Questions raised on Hayden Island plans

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Port of Portland's proposal to spend $130 million on new marine terminals on Hayden Island is raising questions about the economic impact of the plan.

“They say this will create thousands of jobs,” Viets says. “What they leave out is that the project won’t lead to any manufacturing or involve products that have anything to do with Portland.”

Although port officials say West Hayden Island could generate more than 1,000 new jobs, Viets is skeptical. Competing ports in Canada and the U.S. have deeper water, cheaper land and better labor relations. Viets adds that bulk commodities passing through Portland do little for the local economy.

Where does Viets get the information to draw these conclusions? The port’s own numbers.

Read more at Willamette Week.

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