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Washington state ports pursue partnership to spur economic growth


The ports of Seattle and Moses Lake, Wash., are exploring a partnership to promote economic growth in the state.

The Port of Seattle is partnering with other ports across Washington to “ignite economic recovery” and find ways to “increase exports and jobs,” said Seattle Commission President Bill Bryant in a prepared statement. The port recently increased efforts to work with eastern Washington businesses, including agriculture exporters, by appointing Mark Wen manager for inland cargo and business development, he said.

Meanwhile, the Port of Moses Lake is working with Washington State Department of Transportation to study and fund the North Columbia Basin Railroad project, which is designed to increase rail access for businesses in surrounding areas.

“For a century, ports in Washington have shared the mission of creating economic opportunity,” said Port of Moses Lake Commission President D. Kent Jones. “By exploring partnerships in tourism and economic development with Port of Seattle, we hope to spur business growth on both sides of the state.”

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