The Port of Ridgefield is proud to announce that Brent Grening, port CEO, was selected as the recipient of the 2018 John S. McKibbin Leadership Legacy Award, one of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce’s annual business and leadership awards. Grening was honored for his achievements at the annual dinner of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce held September 25 at the Vancouver Hilton.
“Brent is one of the most intelligent, thoughtful and insightful leaders I’ve ever known and had the opportunity to work for and learn from,” said Nelson Holmberg, vice president, innovation for the port. “His vision, direction and drive to achieve that vision are second-to-none, and are proven by his ability to complete major projects that no one would have thought a small port would normally have the ability to do.”
Grening’s contributions to the greater Southwest Washington community are extensive, and include leadership, long-term vision and planning for many regional projects including the Ridgefield Junction interchange replacement, (exit 14), SR-502 Interchange development, NE 139th Street interchange development, the Pioneer Street Overpass project, working toward the development of dark fiber optics infrastructure to bring high-speed broadband to the county, and purchasing and developing property to shovel-ready standards for job creation.
Grening has also been active in the North County Leadership Group, and has had a leadership role in the Three Ports Coalition (Ports of Ridgefield, Vancouver and Camas-Washougal). He is also credited with crafting the name “Discovery Corridor” as a branding tool for the Clark County area along I-5 from NE 134th Street to NE 319th.
Grening’s most notable accomplishment, however, is his leadership that resulted in the completion of a 20-year, $90 million environmental cleanup of 42 acres of portowned waterfront property. This cleanup resulted in the
return of public access to Lake River for the first time in nearly a century.
“Aside from the environmental, economic development and transportation infrastructure improvements Brent has spearheaded, “said Port Commission Chair Scott Hughes, “his positive attitude, participation and visibility in the community, his thought leadership and active leadership have all positively impacted business in Clark County.”
The chamber’s John S McKibbin Leadership Legacy Award is named after a Clark County man who served as the CEO of the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce for three years, starting in 2003. Additionally McKibbin was a teacher for many years, served in the Washington House of Representatives from the 49th district in 1974, and in 1978 was elected a Clark County Commissioner with 71 percent of the vote.