portchelancountyThe Board of Commissioners of the Port of Chelan County will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 beginning at 5:30 pm at Confluence Technology Center, located at 285 Technology Center Way, Wenatchee, WA 98801.

The purpose of the meeting is to hear public comment on the potential functional consolidation of the Port of Chelan County and the Port of Douglas County into a single, regional Port Authority.

A Tri-Commissioner meeting will be held earlier in the day to discuss this and other issues:

The Board of Commissioners of the Port of Chelan County will attend the Tri Commission Meeting on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 beginning at 1:00 pm at Confluence Technology Center, located at 285 Technology Center Way, Wenatchee, WA 98801.

AGENDA

Chelan County Tri-Commission Meeting
May 29, 2019
1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Confluence Technology Center
285 Technology Center Way
Wenatchee, WA 98801
Agenda
1) Call to Order, Flag Salute, Introductions
2) Issue Discussion (lead)
a. Functional Consolidation of Port Districts (Port)
b. Strategic Planning (PUD)
i. Rock Island Relicensing and Early-Action Investments
c. Surplus Land for Substations (County)
3) Updates (lead)
a. Cashmere Mill District (Port)
b. Annual Growth Planning Meeting (PUD)
c. Columbia River Treaty (PUD)
d. Pangborn Commercial Air Service (Port)
e. Microsoft Agreement (PUD)
i. PUD Fiber Expansion and use of Broadband Programs
f. Facilities Planning and Headquarters Redevelopment (PUD)
4) Updates from the Mayors
a. Mayor Kuntz (Wenatchee)
b. Mayor Cooney (Chelan)
c. Mayor Farivar (Leavenworth)
d. Mayor Fletcher (Cashmere)
e. Mayor Alt (Entiat)
5) Commissioner Comments
6) Adjourn

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The Port of Chelan County has entered into a lease agreement for its second tenant at the Port’s Cashmere Mill District Business Park. Blue Spirits Distilling, a Chelan based distillery, has agreed to lease 6,800 square feet. This business expansion is expected to create 8 new jobs and result in private investment exceeding $500,000 in Chelan County. Just as important, small distilleries are an emerging industry contributing significant tax revenues to the State of Washington. In response to the news, Port of Chelan Commission Vice President Donn Etherington stated, “The Port is pleased with the strong market demand for the two 16,500 square foot buildings currently under construction by the Port. Our goal of creating new jobs and attracting private investment to the Cashmere Mill District site is being realized.”

The founder of Blue Spirits Distilling, Jeff Soehren, stated, “Our business has been experiencing rapid growth and it was critical for us to secure additional processing, warehousing and distribution space for our distillery operation. The Port Commission’s vision to constructed general-purpose shell buildings at its Cashmere Mill District Site could not have come at a better time for our expanding business.” Blue Spirits Distilling started in Chelan. They currently have two facilities in Leavenworth, a tasting room downtown and an event space, food, & cocktail lounge on Highway 2. This new addition will allow Blue Spiritsto expand its creative footprint by distilling bespoke whisky’s, including Rye, Bourbon and a Bavarian style Single Malt. This facility will allow Blue Spirits customers to experience all aspects of whisky production from grain processing through to barrel aging. Customers can even purchase their own barrels to commemorate this event and be able to taste them as they age.

Chelan County Commission Chairman Kevin Overbay commented, “Chelan County made a financial contribution from its dedicated economic development sales tax fund to assist the Port in constructing the buildings at the Cashmere Mill District Site. It is great to see an immediate return to the citizens of Chelan County.” “Cashmere is excited to see the economic development activities surrounding the Port’s development of the Cashmere Mill District Business Park. It is resulting in new jobs and private investments. I would like to thank the Port Commissioners for their leadership and vision,” said Cashmere Mayor Jim Fletcher.

Both buildings are expected to be completed this summer. Previously, the Port announced Hurst International, a Chatsworth, California based fruit label printer and labeling equipment manufacturer agreed to lease 6,500 square feet. The Port’s investment in the new buildings will exceed $6.7 million. Last summer, Chelan County Commissioners approved a $500,000 economic development sales tax grant for the project.

The Port of Chelan County is the lead economic development agency for the County. Three elected Port Commissioners govern the Port: JC Baldwin, Donn Etherington and Rory Turner.

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May 21, 2019 - On May 17th the Port of Chelan County was presented with the Washington Public Port Association’s 2019 Creative Partnership Award for its role in the creation and evolution of the Pybus Public Market on the Wenatchee Waterfront. Pictured above receiving the award is Port Executive Director Jim Kuntz, Commissioner Donn Etherington and Commission President JC Baldwin.

The success of the Pybus Public Market was possible due to multi-faceted partnerships with the City of Wenatchee, the federal government, State of Washington, private investors, and non-profits.

