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Pasha Automotive Services is January Business of the Month

Greater Grays Harbor Inc.

Greater Grays Harbor, Inc. has announced that Pasha Automotive Services is their Business of the Month for January.

The shipping business has been in Grays Harbor for five years, and a member for that whole time.

In the last year, Pasha has supported United Way, local schools, Foodball, youth sports, YMCA of Grays Harbor, Scouts, Morningside, Cosmopolis fire fighters, Coastal Harvest, Christmas for Kids and many other non-profits.

Employees of Pasha take part in Rotary and Elks.

“Pasha has been a great business to have on the Harbor, it not only gives back but it hires local people and is growing,” said Georgia Bravos, Vice Chair of the ambassadors.

When asked why Greater Grays Harbor was important to Pasha, general manager Matt Raasch said, “GGHI has helped us network with local companies when we are needing help with finding vendors for projects within our business.”

The Business of the Month is based on excellence in image, employee relations, community service, support of Greater Grays Harbor, Inc. and customer service. Only 12 awards are made each year and chosen from about 500 members.

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Greater Grays Harbor Inc. Annual Legislative Sendoff – good food with good people

Representative Steve Tharinger (D-Dungeness) speaks to business leaders in Aberdeen.
Business leaders throughout Grays Harbor had lunch with state legislators at the annual Legislative Send-Off luncheon held in Aberdeen yesterday by Greater Grays Harbor, Inc.  VP of Operations at Imperium Renewables John Gillespie said things are looking up at the Port. “We’re excited about our future at Grays Harbor, with organizations like Greater Grays Harbor [Inc.] who can foster continued growth by attracting business, and providing a conduit to policy makers – basically this event is an example of that. 
His company has expanded to 39 employees in the 5 years there, investing over 2 million in capitol improvements in the past year.
As they head to Olympia to convene for the state’s regular session that begins on January 13, State Senator Jim Hargrove noted recent strides in cost cutting. “Over the last 5 years, through the great recession we have resized government. We have cut 12 billion dollars out of carry-forward government in this state. Like we eliminated the General Assistance Unemployment Cash Program, that’s probably why you see so many people pan handling out here because there’s no cash available for some of those people that are unemployable. We’ve cut the TANF or the welfare program -the grants, and put a hard 5 year time limit on it, so that’s definitely affecting people, budget savings.
Hargrove also said they’ll be discussing ways to keep businesses in Washington, noting the recent Boeing contract extension with Machinists in Washington.
Representative Steve Tharinger (D-Dungeness) speaks to business leaders in Aberdeen.

Representative Steve Tharinger (D-Dungeness) speaks to business leaders in Aberdeen.

Larry Kahl introduced guest speaker John Gillespie, VP of Operations at Imperium Renewables


Former House Speaker Lynn Kessler emceed the event
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Study says crude by rail would bring hundreds of jobs, millions of dollars

The expansions will be a boon to neighborhoods and local businesses, with operational employment projected at 303 direct and indirect jobs. According to the report, the terminal, rail and marine jobs created through these projects will pay significantly above the Grays Harbor County average. Construction at the port will also require the hiring of 231 workers.

“Since 2008, we’ve taken pride in providing family-wage jobs to the Grays Harbor community. With this expansion, Westway can grow our operations and strengthen our commitment to the safety of our employees and our neighbors,” said Gene McClain, CEO of Westway Terminal Company LLC. “We’re happy to see our dedication to Grays Harbor reflected in the economic impact statement.”

In addition, infrastructure improvements will enable the port to handle increased exports for international markets and better handling of domestic energy supplies.The projects are currently in the permitting stage and are expected to be completed in 2016.

Economic Impact Analysis of Bulk Liquid at Port of Grays Harbor

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Greater Grays Harbor Inc. hosts 122nd annual Leaders Banquet and Business Recognition Awards

ABERDEEN, Wash. – Greater Grays Harbor, Inc. will hold its 122nd annual Leaders Banquet and Business Recognition Awards at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11 at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino. This dinner and awards presentation recognizes success and excellence in the Harbor’s business community, and this year’s theme is “Grays Harbor Business: Hidden Treasure. ”

This year they are honoring Rich Hartman’s Five Star Dealerships as the winner in the Large Business category; the finalist is Levee Lumber. In the Small Business category, Sandy Dunsire, Dunsire Printers is the winner; the finalist is Techline. Wishkah River Distillery is their winner in the New Business category, and Flowers by Pollen is the finalist. And for their Non-Profit category, the winner is Grays Harbor College, Ranked 15th highest-rated community college in the country, and the finalist is Coastal Harvest.

The Leaders Banquet will begin with the Pre-Party at 6 p.m. and dinner and the program will start at 7 p.m on Friday, Oct. 141 at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino. Tickets are $45 per person.

For more information, or to reserve a seat or table, call 532-1924 or email.

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City of Aberdeen is September Organization of the Month

“The City has worked hard to improve the community, and we appreciate all they do,” said Darryl Johnson, ambassador.

When asked why Greater Grays Harbor was important Mayor Bill Simpson said, “Transformation begins with a community’s existing assets and opportunities to participate in the regional economy.”

The Business of the Month is based on excellence in image, employee relations, community service, support of Greater Grays Harbor, Inc. and customer service. Only 12 awards are made each year and chosen from about 500 members.

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Greater Grays Harbor Energy program continued

The grant that funds the program will pay up to $750 toward recommended energy efficiency upgrades in this latest cycle. Additional rebates are available from the Grays Harbor PUD and Cascade Natural Gas.

Homeowners interested in being part of this program, and local contractors interested in becoming approved to do the energy upgrades, should contact Rick Jackson, Greater Grays Harbor Energy Specialist, at 532-7888.

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Callie White Greater Grays Harbor Inc.

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