During the past five years, the Port of Bremerton has experienced historic economic and job growth. We have increased the number of companies working at the Port from 30 to 65 and have increased the number of Port-related jobs from 1,000 in 2015 to 2,466 today. Our airplane hangars are full and we are in the process of building new general aviation and private jet hangers. Both our Port Orchard and Bremerton Marinas are fully leased out with a waiting list. The companies operating out of the Port of Bremerton are generating over $455 million in sales and $137 million in labor income.
Indications are the economic and job growth at the Port of Bremerton will continue into the future. The firm of Rice Fergus Miller just completed a new 20-year master plan for the Olympic View Industrial and Business Park that will provide us with a vision for the development of our undeveloped land. We also have a master plan for the continued development of the Bremerton National Airport, and we will upgrade our Port Orchard Marina by building a new 15 million dollar breakwater.
So what will be the Port of Bremerton’s role in our community's future? I believe we will have a significant impact on our community in the following areas:
1. Growing the economy and creating good-paying jobs.
Even during the Covid pandemic, we experienced growth in all our three areas of our business and all indications are this growth will continue. Our belief is we will attract new companies and additional jobs to our community in the next five years. This growth will support a robust housing market as our population grows in the future.
2. Planning for improved transportation needs.
With the addition of Amazon and other new companies in the Port area, it is imperative that we address the Gorst and Belfair corridor traffic issues. Both commissioners Axel Strakeljahn and Gary Anderson are a part of the leadership team of the Gorst Coalition which is trying to raise the funding needed to address this traffic challenge. The Port of Bremerton has committed $20,000 to the early planning process.
3. Providing Recreational Opportunities.
Boating has seen a big surge in growth in the last two years. The Port provides over 900 slips in our two marinas for Kitsap area boaters. Other recreational activities that will be provided on Port property will be the planned auto race track which is being built by Circuit of the Northwest on 250 acres of Port property and, as part of that same plan, the Central State Theatre will be building a brand new theatre on Port property.
4. Improving our airport facilities.
Currently, over 200 general aviation and private jet aircraft operate out of Bremerton National Airport. We believe the Port will continue to upgrade our facilities at the airport including adding next year a new multipurpose facility which will include a new restaurant.
5. Supporting Public Safety
There is currently a plan being developed to build a new training facility for use by the sheriff’s department, local police departments, and Kitsap Transit on Port property.
It appears in the future the Port of Bremerton will play a significant role in helping to provide a high quality of life for the citizens of our community.
Port of Bremerton