Clark to agree on a purchase and sale agreement that is mutually beneficial to both parties.

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Seattle Port Commission
backing House Bill 2822

SEATTLE — The Port of Seattle Commission has unanimously approved a motion in support of Washington State House Bill 2822, which would repeal restrictions set forth in state law that affect equity for small businesses, including disadvantaged, minority, and women-owned businesses. "Repealing these restrictions means the port will be better able to support all of the businesses that contribute to the economic vibrancy of the region, especially those that have faced historical obstacles in competing for a fair share of the work,” said Commissioner Stephanie Bowman. “It’s our mission to support the creation of middle-class jobs in the region and many of those jobs are in small, family-owned, and minority-owned businesses.” According to the port, the repeal of Washington RCW 49.60.400, as well as other actions that seek to further open public contracting to all disadvantaged businesses, wie Port of Seattle to continue to advance its mission of supporting middle-class job growth and ensuring that growing prosperity in the Puget Sound region is shared by all communities equally.

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Port of Vancouver eyes Terminal 1
as location for new headquarters

VANCOUVER, USA — The Port of Vancouver USA reports it is analyzing its Terminal 1 waterfront redevelopment as the potential site for its new headquarters. The port plans to be an anchor for a new 85,000 square-foot office building, occupying approximately 25,000 square feet on one or two floors. The port’s staff has doubled in size as business has grown and expanded. It has outgrown its current headquarters, which consists of four separate buildings. The main building, located at 3103 Northwest Lower River Road, has been added onto several times and has limited space and remodeling options. The port anticipates constructing a modern facility that consolidates staff, facilitates better communication and teamwork, and improves connectivity with the community. During the regularly scheduled Feb. 9 meeting, the Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners unanimously directed staff to begin evaluating a potential move to Terminal 1. Staff will evaluate the waterfront site along with other options, including Centennial Industrial Park and port-owned property along Northwest Lower River Road, adjacent to Cadet Heating. In accordance with board direction, staff will report back to the commission and work with the port’s hotel developer and successful multiuse developer to complete its waterfront design for submittal to the City of Vancouver. Approval from the city is required before the port can begin construction on the hotel and multiuse building. Staff expects to complete analysis and report back to the board of commissioners this fall.

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PNWA pleased with judge's ruling
that dismisses Snake River lawsuit

PORTLAND — The Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA) has announced that Judge James Robart of the U.S. District Court's Western District of Washington has ruled in favor of the federal government and dismissed the merits portion of the Snake River Programmatic Sediment Management Plan (PSMP) lawsuit. This decision follows Judge Robart's earlier January 2015 ruling to deny the plaintiffs' request for injunction. Judge Robart's earlier decision allowed the Corps to perform routine maintenance dredging in the Lower Granite pool near Lewiston, ID and Clarkston, Wa. for the first time in nine years. The dredging, which concluded in February 2015, allowed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to restore the navigation channel to its authorized depth. The PNWA is a non-profit trade association that advocates for federal policies and funding in support of regional economic and environmental sustainability. Members include public ports, navigation, transportation, international trade, tourism, agriculture, forest products, energy and local government interests.

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US rail freight traffic count
runs to negative side for week

WASHINGTON, DC — The Association of American Railroads (AAR) has reported U.S. rail traffic for the week ending Feb. 6, 2016 was 504,510 carloads and intermodal units, down 1.4 percent compared with the same week last year. Total carloads for the week ending Feb. 6 were 241,680 carloads, down 11.7 percent compared with the same week in 2015, while U.S. weekly intermodal volume was 262,830 containers and trailers, up 10.5 percent compared to 2015. For the first five weeks of 2016, U.S. railroads reported cumulative volume of 1,209,722 carloads, down 15.7 percent from the same point last year; and 1,302,451 intermodal units, up 4.8 percent from last year. Total combined U.S. traffic for the first five weeks of 2016 was 2,512,173 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 6.2 percent compared to last year.

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