We need more good paying jobs on this side of the river and the port is in an excellent position to bring those jobs to Clark County.
This deep-water port has 5 marine terminals and 13 berths that handle ocean-going vessels and river barges. The port controls 1600 acres of public property and there are about 600 acres that can be made available to new and expanding businesses. We must make the most of this unique public asset.
There are currently about 50 tenants at the port. Retaining those tenants and assisting them in supporting their business growth is important. At the same time we need to find new tenants that will provide durable family wage jobs and expand the diversity of businesses in the port's portfolio.
We need to aggressively market the Centennial Industrial Park, which has 17 ready-to-build acres, including the necessary utilities already onsite.
Terminal 5 offers a unique opportunity. A large investment was made in rail improvements and now is the time for a solid company to locate here and create high paying jobs. This site is perfect for companies handling dry bulk, liquid bulk, auto, and other commodities.
Longer term, we need to invest in the infrastructure that will allow the Gateway property west of Terminal 5 to be made available as soon as possible for economic development.
In addition to all those job creation and economic development opportunities, there is the Waterfront Project at Terminal 1. This is the site of the port’s original 1920’s warehouse and the Inn at the Quay is located on part of this site. This is a unique asset for the port and when properly developed through public and private investment, it will result in more jobs and public access to the waterfront. Jack will work diligently to make sure this project develops as quickly as possible, along with developing compatibly with the The Waterfront Vancouver project next door.