Port, city of Kalama receive community award

Now in its ninth year, the Smart Communities Awards recognize achievements by local leaders who promote smart growth planning and projects that contribute to quality of life in Washington state.

The annexation will make way for the Spencer Creek Business Park and a new recreational facility, Haydu Park, including the Kalama Fairgrounds. The multi-use business property is expected to boost the area’s economy and job opportunities while strengthening the city’s revenue base.

“These projects help create and sustain a thriving economic climate and strengthen our ability to lead in the global economy,” said Gov. Inslee in a press release. “Washington is a great state in which to live and do business thanks to these examples of leadership and innovation in community planning and development.”

The Spencer Creek Business Park will encompass about 70 acres and more than 500,000 square feet of space when built-out.