The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) has awarded the Port of Grays Harbor a $50,000 planning grant to complete the East Terminal 4 Cargo Yard Expansion Plan, marking an important step toward putting this site back into economic use for the community.

The grant will be matched by $20,000 in Port funds. The Port acquired the 55-acre former Washington State Department of Transportation pontoon construction site at auction at the end of 2018.

“We thank CERB for again choosing to partner with the Port of Grays Harbor to foster economic opportunities for our community,” Port of Grays Harbor Commission president Stan Pinnick, said in a release. “Marine shipping through Grays Harbor has grown over the past 10 years bringing new companies and steady jobs to our community. We look forward to applying our business model of utilizing our public infrastructure to attract private investment to create jobs and opportunities for Grays Harbor to this site. Completing the East Terminal 4 Cargo Yard Plan is a critical step in putting this site back into economic use for the community.”

Founded in 1911, the Port of Grays Harbor is one of Washington State’s oldest port districts and Washington’s only deep-water port located directly on the Pacific Ocean. Strategically located midway between Seattle and Portland and less than two hours from the open sea, the Port of Grays Harbor provides businesses a diverse portfolio of facilities.