Upper Kittitas County Port Distric
“Upper Kittitas County will be seen as the Strategic Commerce Portal
between Eastern and Western Washington”.
This will be accomplished by developing and testing ideas strategically around Upper Kittitas County. We will appropriately consider areas ready for development, activation or planning consistant with our use plans and long term goals.
It will become a Consistently Properous community with a resilient economic base. The economic foundation will be anchored by its already abundant Recreational Industry, and bolstered by expanding Entertainment and Retail businesses to support it. We will become known for our excellent amenities, service, and hospitality. …… A Destination to Stay & Play.
We will create an Innovative Commerce Incubator, focused on the commercialization of new technologies for Green Energy, Transportation, Communications, Machinery and Tooling. A Leading Edge Educational System, will become a new trademark for our community. Investments in capital infrastructure, fire, police and health services will become a priority to support the growing community.
Through the focused efforts of Cities and Towns, the Business Community, the Chamber of Commerce and our Citizens, we will establish a culture of managed and sustained growth, consistent with our Quality of Life Priorities.
Creating a UKC Port District is the right tool for making this happen. Ports are a unique animal – a public entity with a profit motive, or public enterprises. A port district’s primary goal is economic development for its community, with the end result of establishing Economic Durability.
Too often, Kittitas County has been classified as an economically “distressed” county within Washington State, and has perpetually lagged behind despite the significant resources and regional advantages it is blessed with. Growth and change is finally coming. If we pass on this opportunity now, we will get what someone else decides is best for us. It’s time to step up and create new history.
Supporters of the UKCPD in random order
Gary Hammons, Sandra Hammons, Kelli Conner, Kerry Clark, Janelle Sabo, Art Colts, Susan Colts, Helga Johnson, Bill Peare, Shari Mills, Ruby Lewis, Ben Goldie, Kathleen Horner, Gary Kasowski, Don Owens, Doug Owens, Laura Osiadcz, Beth Marker, Bette Larkin, Eliza Stevenson, Kevi Sutter, Bev Gonyea, Stephen Harper, Jodi Larsen, Ken Ratliff, Travis Harris, Desiree Harris, Jon Woolfolk, Cyrus Bowthorpe, Jim Armstrong, John Storch, Kermit Smith, Rob Shelton, Bob Faulkner, Louis Musso, Rick Spence, Vern Swesey, Kerry Farnum, Kathy Swanson, Mark Kirkpatrick, Al Montgomery, Lynn Romans, Bruce Coe, Jonine Collins, JJ Collins, Hartwig Vartheur, MaryVartheur, Jeff Schaefer, Ron Cridlebaugh, Gary Berndt, Woody O’Rourke, Jeff Schaefer, Dave Bridgeman, Gary Fletcher
UKCPD Task Team
Quote from WashingtonPorts.org website:
“Ports are a unique animal –a public entity with a profit motive, for public enterprises. A port district’s primary goal is economic development for its community, with the end result of job creation. And not just jobs, but jobs that pay a family wage and encourage growth throughout the port’s district. Port districts are able to finance the long – term investments needed for such growth with four different sources of revenue: taxes, service fees, bonds, and grants or gifts.”