Port of Camas-Washougal Named 2012 Port of the Year by WPPA

November 30, 2012

Honor goes to one of 76 Washington State Ports each year for success in the Port industry

Camas-Washougal Port office building at the Marina (photo Martha Martin)

The Port of Camas-Washougal today announced it received the 2012 Port of the Year Award from the Washington State Public Port Association (WPPA) at the organization’s annual meeting in Seattle.

Each year, the WPPA honors one of 76 public port districts across the state, for exceptional success in the port industry. The Port of Camas-Washougal was selected from a roster of nominees for its strategic planning, acquisition and development milestones it achieved in the last year.

“I’d like to say it is truly an honor to receive this recognition from our peers,” said Port Commission President Mark Lampton. “Dave and his team have put in a tremendous effort and produced outstanding results to make the port a well-respected entity that is delivering on its mission to bring jobs to our community. We are thrilled with their accomplishments and expect great things to come.”

“We’re extremely proud to have our efforts recognized and it’s a credit to local business and civic leaders that we’ve made some significant steps forward,” said Executive Director David Ripp. “I also want to acknowledge our customers, tenants, staff and particularly our commissioners who have applied their vision and focus on increasing the economic impact of our port in Southwest Washington.”

Founded in 1935, the Port of Camas Washougal’s port district encompasses more than 40,000 residents in the cities of Camas and Washougal in Southwest Washington. The port’s three main operating areas consist of a general aviation airport, industrial park and 350-slip pleasure boat marina, the largest publicly owned facility on the Washington side of the Columbia River. The marina is home to the Dolphin Yacht Club and is one of the most popular launching points for public recreation and fishing enthusiasts.

Only 30 minutes from Portland International Airport, the port’s industrial park includes rail and highway access, is home to more than 40 businesses with an annual payroll of $8.9 million. The port is currently in the midst of a several major development and expansion projects. Newly acquired acreage along the Columbia River will allow the port to preserve access along the waterfront with a public trail and to develop adjacent property to attract businesses and jobs. In addition, construction is well underway in the first phase of the Steigerwald Commerce Center, a 120+ acre industrial park that is anticipated to bring significant development and jobs to the region.

About the Port of Camas-Washougal

The port brings jobs and recreational opportunities through a 400-acre industrial park, a 79-hangar general aviation airport and 350-slip pleasure boat marina. Grove Field is a small, general aviation airport with a state-of-the-art fueling station and 14 tie-downs in addition to the 79 hangars. The marina is the largest publicly owned marina on the Washington side of the Columbia River and has a floating restaurant, launch ramp, hotel, fueling station, guest docks and is homeport to the Dolphin Yacht Club. The industrial park is home to more than 40 businesses and is adjacent to the Steigerwald Commerce Center, 120+ acres of property currently under development. The port manages Captain William Clark Park at Cottonwood Beach, the adjacent protective levee and the Parkersville National Historic site. More information is found at www.portcw.com.