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Port of Portland director visits with OAN members

Posted By Beth Farmer, Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Curtis Robinhold, executive director of the Port of Portland, met with members of the OAN Government Relations Committee Tuesday afternoon. The port is responsible for managing Portland International Airport as well as the various marine terminals along the Columbia and Willamette rivers in Portland.

Robinhold discussed the airport’s efforts to eradicate the Japanese beetle, which hitchhikes into Oregon via arriving aircraft. The port has contributed $15,000 annually to an effort by the Oregon Department of Agriculture to scout, treat and eliminate the pest from affected areas at and near the airport and ports.

Additionally, he discussed efforts to resume container shipments in the face of labor difficulties and market challenges (carriers have moved to larger craft that can’t navigate the Columbia River). In essence the port is doing the best it can to find appropriate carriers and products the port can move at these facilities.

Finally, Robinhold updated members on the largest public construction project in Oregon history, which is the PDX Next initiative to expand and modernize Portland International Airport, which is currently operating at above its designed capacity. The series of projects will cost $2 billion over the next seven years, funded by the airlines and thus, indirectly, their customers.

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) has been invited as the guest speaker for the next meeting of the Government Affairs Committee. The meeting will be held Thursday, August 23 as part of the Farwest Show at the Oregon Convention Center. Watch for details. All members are invited to attend.

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