Port of C-W receives statewide award

Director and commissioners receive honor at Washington Public Ports Association annual meeting

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The Port of Camas-Washougal has been named “Port of the Year” by the Washington Public Ports Association.

The award was presented to Port Director David Ripp and Commissioners Mark Lampton, Bill Macrae-Smith and Bill Ward during the organization’s annual meeting in Seattle. It is voted on by the WPPA board.

Lampton, commission president, said it is an honor for the port to receive recognition from its peers. The port has 14 employees.

“Dave and his team have put in a tremendous effort and produced outstanding results to make the port a well-respected entity that is delivering on its mission to bring jobs to our community,” Lampton said. “We are thrilled with their accomplishments and expect great things to come.”

The WPPA, which consists of 76 public port districts across the state, honored the Port of C-W for its strategic planning, acquisition and development milestones during the past year.

“We’re extremely proud to have our efforts recognized, and it’s a credit to local business and civic leaders that we’ve made some significant steps forward,” Ripp said. “I also want to acknowledge our customers, tenants, staff and particularly our commissioners who have applied their vision and focus on increasing the economic impact of our port in Southwest Washington.”

The award will be on display Saturday during the Christmas Ships appearance. The port’s doors will open at 6 p.m., at 24 S. “A” St., Washougal, and the ships parade is expected to start at 7 p.m. The viewing is free and open to the public.

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