The Port of Chelan County purchased the 28,000 square-foot warehouse in 2010 to stimulate private investment on the Wenatchee waterfront, create a yearround public market, and provide a permanent home for the seasonal Wenatchee Valley Farmers Market. This vision captured the attention of the community. This led to financial support from U.S. Senator Patty Murray’s office, the City of
Wenatchee, Local Revitalization Funding from the state, and a generous private donation. This culminated with a $5.75 million investment into reconstruction of the core and shell followed by many millions more invested by tenants locating in the Market.

The Market opened in May of 2013 with great success. In early 2017, the Port sold the Market to the Pybus Charitable Foundation. In 2018, the Port and the Charitable Foundation started another chapter with its Pybus Partnership. The Port entered into a five-year lease with the Foundation for the newly constructed second floor of the Pybus Annex in order to attract tech entrepreneurs to Chelan County and stimulate economic development. The Port’s Business Incubator currently has its first tenant in place: Subsplash, a Seattle-based software company.

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The Port of Chelan County has entered into a lease agreement for its first tenant at the Port’s Cashmere Mill District Business Park. Hurst International, a Chatsworth, California based fruit label printer and labeling equipment manufacturer, has agreed to lease approximately 6,500 square feet. This recruitment success is expected to bring 10 new jobs and private investment exceeding $1,000,000 to Chelan County.

In response to the news, Port of Chelan County Commission President JC Baldwin stated “Recruiting a manufacturer supporting our agricultural industry as the first tenant in Cashmere is a huge win. I couldn’t be more excited about this news.”

The founder of Hurst International, Ari Lichtenberg, stated “We have had a growing presence in the region with our cutting-edge products and processes. Now is the time to add a manufacturing presence to serve our growing list of customers in Washington State.” Current regional customers include Gebbers Farms, Auvil Fruit, and Chelan Fruit.

Chelan County Commission Chairman Kevin Overbay commented that “Chelan County made a financial contribution from its dedicated economic development sales tax fund to assist the Port in constructing the buildings at the Cashmere Mill District Site. It is great to see an immediate return to the citizens of Chelan County.”

In September 2018, the Port started construction on two general-purpose industrial buildings each containing 16,500 square feet. They are expected to be completed in late spring. “

Cashmere is excited to see Hurst join Louws Truss in providing quality jobs in Cashmere. We look forward to more companies and jobs coming to this location. The Port has not even completed the buildings yet and the first tenant has been secured. I would like to thank the Port Commissioners for their forward looking investment in our community,” said Cashmere Mayor Jim Fletcher.

The Port of Chelan County is governed by three elected Port Commissioners: JC Baldwin, Donn Etherington and Rory Turner.

pangborne logo 200A record number of Airline passengers flew out of Pangborn Memorial Airport in 2018. Passenger enplanements totaled 64,689 which represents a 7.2% increase over 2017. Passengers flying into the greater Wenatchee Valley totaled 62,874 a 7.1% increase from 2017. Total passenger volume of 127,563 is a record for the Airport.

Due to passenger growth in 2017, Alaska Air added additional flights during the summer and holidays in 2018. “Alaska continues to be a strong partner, adding more flights at busy travel times supporting local residents and businesses”, said Chelan County Port Commission President JC Baldwin.

The other major factor in the record passenger numbers was a significant reduction in cancellations in 2018. The percentage of cancelled flights fell from 5.9% in 2017 to 2.7% in 2018.

“As our community seeks more air service, they continued to use the expanded Seattle service, which is the best way to get more flights to more destinations in the future”, said Douglas County Port Commission President Jim Huffman.

2018 also marked important progress in the communities’ goal of securing additional air service. This past summer the Airport was awarded a $750,000 Federal grant to secure non-stop regional jet service between Pangborn Airport and the San Francisco Bay Area. This grant was matched by over $400,000 in local pledges.

The Airport has held meetings with several interested airlines with the goal of obtaining new service by mid-2020.

The Airport is jointly owned by the Ports of Chelan and Douglas Counties.

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EAST WENATCHEE, WA, July 10, 2018 – Pangborn Memorial Airport is proud to announce it has been awarded a federal Small Community Air Service Development (SCASD) Grant of $750,000 to support its effort to land nonstop service to the San Francisco Bay Area.

The Department of Transportation awarded the grant to match the incredible community support for the new service. So far, more than 90 pledgers have committed more than $400,000 in matching funds. That local funding was a key reason the Department of Transportation joined the effort with its award.

“The broad based regional support for this new service was critical to securing this grant and bodes well for successful service to San Francisco, enhancing the economy and quality of life in central Washington,” stated Rory Turner, President of the Pangborn Memorial Airport Governing Board and the Port of Chelan County Commission.

“This Grant award validates our effort, and strategy, in the recruitment of additional airline service for all of Central Washington,” said Trent Moyers, Director of Pangborn Memorial Airport. “Now the hard work begins, as we make the business case to prospective airlines, working to convince them Wenatchee is the best place for their limited aircraft.”
Pangborn received strong support from Federal elected officials including Senators Cantwell and Murray and Congressmen Reichert and Newhouse.

