Port of Vancouver USA: steady job growth, strong leadership

The Port of Vancouver USA announced today that overall job numbers tied to port activities increased over the past five years, despite the struggling economy. According to a recently completed economic impact study, job growth linked to an increase in the port’s marine business made up for a slight decrease in jobs associated with the port’s industrial tenants and customers. The total number of jobs directly generated by port marine and industrial activities in 2010 was 2,337.

“The Port of Vancouver’s growth in marine cargo and the resulting job creation is unusual in today’s economy,” said John Martin of Martin Associates, the firm that conducted the study. “It not only benefits the port, but the entire Southwest Washington community.” Copies of the report can be found on the port’s website at www.portvanusa.com.

The port also made news earlier this month when the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association awarded Larry Paulson, the port’s executive director, with the 2011 Distinguished Service Award. PNWA honored Paulson for his lifetime of achievements supporting the Northwest port community. He has overseen a period of strong economic growth for the port, despite the recession, with more than $500 million of private investment and $100 million directed at cargo facilities, rail improvements and environmental restoration.

The Port of Vancouver USA, created by Clark County taxpayers in 1912, is one of the major ports on the Pacific Coast. Its competitive strengths include available land, versatile cargo handling capabilities, vast transportation networks, a dependable labor force and an exceptional level of service to its customers and community. For more information, visit www.portvanusa.com.