Please join us for our continuing lecture series exploring topics about how ports work, how commodities move into and out of our community, and the importance of our Columbia River system.

Our next program will start with the CEOs of all three Clark County ports, sharing what makes each port unique and how the ports work together for the betterment of our region. Later, we’ll focus on the hardworking Longshore men and women who keep cargo moving on river, road and rail.

Three Great Ports, One Great Region – Meet leaders from the ports of Vancouver, Camas-Washougal and Ridgefield


  • Port of Vancouver USA CEO Julianna Marler and Chief External Affairs Officer Ryan Hart
  • Port of Camas-Washougal Executive Director David Ripp
  • Port of Ridgefield CEO Brent Grening and VP of Innovation Nelson Holmberg

When:  Thursday, April 27, 6:30-8 p.m.
Where:  Terminal 1 large conference room, 100 Columbia Street, Vancouver (former Red Lion Hotel)

Come hear from the leaders of Clark County’s three public ports about what’s unique about their operations and how their ports help bring jobs and economic prosperity to our region. They’ll share updates on interesting projects, including the Washougal Waterfront Vison and Master Plan; the Port of Ridgefield’s Discovery Corridor and development of dark fiber infrastructure; and the Port of Vancouver’s Terminal 1 waterfront redevelopment. You’ll also hear how our three local ports partner together for greater impact, taking a regional approach to marketing and joining together to present regional priorities in transportation, economic development and other critical issues to state and federal legislators.

Marine Operations 101 – Meet ILWU Local #4

Who:     Members of International Longshore Workers Union Local #4: Cager Clabaugh,
               Dane Jones, Cahri Citron, Amber Nelson and Troy Olson.
When:   Tuesday, May 2, 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Terminal 1 large conference room, 100 Columbia Street, Vancouver (former Red Lion Hotel)

We’ll start with a short overview of the types of marine cargo that come and go from the Port of Vancouver. Then you’ll meet members of the International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU) Local #4 and learn about their history and the work they do at the port. They’ll show photos of the varied and interesting cargo they handle and the impressive machines they operate, from forklifts to mobile harbor cranes that can lift up to 140 metric tons. Local #4 speakers will describe how wheat, corn and soybeans are unloaded from rail cars, stored and loaded into ocean-going vessels for transit to Pacific Rim countries. We’ll also take a look at other interesting commodities they handle.  ILWU Local #4 has been operating at the Port of Vancouver since 1937, and this is a unique opportunity to learn about the important work performed by these men and women in our community and across U.S. West Coast ports.

Space is limited, register now!

Space at each lecture is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, call 360-693-3611 or email Questions? Please contact Julie Rawls at 360-992-1137 or