The Harbor Insider 
March 2017 
Greater Grays Harbor, Inc. News
Congratulations to Vertellus Performance Chemicals LLC
Vertellus Performance Chemicals LLC, formerly known as Ventron, has been providing jobs in Grays Harbor since 1975.  
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New Social Media Workshop
Greater Grays Harbor is proud to present Ready, Set, Go with Social Media - a daylong social media workshop covering the changes in social media and advanced features of Facebook. Read more » 
7 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Business Over Your Lunch Hour
Major overhauls of a business take time, buy-in, and frankly, they can be a little frightening. Not so of these mini tweaks.  Read more »
Member News
Dry Bulk exports hit new record; help PGH finish strong in 2016
The Port of Grays Harbor reports a strong year, even with a strong U.S. dollar affecting trade in 2016.   Read more »  
Burgeoning local music scene finds home in "The Alley"
Local singer/songwriter/music promoter Wil Russoul sat behind a small wooden checkerboard, arranging the pieces into a representation of Aberdeen's growing downtown music scene.   Read more »
Express Employment Professionals Hosts National Leadership Event
Express Employment Professionals of Aberdeen is hosting the 2017 Refresh Leadership Live Simulcast, a nationwide leadership event featuring best-selling author Patrick Lencioni, two-time Super Bowl champion coach Jimmy Johnson and world champion adventure racer Robyn Benincasa.  
REG biomass-based diesel sales top 2 billion gallons
Less than three years after marking its first billion gallons of cumulative biomass-based diesel sales, Renewable Energy Group Inc. announced that the company has sold more than 2 billion gallons cumulatively of biomass-based diesel.   
Chocolate festival expands its reach of sweetness
The 10th annual Chocolate on the Beach Festival opened its longest run ever in February with several new events and the traditional "10 miles of decadence."   Read more »  
PAWS of Grays Harbor to show off renovations
PAWS grand reopening shows progress of its ongoing remodel of the facility, informs residents about what the shelter does, and expands interest in the group by soliciting donations and adding volunteers.     Read more »  
Westport Winery Wins Best of Class At West Coast Competition
Westport Winery earned the Best of Class award for their 2014 vintage of Mermaid's Merlot at the West Coast Wine Competition held in Windsor, California.   Read more »
The YMCA of Grays Harbor Names Franzine Potts as new CEO
The YMCA of Grays Harbor named Franzine Potts as its new Chief Executive Officer.   Read more »
Green Diamond again offering scholarships
Green Diamond will be awarding 10, $3,000 scholarships.   Read more »
Community and Business News
Taylor Shellfish Farms announces purchase of Willapa Bay oyster company
The Ekone Oyster Company at Bay Center on Willapa Bay has been purchased by Taylor Shellfish Farms, according to a statement released by Taylor on Friday. 
Arby's Construction Set For April 10 In Aberdeen
Construction is scheduled to start on the Aberdeen Arby's location on April 10.  Read more » 
South Beach robotics squad advances to super regionals
Ont Saturday, Feb. 4, the South Beach robotics team - Fishy Business Inc. - qualified for the FIRST Technology Challenge West Super Regional Championship set for March 9-12.    Read more »  
Fans, families pay tribute to Kurt Cobain at 50th birthday celebration
Celebrating the birth of the local man who became the voice of Generation X while fronting his band Nirvana, the Aberdeen Museum of History invited the public to view a display featuring Cobain, local artwork in his honor, and a huge plywood birthday card for all to sign Saturday.   Read more »  
Legislation to promote Washington tourism heard in Olympia
A bill creating a Washington Tourism Marketing Authority would be established by legislation heard Thursday in the Senate Agriculture, Water, Trade & Economic Development Committee.   Read more »
New transfer station may put brakes on Highway 12 traffic
Rising seas aren't the only threat to coastlines
study published this week by the United States Geological Survey shows that erosion will make the West Coast - where the effects of sea-level rise have been relatively minimal so far - even more vulnerable as climate change increasingly spurs powerful El Niño storms to batter shores.  
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