Bruce Wiseman

by Bruce Wiseman, Commissioner

Recently, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee spent a morning in Ridgefield. On that bright summer day our community got the chance to shine.

The governor stood on the banks of the now clean and beautiful Ridgefield waterfront where he could see the fruits of many successful port partnerships, including with the City of Ridgefield and the state. We also told Governor Inslee about the port’s productive partnerships with the Washington State Department of Fish & Wildlife, the Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge, Clark Regional Wastewater District, our fellow ports in the county and in the state, and our fantastic and supportive school district. Our successful partnership with the community was evidenced by the positive voices of the many people who turned out that day.

“This is a great secret sauce going on right here.” – Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

We also updated the governor on the final phase of our Pioneer Street Rail Overpass project – a project that has been made possible because of high-quality community partnerships.

In short, the story we told Governor Inslee was one of the power of partnerships in enhancing our community.  In return, he told us this:

“If you want to look for a place where people are building new technologies; creating new kinds of jobs at the same time they are creating great places to raise a family – like right here in Ridgefield. This is a great secret sauce going on right here.”

Our partnerships are critical in getting things done. So expect to see the port enter into more of them in the future, because our commission believes that the products of our partnerships – whether they are with the public sector or the private sector – are good for people, our environment, and business. We need to support all of these elements to make a great community.