Port of Kalama Awarded Federal Grant to Enhance Port Security Infrastructure

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New business and tenants at the Port require improved and expanded security at North Port Marine Terminal.

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Port of Kalama offers industrial property and industrial buildings just 30 minutes from Portland, Oregon.

With the Port’s recent business growth comes a higher volume of traffic which makes better area surveillance important for our tenants.

The US Department of Homeland Security has awarded the Port of Kalama a $394,200.00 grant under the FY-2015 Port Security Grant Program. The Port will match $131,400.00 of non-federal funds or 25 percent of the total approved project costs of $525,600.00. The grant will enable the Port to provide expanded and improved security infrastructure at the North Port Marine Terminal like video surveillance cameras, increased lighting at facilities, installation of new fencing and automated gates.

“This grant enables us to provide a significantly enhanced level of security for our tenants at the North Port Marine Terminal and all port businesses,” says Erik Swenningson, Port of Kalama Facility Security Officer. “It takes a team to secure this level of federal funding and we want to thank our colleagues at the Merchants Exchange of Portland for their support of the grant development, as well as the technology planning and advice of Kalama Telephone and Aronson Security Group.”

The USCG Sector Columbia River COTP, local AMSC, and FEMA reviewed the Port’s request submitted under the FY-2015 PSGP and found that the security plan aligns with the goals of the Area Maritime Security Plan and the Consolidated System-Wide Risk Management/Mitigation, Trade Resumption/Resiliency, and Five-Year Prioritized Project Plan.

“With the Port’s recent business growth comes a higher volume of traffic which makes better area surveillance important for our tenants,” says Port of Kalama Commission President Randy Sweet. “The dedicated staff at the Port of Kalama is consistently seeking partnerships and grant opportunities to better serve our community and businesses. It is these kinds of grants and programs that enhance regional economic development overall.”

About the Port Security Grant Program

The PSGP plays an important role in the implementation of the National Preparedness System by supporting the building, sustainment, and delivery of core capabilities essential to achieving the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient Nation. Delivering core capabilities requires the combined effort of the whole community, rather than the exclusive effort of any single organization or level of government. The PSGP’s allowable costs support efforts to build and sustain core capabilities across Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery mission areas.

About Port of Kalama – Where rail and water meet

The Port of Kalama is located in Southwest Washington on the Columbia River and immediately off of Interstate Highway 5. The port exists to induce capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to create jobs and to enhance public recreational opportunities. Port of Kalama's industrial area includes five miles of riverfront property adjacent to the 43' federally-maintained deep draft navigation channel of the Columbia River. The Port is served by the Burlington Northern/Santa Fe and Union Pacific railroads. There are over 30 businesses located at the Port of Kalama, employing over 850 people. Port of Kalama offers all the superior facilities businesses need to thrive, and an unsurpassed quality of life. The port offers shovel ready sites, a new Industrial Park, state of the art Marine Terminals and transportation accessibility to rail and highway all just a 30 minute drive to the Portland International Airport. Port of Kalama also offers high-bandwidth communications, with dual access fiber-optic service to Seattle and Portland. Properties currently available at the port for businesses wishing to expand and thrive: Visit http://portofkalama.com/industrial_property.

Contact: Liz Newman, marketing manager, Port of Kalama, 360-673-2379 or Claudia Johnson, PR, 503-799-2220.

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