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Port holds Strategic Business Plan public meeting Sept. 25

The Port of Hood River holds two public meetings as part of the Port Commission’s update of its Strategic Business Plan. The SBP will guide operations and investments for the next five years.

Two public meetings are planned this fall to foster community involvement, according to Port officials.

In addition to attending public meetings, the community can give input at the port website, portofhoodriver.com. It features a link with complete information about the SBP process as well as an open-ended survey to collect input about constituents’ visions for the Port, as well as areas that need improvement.

Port Commissioners and staff members will also be distributing postcard questionnaires to constituents and stakeholders that can be mailed to the Port office.

A fall newsletter will cover the SBP process and include a questionnaire to return.

The port also encourages letters (Port of Hood River, 1000 E. Port Marina Drive, Hood River, OR 97031); or emails (porthr@gorge.net) on the Strategic Business Plan or any other topic.

The Port of Hood River’s major assets include the Hood River Interstate Bridge, the Ken Jernstedt Airfield, real estate at Waterfront Business Park, the Hood River Marina and Port Marina Park. Other assets include waterfront recreation sites, waterfront trails, and buildings that remain of previous economic development projects.

More than five years ago, the agency undertook a major waterfront development strategy that has resulted in significant growth at Waterfront Business Park.

The Port also is charged with ensuring the viability of the Hood River Interstate Bridge, an aged, yet critical link across the Columbia River. Major airport improvements were recently completed, and the Port continues to improve and maintain its various assets, including important local recreation sites.

Several supporting studies and assessments have already been completed or are nearing conclusion to aid the SBP planning effort, including assessments of Port facilities, assets, and infrastructure, economic and market conditions, and financial models.

The Port Commission will dedicate much of its work in November and December to the completion of its 2013 Strategic Business Plan, which will replace the 2006 Strategic Plan.

Questions regarding the Port’s SBP or its process may be directed to the Port of Hood River office at 541-386-1645, or by emailing porthr@gorge.net.

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