How we are cleaning up past messes, enhancing the environment, and improving water quality
Once a contaminated site, East Bay has begun to have new life- The Hand's On Children's Museum, East Bay Plaza & Now Westmans Mills, with more to come.
Perfected the Stormwater Treatment System at the Marine Terminal- after inheriting a failed system, Port Staff worked diligently to produce "Best Management Practices" to improve oxygenation of the outflow into Budd Inlet. The plant has now achieved benchmark goals the past two quarters.
The Port has added a key position to oversee and direct environmental and stewardship programs, leading to a far more sustainable Port.
The Port's Marine Terminal joined Green Marine, an independent sustainability monitor, leading to reduced greenhouse gas emissions.
The Port is designed to be an economic engine- getting it aligned and tuned up ensures we get the right new jobs and that the Port makes smart and strategic investments.
At our 4/22 Commission meeting, we approved by a new line of business: importing logs to the State of Washington from Alaska. This does four things for the Port:
There is little to no downside to this business. I am happy that our Port is picking up new business this year.
In 2017, The Port built and opened a state of the art diesel and gas fuel dock, with built in environmental protections. This fuel dock serves 12,000 registered boaters in Thurston County alone, protects the environment through safety systems and having experienced fuel attendants, and attracts a great deal of tourism to the area, since boaters know they can travel here and get fuel before heading home.
In 2016, we increased LABOR hours at the marine terminal by 27%. Yes, we also increased overall revenue- but it's the jobs we're proudest of.
Westman Mill is under construction now, but it was a multi-year effort to clean up, then recruit quality investment to East Bay. Early infrastructure investments by the Port were vital in making this happen - beyond cleanup, the Port put in new utilities, roads, and partnered on the Public Plaza.
The Port should be a factory, producing entrepreneurs with vision and the right tools for success
Assisted in funding a Makerspace in Lacey. A Makerspace is a collaborative workspace for making, learning, exploring and sharing that uses high tech and low tech tools.
The Port purchased 60,00 square feet of industrial/warehouse space in Hawk's Prairie, bringing opportunities for business Incubation and startups.
The Port's multi-million dollar investment in Cleanwater Centre, leading to expanded mixed-use business space in Tumwater, potential craft brewing and distilling center in partnership with SPSCC and others.
It is indeed a New Day at the Port