Dec. 12–The Port of Skagit has been named 2018’s “Port of the Year” by the state Public Ports Association.
The port’s “exceptional success” throughout the year earned it the award, according to a Port of Skagit news release.
The selection committee highlighted accomplishments including the port’s acquisition of the Sedro-Woolley Innovation for Tomorrow (SWIFT) Center, its welcoming of 21 new business tenants to port properties and its securing of $2 million in broadband grant and loan funding from Skagit County and the Community Economic Revitalization Board.
Port Commissioner Kevin Ware said the credit for the success of 2018 belongs to the port’s staff.
“You could not find 33 more dedicated and hardworking public employees anywhere in the country,” he said in the release.
The port added four new employees in 2018, Community Outreach Administrator Andrew Entrikin said.
Below is a timeline of the port’s accomplishments for 2018:
February: The port sells about 122 acres of undeveloped property to truck manufacturing company PACCAR.
March: The port purchases 123 acres off Peterson Road with plans to develop an industrial park focused on value-added agriculture.
May: The port and the Skagit Public Utility District approve an agreement to oversee the construction of a fiber optic network that will extend from Anacortes to Concrete.
June: The port takes ownership of the SWIFT Center, which was once Northern State Hospital.
October: Dredging begins at the La Conner Marina to remove accumulated sediment.
— Reporter Julia-Grace Sanders: 360-416-2145, firstname.lastname@example.org, Twitter: @JuliaGrace_SVH
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