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Port of Kennewick Celebrates 100 Years

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The Port of Kennewick celebrated 100 years since it opened. The Port of Kennewick celebrated 100 years since it opened.
KENNEWICK, WA- The Port of Kennewick celebrated 100 years of nurturing economic development in the Mid-Columbia region.

People from all across the state gathered to celebrate, including Governor Jay Inslee.

The event started Tuesday afternoon with Gov. Inslee and mayors from across the region speaking about the economic impact the Port of Kennewick has made.

To celebrate, the Tri-City Development Council, Visit Tri-Cities, and the Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce held a centennial celebration to  recognize all the economic growth and community development projects in this region since the port's start.

"We're honored to have the governor here today to join us in the celebration.  I think it represents people coming together to recognize the port of Kennewick, the first port on the east side of the state, to join us in the celebration," said Don Barnes, Port of Kennewick Commissioner.

In 1915, nearly 75% of voters chose to open the port.  It was the first to open east of the Cascades and has created thousands of jobs.  From 2007 to 2013 more than 800 jobs opened because of port investments.

Current projects include changing the Columbia Drive waterfront, the West Richland Raceway, and the redevelopment of Vista Fields.

"I think the port has been very successful  in it's projects over the years.  Things that I've seen in the last decade or so," said Carl Adrian, TRIDEC President.

For the future, they hope to continue growing in the direction former leaders and commissioners have taken the port.

"We hope to do exceptionally well while we're carrying the baton so that we hand it off to the next generation with things in excellent condition," said Barnes. 

The celebration saw nearly 200 people.

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