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Clark Port Of Vancouver Commissioner, District No. 1

4-year term (ports in counties with over 100,000 pop); 4 or 6 year term counties with under 100,000 pop) Salary $42,106 (2013) in King, varies in other port districts. The Port District is responsible for the maintenance and operation of the port facilities within their jurisdiction. The commission sets the general policies of the district, which are implemented by the hired professional Port Director and their professional staff. One of commission's main duties is the adoption of the district's budget and proposal of any Port levies to be placed on the ballot to the people. The commission sets policies and approves all spending via the budget, whether for operations or capital items or public facility maintenance and improvements. The council also sets salaries for district employees.
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Phone (360) 334-1664
Email kris@goforgreene.com
Town where you live Vancouver
Experience (300 characters max) I have been a Vancouver Resident for over 20 years, an active member in the business community, & a small business owner. I have served on several local organization boards, and have collaborated with fellow citizens to improve & grow our community.
I’ve spent my entire life committed to public service, & as a Commissioner, my efforts on behalf of the community will be broadened to enable me to do what is best for our port’s future. We need to elect a Commissioner who knows the value of family, has deep roots here in the port district, & is concerned about the future. Vancouver needs a Commissioner who cares deeply about both the environment & growing the economy and realizes that it’s not an either-or proposition. I am running so I can bring my risk management experience & skillset to thoughtfully impact & responsibly guide economic development & future growth, while furthering the port’s competitive leadership in the region. My generational plan is about growth in industrial development, importing, and exporting; all which links to the creation of new family wage jobs here in Vancouver to give our best and brightest the incentive to stay home to build their careers and raise their families.
1.Currently the POV is underdeveloped & needs to work to bring in new Tenants. The port also will need to begin work on redeveloping the area around Warehouse 23, which is Terminal One. Parking is an issue that is plaguing our Downtown area as well as the POV. I have proposed two new parking structures to help alleviate this issue while simultaneously creating a safety corridor between the rail lines, Terminal One, & Downtown. 2.The port needs to continuously support and work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to ensure the Columbia River dredging continues. This effort ensures a safe river for shipping. 3.Centennial Park is nearing completion, finding new Tenants to fill this building is critical. Seeking out companies that will bring family wage jobs into our community will be my focus. Also, the possability of developing new properties near the POV & along the Chelatchie Prairie line from the Vancouver Rail yard to just South of Battle Ground is another way to grow our economy.
All three are important, however, I believe number three is the area needing most attention to protect the growth of our region for generations to come. Our port is our region’s economic engine and in order for this engine to fuel future prosperity we must always look at what our community will need 5, 10 or 20 years from now. I want my children to live here in Vancouver, to raise their families here but in order to do this, our port has to plan better for the future. We need a laser-like focus on balancing smart economic growth with protecting our natural treasures. We need family wage jobs created here. We must provide educational opportunities for those high school graduates who wish to immediately enter the skilled labor force. We can achieve all this with detailed planning, communication, and collaboration. I understand that these traits are critical for a strong Port Commissioner and this is what I will bring to the job.
I have several: The foundation of my program is to promote and encourage five key components leading to growth at the Port of Vancouver. The pillars of my program include: Safety: Ensuring a safe environment for the port’s operation while encouraging continued development; Clarity: Communicating a clear vision of the future of the port; Growth: Developing operational policies that continuously encourage business development and family wage job growth; Harmony: Building cooperation and linkage between the environment, business development and community needs in which each supports the other; Education: Expanding a policy that port businesses contribute to a wide range of business linked educational programs for Vancouver, Clark County & Southwest Washington.
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