In addition to Tuesday’s $ 16 million grant, the port approved at a meeting in October $ 50.2 million to enable staff to apply for a $ 16 million grant for the improvement. rail infrastructure and safety.
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Longview Harbor Commission Chairman Allan Erickson said the region was fortunate to have a congressional delegation “united in its commitment to Cowlitz County” and thanked Murray, Cantwell and the congresswoman. Jamie Herrera Beutler for their work.
“This is a huge victory for our community and it will ensure that the port continues to serve as an economic engine in our region,” he said. “From Senator Cantwell’s visit to the port this summer to see the project firsthand with her and the personal advocacy of MP Herrera Beutler to Secretary Buttigieg, it was truly a team effort to secure this federal investment. that changes the game. ”
Herrera Beutler praised the awarding of the grant, saying in a press release that the port is not just “a major maritime gateway to the Columbia River which provides jobs in Cowlitz County. , it also supports nearly $ 3 billion in annual economic activity in our region. “
“I have worked to secure this critical funding for the Port of Longview to help increase the ability to move cargo efficiently, which puts products on the shelves and allows hard-working residents to provide for the costs. their family’s needs, ”said Herrera Beutler.