The Port of Kennewick will contribute $25,000 toward the city of West Richland's development of an industrial park where Shelby SuperCars plans to build a manufacturing facility.
Port commissioners voted Tuesday to provide the money that will be used to install infrastructure at the Belmont Job Center.
The contribution also will help the city meet a funding requirement to secure a $820,000 loan from the state Community Economic Revitalization Board.
Ruth Swain, West Richland's economic development director, said the CERB loan specifically is for acquiring four acres at the Belmont Job Center off Keene Road where Jerod Shelby plans to put in a 27,300-square-foot facility to build his exclusive line of Shelby SuperCars.
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Shelby's latest exotic automobile, the $1 million Tuatara, was made public late last year, just before West Richland revealed Shelby's plans to build a manufacturing plant in the city.
The port's $25,000, along with contributions from Benton County and the Hanford Area Economic Investment Fund Advisory Committee, will cover most of the $92,000 needed for the required matching funds, Swain said.
Terms of the agreement with the port require West Richland to pursue acquiring 34 acres for further economic development and industrial growth in the vicinity of the Belmont Job Center.
-- Commissioner David Hanson announced his resignation from the board as being effective March 31. "After 42 years of public service, I'll play a while," he said.
-- The commissioners learned that the fixed-based operator's contract at Vista Field with Shannon Aviation still was several weeks away from being completed.
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