From left to right: Government Affairs Director of the Montana Chamber, Glenn Oppel; Congressman Ryan Zinke; Vice President of the Montana Farm Bureau, Hans McPherson
A delegation from Montana, led by Congressman Ryan Zinke, toured the GPT site on Cherry Point this week and enthusiastically expressed their support.
"The economic significance of this infrastructure project to the Crow Tribe and all of Montana cannot be overstated," Zinke said. "This terminal will serve as major economic driver, particularly for The Crow Nation whose coal reserves are highly valuable in the Pacific Rim, and provide a new gateway and much needed capacity for Montana exports to reach the Asian market."
From left to right: Northwest Jobs Alliance Chair, John Huntley; Government Affairs Director of the Montana Chamber, Glenn Oppel; Congressman Ryan Zinke; Northwest Jobs Alliance President, Brad Owens
GPT also is important for Montana wheat growers.
"Montana's natural resource-based economy relies greatly on the ability to get our agricultural goods to market," said Hans McPherson, Vice President of the Montana Farm Bureau. "In fact, last year Montana exports totaled more than $1.5 billion in goods. That's a huge force for our state."
Of course, GPT would also have a huge economic impact in Northwest Washington. The multi-commodity export facility will generate 1,250 permanent jobs at full operation and generate nearly $140 million of economic activity annually in Northwest Washington.
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The Gateway Pacific Terminal will be a modern cargo-handling facility to expand America's exports of dry bulk commodities. Proposed by Washington-based SSA Marine, the terminal will meet our state's stringent environmental standards. During 2 years of construction it will generate over 4,400 jobs in the region's economy. At full capacity it will generate over 1,250 permanent jobs. SSA Marine was founded as Bellingham Stevedoring Company in 1949 and has been a part of our community for decades.