Port of Kalama and City of Kalama honored to receive 2014 Governor’s Smart Communities Award for new mixed use zoning district

East Port annexation expands city’s commercial/industrial base, and is expected to attract new business, family wage jobs

Governor Jay Inslee has announced the winners of the 2014 Smart Communities Awards. Now in its ninth year, the program recognizes achievements by local leaders who promote smart growth planning and projects that contribute to quality of life in Washington state.

Both the Port of Kalama and City of Kalama are being recognized for their collaboration on the recently approved annexation of 260 acres of Port property for both business and recreational purposes. The annexation will make way for the Spencer Creek Business Park and a new recreational facility, Haydu Park, including the Kalama Fairgrounds. The multi-use business property is expected to boost the area’s economy and job opportunities while strengthening the city’s revenue base.

The Port and City worked together to craft new City Code that will enable flexible development, while providing predictable quality of infrastructure, landscaping and buildings. The Spencer Creek Business Park will encompass about 70 acres (3 million square feet) and over 500,000 square feet of space when built-out.

“These projects help create and sustain a thriving economic climate and strengthen our ability to lead in the global economy,” said Gov. Inslee. “Washington is a great state in which to live and do business thanks to these examples of leadership and innovation in community planning and development.”

Port of Kalama commences Master Plan for recent annexation

New highway commercial and industrial property available for development

The Port of Kalama recently annexed 260 acres of property into the Kalama city limits for both business and recreational purposes and is now commencing the Master Plan for the area. The Port and City worked cooperatively to develop a flexible zoning code for the site. The master plan is the next phase of cooperative development of the site.
The annexation will make way for the Spencer Creek Business Park and new highway commercial and industrial development east of I-5 at exit 32 in Kalama. The Spencer Creek Business Center will support a mix of light industrial, office, commercial and retail uses. The proposed site uses may include:

• Office/flex
• Light industrial
• Commercial/retail
• Hotel
• Convenience store
• Dining

For more information or to discuss client and development needs, brokers and developers are welcome to call Liz Newman, Port of Kalama, at 360-673-2379.

For more information on the recent annexation, visit http://portofkalama.com/Page.aspx?cid=2713.

Port of Kalama votes again to collect no property taxes from local residents

Every year the Port of Kalama commission is required to declare whether it will levy property taxes on residents living in the Port district. Once again, the port has elected to pass on collecting property taxes from local residents. The good news for tax district residents? The port continues to maintain all long-term economic development projects and facilities enjoyed by the general public with existing revenue and no new taxes.

Simply put, a local resident owning a $150,000 home saves around $50 a year thanks to that decision. Why? Decades of careful strategic planning and foresight by numerous Port of Kalama commissions have enabled the Port to fulfill its mission based on its current business operations. Long-term decisions like developing the marine terminals and the Kalama River Industrial Park impact the local economy, local jobs and local development. All for the good of the entire community.

Regional residents are beneficiaries of the significant capital investment of the businesses here at the Port of Kalama. Revenue from wharves and industrial leases enable the Port to fulfill its mission of inducing capital investment in an environmentally responsible manner to continue creating jobs here locally while enhancing public recreational opportunities. Thanks to port businesses, we are able to continue our commitment to serving the public with parks, wharf facilities, walking paths and a unique destination for locals and tourists alike.

The Port of Kalama’s got a small town feel and a big heart for business: completely accessible, bordered by the deep draft Columbia River, Northern Pacific Railway and Interstate 5 – just 30 minutes from Portland

The Port of Kalama – just 30 minutes up I-5 from Portland, Oregon — is one of the best-kept-secrets in the Pacific Northwest for prime industrial land for lease and state-of-the-art industrial buildings. It’s a convenient location for companies in search of the perfect spot to grow their business. Industrial buildings are designed to house manufacturing, distribution, or warehousing companies.

Benefits include natural gas heat in the warehouses, truck docks and at-grade truck doors. The Port has invested in high quality industrial buildings to support a wide range of business needs – and conveniences and utilities that will bring down the cost of doing business:
o Beautiful, spacious buildings from 10,000 to 33,000 square feet, office space, and acreage for building
o Truck docks at each building and at-grade truck access
o 24’ clearance height
o Insulated buildings with natural gas heat
o Sprinkler systems
o Highly competitive public utilities and domestic sewer rates

The Port of Kalama is home to sweeping riverfront industrial acreage, over 20 industries, more than 800 employees, deep draft river channel for import/export and expanding business and industry. We welcome you to take a look for yourself!


