Help Port of Vancouver Chart New Course 6/12


Gaiser Student Center at Clark College
1933 Fort Vancouver Way
United States

What does the future hold for one of the largest industrial ports on the Columbia River? The Tesoro oil-by-rail terminal project is off the table, and now the Port of Vancouver is updating its Strategic Plan. Join us in Vancouver on June 12, 2018, and encourage the Port to establish goals for climate action, community health, and public engagement.

Thousands of people across the Northwest helped defeat Tesoro’s proposal to build the nation’s largest oil-by-rail terminal at the Port of Vancouver. Now, the public can weigh-in on the Port of Vancouver’s future.

Here’s how to engage on the Port’s Strategic Plan to shape the Columbia River’s future:

  1. Attend the Port’s Strategic Plan Open House:
    Community Open House 1:  
    May 17, 2018, at 4:30-6:30 p.m. 
    Fort Vancouver Red Cross Building, at 605 Barnes St., Vancouver, WA

    Community Open House 2: 
    June 12, 2018, at 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Gaiser Student Center at Clark College, 1933 Fort Vancouver Way, Vancouver, WA.
  2. Read more about the Port’s Strategic Plan here.

Engage Now! Port of Vancouver’s Strategic Plan

For over five years, Columbia River communities wrestled with how a proposed oil-by-rail terminal would impact both the Port of Vancouver and its surrounding neighborhoods and rail communities. The proposal clashed with the Vancouver’s vision of its future and its hopes for the Port.

Now, the Port is updating its Strategic Plan, offering the community an important opportunity to prioritize investments for a sustainable, livable, and economically robust Port. The Port provides information about its Strategic Plan on its website.

The Port of Vancouver states its Vision and Mission as follows:

  • VISION: A premier port that is globally recognized and well capitalized with state-of-the-industry facilities, infrastructure and service providing accountable economic benefit. 
  • MISSION: To provide economic benefit to our community through leadership, stewardship and partnership in marine, industrial and waterfront development.
Vancouver strategic plan draft

The Port implements its vision and mission by establishing values, goals for the Port that are in line with those values, and tactics to implement its goals (see right).

In February 2018, the Port posed the following questions:

  • Did we capture all of our goal areas?
  • Through which lens should we cast our vision?
  • What goals do we want to establish?
  • Should we re-think our values?

We encourage you to weigh in with the Port on these questions, and to propose your own ideas for how the Port should shape its vision, values, and goals.

The Port of Vancouver needs to hear from people in Vancouver and other communities impacted by Port decisions.

To help you develop your ideas, a committee of local activists, workers, neighborhood leaders, and community health advocates put together this outline.