The Air Service Investment Program supported by this grant award is designed to share the financial risk of launching new service with the airline. The funding also demonstrates the region’s intent to use the new service.
An airline will invest about $8 million to start daily jet service over a two-year period. That risk is mitigated by the grant and the contributions from businesses, organizations and individuals in four counties in north central Washington, as well as from several companies in California.

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Western Aerospace Scholars watch with anticipation as one of their model rockets is about to be launched.

Nov. 3 is student deadline for Museum's Western Aerospace Scholars programs

SEATTLE, Oct. 24, 2017--The deadline for high school students to apply for one of the Museum's premiere residency education programs is Nov. 3. The Western Aerospace Scholars program is a distance-learning and summer residency program for Montana, Oregon and Washington state high school juniors. The STEM-based program focuses on space exploration, and has online components and residencies allowing students to learn from industry professionals, NASA scientists, university students and STEM educators.

The top performing Washington scholars will be invited to participate in a six-day Summer Residency at the Museum in summer 2018, while Oregon and Montana scholars will attend residencies in those states during summer 2018. Both programs are part of the Museum's Boeing Academy for STEM Learning. Complete information is online, or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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September 27, 2017 - The Port of Chelan County is launching www.ChooseChelanCounty.com today, putting access to powerful business decision information only a mouse-click away. Using Geographic Information System (GIS) Software, ChooseChelanCounty.com provides immediate access to in-depth information that previously took weeks to research and analyze. Now, a comprehensive database of available Chelan County Commercial and Industrial properties is available instantly, along with dynamic demographic data, industry breakdowns, and community profiles.

Over 97% of site selection screening is done online. ChooseChelanCounty.com provides immediate access to critical business intelligence that decision makers use to make investment decisions. The information provided goes beyond available sites and buildings and includes layers of data from educational attainment, consumer expenditures by category, to labor force.

Companies searching for a site can set their criteria such as minimum lot size, building ceiling height, price and other criteria to find a list of available real estate in Chelan County, increasing the opportunity to locate new or expanding businesses within the county.

According to Commission President Donn Etherington, “ChooseChelanCounty.com gathers economic, planning, infrastructure, geographic, and demographic information often sought by businesses looking to relocate or expand into a consolidated, user-friendly business portal. It allows users, including the Port of Chelan County, to find available properties with the data that supports locating in Chelan County.”

To add your Commercial or Industrial property to the system at no cost or get more information on ChooseChelanCounty.com, contact Craig Larsen, Business Development Director for the Port of Chelan County (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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September 27, 2017 - Destination San Francisco Bay Area, the Air Service Investment Program to secure a direct flight from Wenatchee’s Pangborn Airport and the San Francisco Bay area, has reached its $400,000 goal of regional support. “Support has been strong across the region from many businesses, local governments, nonprofits and individuals excited to see new air service,” stated Commission President Donn Etherington.

Support has come from over 100 pledgers and supporters from all four counties in north central Washington, as well as several compnies in central California. The fundraising target was “topped off” with a $43,000 pledge from Microsoft, which operates a data center located in Quincy, Washington. “We very much appreciate Microsoft’s support for this regional economic development project. Microsoft is making a huge investment in Quincy and now a huge investment into our region,” continued Etherington.

The Air Service Investment Program shares the financial risk of new service with the airline and demonstrates the region’s intent to use the new service. An airline will invest about $8 million to start daily jet service over a two-year period. “Airlines that see broad support are willing to invest in new air service,” stated Trent Moyers, Director of Pangborn Memorial Airport.

Destination San Francisco is one in many steps to gain new air service at Pangborn Memorial Airport. “The Ports of Chelan County and Douglas County have been working toward new air service for many years. Critical was the completion of the Runway Extension Project. Service to San Francisco Bay area will improve the vitailty of our economic region for business and leisure travel alike,” stated Commissioner JC Baldwin. “This is a great opportunity for our region and we’re thrilled that so many businesses, organizations and individuals have pledged their financial support.”

pangborne logo 200The fourth Planning Advisory Committee (PAC) meeting for the Pangborn Memorial Airport Master Plan (Plan) will be held on July 20, 2017. The Plan serves as a roadmap for identifying the orderly development of Airport facility, equipment, and service needs necessary to meet existing and future Airport demands. The Plan will identify 20-year capital improvements as envisioned by the Airport, in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidance and that complement community interests. 

PAC Meeting #4 will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2017, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Wild Rivers Inn / Sports Bar and Grill (560 Valley Mall Parkway, East Wenatchee, WA). PAC Meeting #4 will focus on Airport Alternatives and the initial Project Implementation Plan.

Presentation information from PAC Meeting #4 will be posted to the Airport’s Master Plan web page following the meeting (https://www.flywenatchee.com/master-plan/). The Master Plan web page also includes links to the prior Plan documentation, including ‘draft’ working paper materials, announcements, and other information on how to provide public input.