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New artists/artisans colony comes alive on Walla Walla's Dell Avenue...


Economic Devolopment Advisory Committee meetings

    If you’re interested in learning more about the Port’s economic development strategies and the latest economic trends in the greater Walla Walla Valley, then attending an EDC meeting is for you.
    These informative public sessions are held six times a year in the Walla Walla Regional Airport Community Conference Room starting 11:45 a.m. and conclude at 1:30 p.m.
    A typical meeting includes a briefing on the current economic conditions in the Walla Walla Valley by Port Staff, a regional labor economist perspective on the economy, a guest speaker - usually a local business person speaking about their operations - and a review of the Port’s business retention and recruitment activities.
    To become involved all you need do is call the Port at 509-525-3100 and ask to be put on the EDC mailing list. Every other month you will receive a meeting notice in the mail.
    It’s that easy to become involved.

Walla Walla Trends

    Looking for the largest taxpayers in Walla Walla County? Want to know whether more people have jobs in the private or public sectors of the valley? Is tourism spending really increasing and by how much? Does Walla Walla County spend more, or less per student on public education than elsewhere?
    Answers to these questions and a host of others are easily accessible at www.wallawallatrends.com.
    The one-stop-shop for current, reliable, and meaningful data covering a broad range of subject matter was developed by the Port of Walla Walla in 2008. It is available free of charge to anyone at any time with no passwords or login information required.
    Eastern Washington University, under an $18,000 annual contract with the Port, regularly updates the site and produces a quarterly e-mail newsletter summarizing the most recent trends. The electronic publication is available by calling the Port at 509-525-3100.

   Craig Keister likens what’s happening at the old Walla Walla Cannery site to the wine incubator buildings at the Walla Walla
Regional Airport.
    Keister, owner of a downtown Walla Walla antique store and a builder of custom-made furniture, envisioned the creation of an “art colony” with affordable space for artists and artisans who’ve outgrown their kitchen and garage shops. He shared his enthusiasm for the concept with Port of Walla Walla commissioners and they turned him loose.
   After major cleanup that included updated electrical service and new windows that welcomed natural light...the original six 1,000 square foot buildings were ready.
    And practically before the paint dried, tenants were ready to move in. Occupants include a metal artisan, a maker of fishing lures, a woodworker...and before long, Keister predicts there will be a waiting list. In fact, he’s already studying plans for the construction of six additional look-alike buildings on the spacious site. And he’s talking to wine and music enthusiasts about staging joint events that will bring the public to a landscaped community of creativity.
    “We’ve wanted to develop affordable production and studio space for our art community,” said Port Commissioner Ron Dunning. “We’re pleased with the outcome of this project.”

WW Melrose Complex

Columbia REA buys WW Melrose complex

    Columbia REA has purchased the Port of Walla Walla’s Melrose Building Complex.
    Port Commission President Mike Fredrickson announced in mid-year that the Port and CREA had agreed on the transaction. The sales price for the 10.16 acre site, including the central warehouse, Quonset building and offices was $5.33 million.
    Les Teel, CEO of Columbia REA, says the utility company had outgrown its Walla Walla location on Rees Avenue and that the Melrose property will meet the company’s “long term strategic needs.”
    The Port built the Melrose complex for $4.1 million in 1988 for Strauser manufacturing. That firm filed bankruptcy and vacated the building in 1990.
    Key Technology leased the facility for 10 years - from 1995 to 2005 - a period that saw Key make a host of improvements.
    “The Port commission is pleased Columbia REA can bring the property back to a productive use,” Fredrickson said. “We also believe they will be an excellent anchor business for the Port’s vision of developing the remainder of the 31-acre Melrose business park.”

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