April 26, 2016
Meeting was called to order at 7:32am. Patrick Downie led the flag salute. Guests were Patrick Downie, Ron Goldhammer, Lucy and Steve Nordwell, Doc Robinson and Don Darling.
New member presentation: Randy Foster, Port of Angeles Jewelry, receive his membership certificate.
Connie moved and Kaj seconded approval of the minutes. Motion carried.
Don Perry said Port Angeles came in 8th in the Underground Tour contest. Patrick Downie thanked Don for his tours for the cruise ships and said he had heard good things about Don’s tours.
Edna praised students who participated in a mock debate at the City Council meeting. Students thanked PABA for the $350 to help send them to the Youth and Government week in Olympia.
Cherie advertised the new bumper sticker and pin that say, “I love beautiful Port Angeles”. She said that she has some and that they are also for sale in local stores.
Kaj raised concern about a newspaper article suggesting $20 an hour as a minimum wage.
Nathan thanked those that attended Comprehensive Plan sessions and said several neighborhood meetings are planned. One will be at Stevens Middle School on May 9, and the other at Franklin Elementary on May 10. Meetings will be held from 6-8pm.
Kaj spoke about problems with the possible expansion of the Marine Life Center if it goes toward the Red Lion Inn and takes up most of the 33 parking spots. He asked why have an expansion if no one can park near the center. There are also problems with moorage, shallow water and use of the pier. Edna reminded us that area is part of the City Park system.
Kaj praised Marc and the Chamber for working on financial reporting and on ways to get rid of the $38,000 debt.
Edna said after hours would be on Thursday @ 5pm, at Ruddell’s.
John reminded members that Starbucks, Howard Behar would be talking at Vern Burton on Friday, May 14, from 10am – noon.
West End Business Association update indicates that the Park is revising its plan for the Highway 101 work. It is now scheduled to take three years and should include alternate lane closures and night work.
In introducing the speaker, Bob Larsen, John read a letter from Senator Cantwell, backing the plans for the Composite Center.
Mr. Larsen, in his first public presentation, said the Center would be a non-shareholder, non-profit concern.
He pointed out seven objectives the Center has to offer the County:
- Economic Development
- Environmental Responsibility
- Creativing and Innovation
- Collaboration and Teamwork
- Attract new companies
- Passion for excellence
- Financial responsibility and sustainability
He declared that it will be part of a new Industrial Revolution:
- Showing the world economy it is in the midst of massive change
- We need to respond to urgent restraints while providing growth and jobs
- Port Angeles can be the world leader in technology
- CRTC embraces: the bottom line with its economic development, environmental massive energy and carbon savings. (For example, one pound of carbon fiber can save 80kw of energy), educational sharing with WSU and Peninsula College (they will be training 30 people each year). Community investment and improvement of life for all. (Each employee will receive a $500 voucher to use to donate to a non-profit of their choice.)
Carbon fiber science is emerging through the private, social, public and a fourth sector. Carbon fiber, a manmade product, is five times stronger than steel, yet is 75% lighter.
Mr. Larsen said CRTC chose Port Angeles because of the availability of Port property, monies from the Department of Commerce, EDC, Clallam County and Washington State Clean Energy Funds.
Three phases of development are planned:
- Start Up: 2016 – 2017.
- Expansion: 2018 – 2019.
- Growth: 2020+
Personnel at this time include President Dave Walker (Dupont), Ray Grove (Boeing), and Mr. Larsen.
Don moved and Kaj seconded to extend the meeting by 15 minutes. Motion carried.
Q & A Period
Business Plan, Tensile strength, selling process, transportation costs (only 5 – 6 semi-trucks would be coming in each month), dream customer. Products now list numbers over 200 items. Products to market such as UPS, and private sector involvement.
May 3rd Speaker – State Representative, Steve Tharinger
Meeting adjourned at 8:47am.