“We write to taste life twice, in the moment and in retrospect.” – Anais Nin

Celebrating Literacy and Literature in the Pacific Northwest:
Save the date for Word Catcher 2013, April 20th in Kalama

Benjamin Franklin once said “either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.” Need help doing just that? Want to hone your writing skills? The City of Kalama and Envision Kalama host the 5th annual WORD CATCHER 2013 – a day of writing workshops for various interests and skills; presentations by published authors; and hands on creative development to unleash your passion through the written word.
The event takes place on Saturday, April 20, 2013, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Kalama the Kalama Community Building. Word Cather was launched to promote literacy, encourage visitors to this beautiful burg on the Columbia River – just 30 minutes from Portland, and raise funds for the Kalama Library.

Organizers encourage pre-registration at WORD CATCHER 2013 as class sizes vary and fill up fast. For event information or to register, contact Mary Putka at mputka@mac.com or 360-673-5310. Watch for event brochure out on March 1, 2013.

Writing workshops include:
• Great Expectations: Crafting Opening Lines — Lois Leveen
• Whose Story Is It Anyway? (point of view) — Jack Hart
• Killers, victims, suspects, and sleuths: Making characters earn their place. — Carolyn Rose
• Creating Narrative Tension — Bill Johnson
• Find Your Story (memoir) — Leslie Slape
• One on One Editing (limit 4) — Suzanne Martinson
• More TBA

Looking for an invigorating experience to tickle the writer within you? Come to Kalama where the dining, antique shopping, outdoor recreation and views are incredible. We’d love to help inspire your novel!

Start the New Year in Kalama: Available Industrial Property for Manufacturing

While the Portland Metro Area may have an inadequate supply of large industrial sites, the Port of Kalama – just 30 minutes from Portland – is ready to serve your clients with heavy industrial acreage on a marine terminal

The Port of Kalama is home to numerous facilities ready for manufacturing businesses, and there’s one jewel awaiting the right business partner: 70 acres at Kalama’s North Port.

Expanding companies will find exactly what they need to make Port of Kalama home on 70 acres of marine heavy industrial space:
• Deep draft access on the Columbia River shipping channel
• Utilities to site – electrical, industrial gases, natural gas, water, telecommunications
• Immediate access to I-5, main line BNSF/UP rail, shipping
• Incentives like manufacturing sales and use tax exemption, labor force training
• International airport at PDX just 30 minutes away

The Kalama River Industrial Park and acres of heavy and light industrial land are ideal for manufacturing, technology, warehousing and many other uses. For more information on all the Port’s properties, visit

Closer than you think and more brilliant than you remember….

That’s both our lovely little town of Kalama and the holiday season that’s fast-approaching! Just 30 minutes from Portland, Oregon, right on the beautiful Columbia River is nestled a hotspot of fun and entertainment to launch the holidays in style.

Zoom in a little. A closer look at Kalama reveals a wealth of the season’s best recreation, shopping and eateries. A stroll through town could prove to be a stop and go affair; area-renowned antique shops will entice you with their treasures. Not to be outdone, fragrant smells from Kalama’s local restaurants will lure you from the sidewalks. Fall is a breathtaking time of year here and now, the magic of the season is just around the corner:

Christmas in Kalama, next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, November 30, December 1 and 2:
Friday, November 30
5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Santa’s Express Train Show, Remax Building, 441 N. 1st
6:30 p.m.
Christmas Lighting and Caroling, Toteff Park

Saturday, December 1
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Santa Comes to Kalama!
and Santa’s Express Train Show at the Remax Building

Sunday, December 2
8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Swedish Pancake and Lingonberry Breakfast
Kalama Elementary School Cafeteria, $5

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Santa Comes to Kalama!
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Santa’s Express Train Show

4:00 p.m.
Christmas Parade sponsored by Kalama Fair
North end of 1st Street, line up at 3:30 p.m.

5:00 p.m.
Annual Turkey Community Dinner
Sponsored by Kalama Chamber of Commerce
Visit with Santa
Kalama Elementary School, $6. (10 years and under free)

Come see all that Kalama has to offer during the holidays!

Got sand? Port of Kalama’s got you covered with hundreds of thousands of cubic yards of sand available for just $1 per yard

As a result of maintenance dredging at its marine terminals on the Columbia River, the Port of Kalama is sitting on a pretty big sand box – perfect for large construction, industrial and building projects in the Pacific Northwest. A voluminous hundreds of thousands of cubic yards is available for just one dollar per yard to the buyer who can haul it with them.
The Port has an abundance of sand this year as a result of the Columbia River Channel Improvement Project. The sand has been dredged and deposited at the Port sites where a loader is available to help do the heavy lifting Monday through Friday. The clean, coarse sand is available for most any use — ideal for industrial construction, road work, commercial building.
Contact the Port of Kalama at 360.673.2325 or POK@portofkalama.com