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Port of Kalama Receives State Grant for Economic Feasibility Study on Spencer Creek Business Park

The Port of Kalama has been awarded a $50,000 economic feasibility grant to help identify how to best maximize the economic and community benefits at the new Spencer Creek Business Park.

The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) approved the grant as part of $246,113 in public investments for studies targeting business growth and job creation at the Port of Kalama, as well as Adams County, the City of Palouse and the ports of Vancouver USA and Clarkston.  

The City of Kalama Planning Commission recently approved the Port of Kalama’s Master Plan to develop 70 acres of Port property to make way for the business park.

View an aerial video of Spencer Creek Business Park.

As the port commences phase one infrastructure development, it will use the grant funding to identify the kinds of businesses that will thrive in the new location while offering optimum economic and community benefits for the region.

"This grant is a win-win for the port and the community as it will help provide the analysis we need to attract business and initiatives that will best suit our community," said Kalama Port Executive Director Mark Wilson.

CERB is focused on creating private sector jobs in partnership with local governments by financing infrastructure improvements. These improvements encourage new business development and expansion. In addition to funding construction projects, CERB provides limited funding for studies that evaluate high-priority economic development projects. Learn more about CERB at www.commerce.wa.gov/cerb.

"Investments in public infrastructure lay the foundation for future growth, new economic activity and jobs. Successful projects begin with solid and effective planning, long before shovels hit the ground. CERB is a valuable partner in helping communities achieve their own unique vision for creating places where people want to live, work, raise a family or start a business," said Brian Bonlender, director of the Washington State Department of Commerce.

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