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Friday, January 30, 2015 - 10:00am

Northwest Innovation Works signs lease with Port of Kalama for corporate offices

With momentum building on permitting and construction of the company’s Kalama methanol manufacturing plant, Northwest Innovation Works moves its corporate headquarters to the Port of Kalama

Kalama, WA (January 29, 2015)—Northwest Innovation Works this week signed a lease agreement for approximately 6,000 square feet of office space at the Port of Kalama. The company will lease the building that formerly housed the Port of Kalama administrative offices at 380 W. Marine Drive, Kalama. The three-year lease agreement becomes effective on February 1, 2015.

The Port of Kalama commission voted in April 2014 to approve a lease agreement with NW Innovation Works to build and operate a manufacturing plant on port property that would produce methanol from natural gas after receiving environmental and regulatory approvals. The company now moves its corporate offices to Kalama next month.

“The initial lease with Northwest Innovation Works last spring for the methanol plant was a landmark opportunity for the Port, and we are equally delighted that the executive team has chosen to move their headquarters to Kalama,” said Port of Kalama commission president Randy Sweet.

“Kalama’s central location will provide a good platform for us to manage permitting and construction for all of our proposed facilities in Washington and Oregon,” said Murray “Vee” Godley, president of Northwest Innovation Works. “We are very pleased to become even more a part of the Kalama community.”

The methanol produced at NWIW facilities will be exported to global markets, including China, where it will be used to make olefin, a compound used in the production of many every day products. Additional information about NW Innovation Works can be found at

Thursday, January 22, 2015 - 12:15am

CEDC is partnering with other local agencies to bring Business After School to the local area. The program helps youth and young adults ages 15 to 21 in Cowlitz, Clark and Wahkiakum counties learn about and explore high-growth industries in our community and gather information about career opportunities and skill they will need to get jobs.
Four times per year, an industry will be highlighted. Business After School launches February 16 to 18, 2015 with Engineering Week. Subsequent weeks of focus will be Healthcare in May, Manufacturing in October and Computer Science in December. 
For Engineering Week, engineering firms and companies that employ large numbers of engineers will host a two-hour event for young adults at their location from 3 to 5 p.m., 4 to 6 p.m. or 5 to 7 p.m., providing company tours, hands-on activities and discussions about education, training, skills, job prospects and so forth.
The goal is to expose young people to career opportunities, industries and jobs they might not know exist and to help curtail projected labor shortfalls in many industries.
Engineering Week is open to youth and young adults interested in learning about careers in engineering. There is no cost to attend, however registrations will be required and space will be limited. Sign-ups will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, starting at the end of January. All youth under age 18 must be accompanied by and adult, with a maximum 10 students to one chaperone. Participants must arrange their own transportation. This is a great opportunity to help spark career interest in a young person. 
Business After School partners include: Southwest Washington Workforce Development Council, Cowlitz Economic Development Council, Columbia River Economic Development Council, Kelso Longview Chamber of Commerce, Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Washington State University Vancouver, Clark College and Lower Columbia College.

Become a Business Sponsor: Businesses wishing to participate may download an application at by clicking the “Business After School” link in the left column. 
Sponsorships for this nonprofit event are available at the $250, $500 or $2500 levels.
For more information, contact Chelsea Cunn, Youth Initiatives Manger for SWWDC, at cchunn [at]


Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 9:30pm

The latest development in Cowlitz County opened its doors last night for a Grand Opening of the Regal Three Rivers Mall 12!  The theatre features 12 large screens with high back chairs, stadium seating with lots of leg room and tons of comfort.  The largest screen features the Regal Premium Experience with enhanced sound and viewing.  This theatre offers new entertainment for locals and visitors alike.  We are very happy to welcome this new facility to our commmunity!

Saturday, January 3, 2015 - 11:30pm

S.T.E.M. Discovery Club

Eight Wednesdays, beginning January 7

5:30 - 7:00 PM
2920 Douglas Street
Age:  9 - 13
$50.50 RD/$55.50 

Parents - Why STEM?
High quality, well-facilitated SCIENCE, TECHONOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATH activities encourage youth to be curious, ask questions, and make connections with the world around them; essential skills for success in life and in our global economy. STEM skills are needed for navigating the modern world and competing in the 21st century job market. Programs for youth in out-of-school time can be part of the solution and help ensure that our youth have the skills they need to successfully access available opportunities. 
Kids - Why STEM?
Because.... it's fun, duh!

Saturday, January 3, 2015 - 11:00pm

Regal Three Rivers Mall 12 will have its Grand Opening Charity Days on January 11-13 with all proceeds benefitting local charities. $3 tickets, $3 popcorn, $3 soft drinks