New business announcements this month include TransAlta’s partnership with Skookumchuck Wind Energy, a large wind turbine project. Our entrepreneurship programs continue with workshops that serve startups and small business. The Port of Chehalis moves closer to construction on a new 20,000 square foot building to serve market demand.


Smart Tank

Our most recent Smart Tank workshop held at Centralia College was a success. We had the opportunity to host a number of entrepreneurs during this year’s program. Attendees learned how to connect their story to customers and investors and how to share it with the world. Kiersten and Scott Hathcock, from the Northern Arizona Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology (NACET), spent one-on-one time with each Smart Tank Participant from our 2019 Smart tank event.

Programs to assist startups will continue throughout 2019. During the balance of the year we will be hosting workshops and networking events geared towards our entrepreneurs.


TransAlta News

Over the past 19 years TransAlta has had an opportunity to become a part of the local community and develop important relationships with each of your agencies. You’ve stepped up time after time to support our operations in Centralia and for that we are appreciative. Today, rather than asking for your help we want to share some good news with you.

As part of TransAlta’s commitment to clean energy transition, we are excited to announce that the company signed an agreement to purchase a 49% interest in the Skookumchuck Wind facility. Building on TransAlta’s clean energy portfolio in North America and Washington state, the Skookumchuck facility will begin commercial operation expected for December 2019. The 136.8 MW wind facility is located near the TransAlta Centralia generating facility and has a 20-year power purchase agreement with an investment grade counterparty.

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“This investment aligns with Centralia’s Coal Transition plan to transition to clean energy, growing the company’s portfolio of renewable generation of wind,” said Bob Nelson, President, TransAlta USA. “With this investment we have an opportunity to continue to support Washington’s clean energy path while providing affordable and reliable power to families across the state.”

As this new project develops we will continue with business as usual at our Centralia facility.



Port of Chehalis

The Port of Chehalis is preparing to begin construction on a new 20,000 square-foot industrial building next month, located at 105 McBride Court in the Chehalis Industrial Park. It will be completed before the end of the year, and is the first new building constructed by the port in 20 years. The port received valuable assistance on this project from Lewis County and TransAlta, with project financing courtesy of security State Bank.

This building will be divided into multiple spaces, each serving a different small business tenant. Manufacturers, distributors, service businesses, and food or brewery businesses are all welcome. Since 2016, all port facilities have been fully leased and the port has been unable to accommodate any new tenants. This brand new space will be the newest and most modern industrial space available in Lewis County, and there has already been considerable interest from potential tenants. If you or someone you know is interested in leasing space in this facility, please contact the Port of Chehalis ASAP.



General Membership Luncheon

Lewis EDC General Membership luncheon will be held June 20th, 2019 at the Holiday Inn Express in Chehalis. If you would like more information please call or email