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Port of PA looks to update strategic plan

August 27th, 2014 - 5:18am

(PORT ANGELES) Commissioners for the Port of Port Angeles kept busy at their Tuesday session as they heard from three different consulting firms vying for the opportunity to improve the Port's strategic plan.

A.E.COM based in Los Angeles, the Beckett Group out of Gig Harbor, and the Maul-Foster-Alongi group from Bellingham, all had 45-minute presentations before the board in an effort to obtain a $30-thousand dollar contract aimed at improving the Port's business model.

Performance metrics, keystone documents, and synergy, were just some of the business buzz words that flew through the room as each firm presented their business expertise, promising to provide a viable business model for the Port and it's current holdings. At the end of each presentation, each commissioner had a series of questions for the consultants.

In other business, Olympic Electric Company of Port Angeles, was approved with its winning bid, to remove and replace a visual approach slope indicator and to replace several automated gates and controls at the Fairchild International Airport. That contract also hinges on the award of an FAA grant that will cover 90% of the costs of the projected estimated at just over $870,000-dollars. Of that total, 10% or about $87,000 will be funded by the Port. Commissioners unanimously approved both measures, and the Port should know if the FAA grant is approved later next month.

The Commissioners also heard from the Port's Executive Director, Ken O'Hollaren, on the Port's leasing policies. The Port is looking to obtain term leases whenever possible, in order to keep revenues and occupancy more predictable. The Port also wants to clarify procedures for determining fair market value on their leases, and lease bonds.

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