Port Commissioner candidate Jeff Davis was in Yelm last Saturday and joined the Thurston Democrats in their first annual Pancake Breakfast in Yelm to support LD2. Jeff’s vision and his work on the Port Commission deserve our attention and to be knowledgeable when the ballots arrive in November.
From Port Commissioner candidate Jeff Davis:
Citizens of Thurston County,
I want to first Thank You for the enormous trust you put in me four years ago when electing me to the be your Port Commissioner. It is because of your support for my vision and values that we’ve been able to accomplish so much over the last four years.
In 2009 I laid out areas in which the Port could do better. As we look at those areas today, I’m encouraged to see great progress made in a short time, and all in a period when the economy that has been struggling to recover.
I stated that we could have a stronger active marine terminal in Olympia and improving business at the Port would be a strong priority of mine. Over the past four years we’ve seen the previously stagnant activity grow by leaps and bounds ($700,000 in revenue compared to $50,000 between 1999 and 2011) as a result of many things, but clinched with a change in attitude and a commitment to investing in our infrastructure.
I also wanted to ensure that outlying communities could take greater advantage of enterprise zones. The port has now developed the small cities program in order to bring economic development assistance to cities throughout Thurston County that apply to the program. The fund now has a dedicated funding source based on the Port’s profit and will continue to provide the outlying areas the benefit of creating jobs and growth in their communities.