WALDEN TO VISIT UMATILLA COUNTY SEPTEMBER 9
Congressman will visit Port of Umatilla, meet with local leaders
September 6, 2005 - WASHINGTON, DC -
During a visit to Umatilla County this Friday, September 9, U.S. Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) will visit the Port of Umatilla to see their new crane, get an update on economic development activities and meet with local officials about current operations. The 10:15-11:30 a.m. meeting will begin at the Port of Umatilla’s board room; following a briefing, the group will walk to the container crane, where Walden will get a firsthand demonstration.
“The Columbia River ports are an extremely valuable component to Oregon’s economy, and the Port of Umatilla plays a vital role in trade and commerce throughout northeast Oregon,” said Walden. “Investments in the infrastructure of our maritime system are key to their sustainability and future economic development. I am looking forward to getting a firsthand look at the crane and the container yard.”
The new crane at the Port of Umatilla’s intermodal facility, which will enhance the Port’s ability to load container ships and ground transportation, was purchased in-part using a $3.8 million federal investment secured by Walden and Oregon Senators Gordon Smith and Ron Wyden in the fiscal year 2003 appropriations legislation.
Congressman Walden represents the Second Congressional District of Oregon, which includes 20 counties in southern, central and eastern Oregon. He is a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce as well as the Committee on Resources.