The Port of Vancouver Board of Commissioners will hold its first meeting of the new year on Tuesday, January 14, and will consider seven action items. Open session begins at 9:30 a.m. in the Commission Room at the port’s administrative building, located at 3103 NW Lower River Road, Vancouver. Included on the agenda is election of 2014 officers. Commissioners Brian Wolfe, Nancy Baker and Jerry Oliver will vote to determine who among the group will serve as president, vice president and secretary of the board. Board positions traditionally rotate on an annual basis, allowing each commissioner to serve in all three capacities during a three-year period. In 2014, it is expected that Wolfe will be elected president; Baker, vice president; and Oliver, secretary.

Also part of the board’s first-of-the-year actions is the adoption of the port’s strategic plan for 2014 – 2023. The port’s mission is “to provide economic benefit to the community through leadership, stewardship and partnership in marine and industrial development.” The strategic plan supports the port’s mission by clearly outlining key initiatives and strategies for a ten-year period. The document, which is revised on a regular basis, provides direction to staff and sets goals that stretch and challenge the organization to always aim for excellence. If approved by the commission, the updated 2014 – 2023 Strategic Plan will replace the 2013 – 2022 Strategic Plan adopted by the commission on January 22, 2013.

Other agenda items include:

  • Approval of a settlement agreement between the port and NuStar Terminals Services, Inc. and NuStar Terminals Operations Partnership L.P. that will formalize a partnership focused on the clean-up of historical environmental contamination on port property;
  • Approval of an interlocal agreement with WSU Vancouver for executive training for the port’s leadership team;
  • Approval of contracts between the port and HDJ Design Group, BergerABAM and RH2 Engineering to perform on-call civil engineering services; and
  • Approval of two personal services contracts between the port and R.L. Wickman, Inc. and Gordon Thomas Honewell Government Affairs, LCC for government relations services.

Visit the port’s website at a complete agenda and meeting materials.

As with all regularly scheduled board meetings, a public comment period will be included as part of Tuesday’s meeting.

For those not able to attend, the board meeting will be televised live on CVTV (cable channels 21 and 23). It also will be streamed live on and archived later on the same website for future viewing.