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Grant County Port Districts Meeting

Posted on Oct 21, 2014

The first Grant County ports meeting was held the end of September to provide port district commissioners and staff an opportunity to discuss common issues and learn best practices. Seven of the ten port districts in Grant County were represented at the meeting.

Attendees heard from two local port districts about recently completed projects. The Port of Warden explained the ups and downs of the eight year process Pacific Coast Canola went through before becoming operational in 2013. The Port stuck with the project through the economic downturn and now Pacific Coast Canola employs close to 50 people in Warden making it one of the largest private employers in the city.

The Port of Ephrata shared the lessons it learned as it navigated the closure of its largest tenant, Katana Summit. Katana started operations at the Port of Ephrata in 2005 and due to market conditions closed its doors in 2013. At its peak, Katana was the largest private employer in Ephrata with a payroll of approximately $7 million.

After Katana ceased operations the Port successfully assisted it to find another company to take over the lease and utilize the vacated buildings. Service Steel is the new tenant at the Port of Ephrata and they are continuing to grow employment.

Additional presentations included an update on Grant County’s Strategic Infrastructure Program, and a briefing from the Washington State Department of Commerce and the Washington Public Ports Association.

The next Grant County Ports meeting is scheduled for Tuesday February 24th 2015 at the Port of Ephrata.