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  • Lynden Mayor Scott Korthuis
  • Sumas Mayor Bob Bromley
  • Nooksack Mayor Jim Ackerman
  • Everson Mayor John Perry
  • Ferndale Mayor Gary Jensen
  • The City of Ferndale
  • Bellingham Technical College President, Patricia McKeown
  • State Senator Doug Ericksen
  • State Representative Vincent Buys
  • State Representative Jason Overstreet
  • Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Trainmen, Washington State Legislative Board
  • Northwest Jobs Alliance
  • Northwest Washington Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Northwest Washington Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO
  • International Longshore Warehouse Union, Puget Sound District Council
  • Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
  • Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO
  • Maritime Trades Department, AFL-CIO
  • Puget Sound Pilots Association
  • Bellingham-Whatcom Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Whatcom County Republicans
  • Washington Realtors
  • Alliance for Northwest Jobs and Exports
  • Citizens for a Working Whatcom County
  • 58 members of Congress
  • Pierce County Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO

Project Overview

The Gateway Pacific Terminal is a planned multi-commodity export facility that will create 1,250 permanent family wage jobs* at full operations and generate nearly $140 million of economic activity annually in Northwest Washington. The terminal will achieve high environmental standards and will advance the balance of trade using American products to create American jobs. Learn More!

*includes direct, indirect and induced jobs

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As America emerges from the recession, job creation is at a premium. International trade presents perhaps the greatest potential for economic growth, particularly in Washington State, where 40% of all jobs are linked to trade.

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Because Asian markets are growing so strongly, they present a prime opportunity for Northwest exporters, but the United States has limited capacity to export dry bulk goods from the West Coast competitively. The Gateway Pacific Terminal, and its link to the BNSF rail system, will help fill that void, providing farmers and resource managers in the Northwest and across the upper Midwest with an efficient new export portal.

The economic situation in Northwest Washington is particularly acute. Whatcom County continues to lose ground to the rest of Washington State. Personal income and hourly wage are falling farther behind the state averages. Unemployment is high, and in particular, the county is losing its industrial jobs, as 1,400 jobs have vanished since 2007, when the Georgia-Pacific mill – the last large factory in Bellingham – closed after 150 years. That mill was part of an industrial complex that once employed 1,200 people.

The Gateway Pacific Terminal will help address these challenges. Gateway will provide new export opportunities across the nation, provide much-needed family wage jobs and millions of dollars in new tax revenues for vital local and state services, and help Northwest Washington rebuild a strong economic foundation.

 

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