Thurman named business development manager at Satsop

Just in advance of a merger with the Port of Grays Harbor, the Satsop Business Park has picked Hoquiam city planner Alissa Thurman as its new manager of business development.

Thurman will work with business park staff on business development and operations.

“Thurman’s experience with project implementation, including her proven ability to write and secure grant funding, will lend itself well to the diverse public and private partnerships that exist at the park,” Satsop CEO Tami Garrow said in a press release. “As a resident of Hoquiam, I have observed her strong customer service skills working with our local businesses and citizens, and I am confident she will be an excellent fit for the Satsop Business Park. I could not be more pleased.”

Thurman has worked for Hoquiam for more than five years, and holds a master’s degree in public administration from The Evergreen State College and a bachelor’s degree in planning and environmental policy from Western Washington University.

“We are excited to welcome Alissa to the team and are confident her experience, knowledge and work ethic will be a good fit for achieving the goals we are hoping to accomplish with the addition of Satsop to the Port’s lines of business,” Port Executive Director Gary Nelson said.

The Port plans to take over the Satsop Business Park by the first of the year and operate it much like a separate division of overall Port operations, similar to how the Port operates the Westport Marina.

The addition of Satsop Business Park increases the Port’s properties to more than 1,000 acres of industrial properties and an additional 1,300 acres of sustainably managed forestland. The Port of Grays Harbor operates four deepwater marine terminals, the Westport Marina, Bowerman Airport and numerous industrial and business parks throughout the region.

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