Friday, January 30, 2009

Port of Vancouver to host annual Port Re:Port on February 5

VANCOUVER, Wash. – The Port of Vancouver is Anchoring the Economy in Clark County, which will be the theme for this year’s Port Re:Port State of the Port event.

The event is scheduled to begin at 7:30 a.m., Thursday, February 5 at the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay (100 Columbia Street, Vancouver).

Speakers will include Port Commission President Nancy Baker, the port’s Executive Director Larry Paulson, and brief comments from a couple of special guests. A near sell-out crowd is expected for the port’s annual report to the community, which will be tape-delayed on CVTV, and will be available online at later in the day.

Baker will deliver the commission’s perspective of the port’s growth, development and outlook as a major force in the economic viability of Greater Vancouver and Clark County, including the port’s upcoming development of the new Terminal 5 at the former Alcoa/Evergreen aluminum property. Paulson will deliver a state-of-the-port address that focuses on creating jobs and benefiting the local economy through strategies that align port development with a diversified cargo base, improved rail access and by expanding industrial business activity at the port. Paulson will also review the port’s 2008 performance in terms of cargo movement and vessel calls.

The port will also present its annual awards to tenants and customers for their outstanding contributions to the port and the community.

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