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Port of Kalama Commission Approves Lease Agreement with NW Innovation Works


Kalama, Washington (PRWEB) April 10, 2014

The Port of Kalama commission voted to approve a lease agreement with NW Innovation Works to build and operate a manufacturing plant on port property that would produce methanol from natural gas after receiving environmental and regulatory approvals.

The lease agreement calls for a two year contingency period allowing the Port and NW Innovation Works to conduct in depth analysis of environmental, safety and feasibility issues. After all contingencies have been satisfied, a 30 year lease for construction and operations would commence.

This is a landmark opportunity for the Port and our community. This facility will create 1,000 jobs during construction and 200 permanent family wage jobs during operations, said Port of Kalama commission president Alan Basso. Were excited to achieve this milestone. But NW Innovation Works still has more work to do evaluating the site, and well be talking with lots of people city, county, school and fire district officials and with citizens.

I’m very happy that the port and NW Innovation Works have reached this milestone, said Governor Jay Inslee. As the global transition to a clean energy economy accelerates, so does our state’s ability to attract new, family wage jobs throughout Washington State. I have instructed my Department of Commerce to continue working with the Port of Kalama and the company on this opportunity.”

The methanol produced in Kalama will be exported to Asia, including Dalian, China, where it will be used as feedstock to produce olefin, a common ingredient in the manufacturing of everyday products such as cell phone covers. Currently in China, coal is used to produce methanol. Natural gas offers a cleaner, more environmentally sustainable way to manufacture these everyday products. NW Innovation Works has a number of international partners, including the Chinese Academy of Science, a ministry-level agency of the Chinese government focused on research and technology. Its also backed by H&Q Asia Pacific, a Silicon Valley private equity firm with strong ties with Intel, IBM and Starbucks.

Our partnership with the Port of Kalama demonstrates that we dont have to choose between a healthy environment and a thriving economy, said Simon Zhang, CEO of NW Innovation Works. We can have both. This project has the potential to transform the local economy while working to reduce Chinas dependence on coal. We want to thank the Governor for his support of a project that is a win for the local economy and the global environment.”

“We are delighted to see this unique opportunity moving forward, after having helped attract this investment into our state and bring key partners together here and through our trade mission in China last fall, said Brian Bonlender, Washington State Commerce Director.

The upcoming environmental and regulatory approval processes will include numerous opportunities for community input. All of the commissions meetings are public and the Port will publicize points in the process when issues related to the proposal will be under consideration.

NW Innovation Works is honored to partner with the Port of Kalama on this development, and we are grateful for their leadership and support as we move toward permitting, construction, and eventual operation of the plant, said Murray Vee Godley, President. We look forward to working together with the port and the community of Kalama to generate a brighter economic future for the region.

Additional information about the NW Innovation Works proposal can be found at: http://nwinnovationworks.com/

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 20 industries located at the Port of Kalama, employing over 830 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.







Award-winning Digital Innovation Partner Rockfish Seeks to Expand Technology Team, Hire New Developers in Q1


Rogers, AR (PRWEB) January 22, 2014

Technology partner and digital marketing agency Rockfish is seeking top technology talent to support its rapidly expanding teams in Cincinnati, Dallas, Austin, Atlanta and Northwest Arkansas. As a partner for some of the worlds largest brands, the Rockfish technology team already 50+ strong builds innovative and award-winning digital solutions spanning mobile, Web, retail, enterprise and more.

A wide range of positions available

Rockfish has both full-time and freelance positions available for developers across a range of languages and platforms, including .NET, PHP, Drupal, iOS, Ruby on Rails and Java.

At Rockfish, developers of all skill levels collaborate on projects, sharing their knowledge to help create innovative solutions for clients and improve their individual expertise. A video posted at rockfishdigital.com/techjobs showcases what its like to work as a developer at Rockfish.

Work with an award-winning team

Rockfish is a growing digital agency with roots in technology development. Its technical excellence has earned the company multiple awards, including being named Agency of the Year for Design on Jan. 16 by industry-leading publication OMMA Magazine. Rockfish accepted the award which it also received in 2010 at a ceremony in New York City.

Other recent accolades include:

The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation Appoints Vice President of Strategic Partnerships


Bethesda, MD (PRWEB) August 22, 2013

The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation announced the appointment of Michael Wood as Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. Wood, who comes to the Institute from United Way Worldwide, will oversee the management and cultivation of the Institutes strategic partnerships with an already wide variety of organizations.

The addition of Mike to our senior management team will enable the Institute to further leverage our partnerships with nationally networked organizations, said The Harwood Institutes Founder and President Rich Harwood. Mike is a seasoned and trusted executive with an extraordinary track record of delivering results. He possesses a deep understanding of the Institutes work and is uniquely qualified to drive our strategic direction with organizations creating meaningful change in communities across the country.

Wood joins the Institute at a time of exceptional growth and reach: The Institute has formed alliances with major nonprofits ranging from the American Library Association and United Way Worldwide to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Such groups have long collaborated with The Harwood Institute and adopted its practices. The Institute, based in Bethesda, Md., teaches and coaches people and organizations to solve pressing problems and change how communities work together.

Before coming to The Harwood Institute, Wood was Director of U.S. Network Engagement for United Way Worldwide, where he was responsible for overseeing the execution of the organizations relationship development strategy for its vast U.S. network of 1,200 local United Ways. He previously worked for The Harwood Institute managing projects and serving as the Institutes communications director. He also worked as an associate for the Kettering Foundation, was a consultant for non-governmental organizations and was involved in community and political organizing.

Wood holds two bachelors degrees from West Virginia University and a masters degree in political management from The George Washington University. Wood was also a Harry S Truman Scholar, one of 20 annual members of USA Todays Collegiate All-Academic First Team and Rhodes Scholar semi-finalist.

During my seven years at United Way, I had the good fortune of seeing from a different perspective how effective The Harwood Institutes content, tools and support can be in helping community-based organizations build credibility, align internally and externally and achieve greater impact, Wood said. I am extremely excited about working with organizations across the country to figure out how we can work together in creating more results for our communities.

For more information about The Harwood Institute, please visit the web site.







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