Satsop PDA Votes to Pursue Merger With Port
The Grays Harbor Public Development Authority was created by the county in 1999 to take over the site where the Washington Public Power Supply System had abandoned its nuclear power project in 1983. It is a seven-member board made up of four private-sector members as well as a county commissioner, a PUD commissioner and a Port commissioner.
If the board so chooses, the process to dissolve itself is a complicated one that will take time, said Art Blauvelt, who is the legal counsel for the PDA board as well as for the Port. Because of the way the Public Development Authority was formed, if it decides to transfer its rights, assets and responsibilities to another entity, it must “tender” or offer itself first to Grays Harbor County. Only if the county declines to accept the transfer of rights, assets and responsibilities of the PDA could the PDA offer itself to the Port of Grays Harbor, he explained.
“But the motion that was passed today simply directs staff to come up with various options for the PDA’s future,” he clarified.
Satsop Business Park is a 1,700-acre mixed-use business and technology park located in scenic Grays Harbor County in Southwest Washington just 30 minutes from Olympia and the I-5 corridor. It is home to more than 30 businesses, offers 440 acres of developed, pad-ready land and buildings supported by super-sized infrastructure and surrounded by 1,200 acres of sustainable managed forestland.
The Park is managed by the Grays Harbor Public Development Authority, a public corporation whose mission is to create new jobs and investment for the region. More information on Satsop Business Park can be found at www.Satsop.com.