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Editor’s note: Today’s editorial was written by Longview City Councilors MaryAlice Wallis and Ken Botero. Editorial content from other publications and authors is provided to give readers a sampling of regional and national opinion and does not necessarily reflect positions endorsed by the Editorial Board of The Daily News.

Longview was proudly built on industry and remains an industry town. We respect our past and know that the advantages that drove the creation of Longview still serve as the foundation of our future. Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview is the next-step toward this future.

Business leaders like Robert A. Long and Victor Bell were visionaries. They realized Longview’s proximity to railroads and deep water ports were a huge competitive advantage for industry.

These advantages allowed them, and the Weyerhaeusers and Wollenburgs who followed, to build successful natural resource businesses that served customers around the globe, created family-wage jobs and built our community.

These legends of industry have been honored with their names on important buildings, but the most fitting tribute to these leaders would be to carry-on our industrial heritage.

The Millennium project is the right catalyst for future prosperity and growth in Longview. It balances economic growth and environmental protection by meeting all local state and federal environmental standards.

Millennium provided the opportunity to start to change things for the better. They have already spent $25 million to clean up the old Reynolds plant with plans for more work to come. They outlined a vision to bring jobs back to the site-a vision that we support. And over the last seven years they have shown their commitment to our community by preserving local jobs, supporting local charities, and committing to “buy local.”

Millennium is an excellent neighbor, and has been a great addition to Longview. Industrial Way where Millennium is located is the core of our community’s economic engine.

Other companies such as Weyerhaeuser, KapStone, Nippon, Solvay Chemicals, Cowlitz River Rigging, Woods Logging, Isaacsons and many others already call it home. It is set aside to support businesses like Millennium Bulk Terminals’ existing operations and its proposed expansion.

Thanks to Millennium and others we are on a growth curve right now. Millennium’s commitment to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to build a big new export terminal here is huge. Not only will this project provide hundreds of jobs in our community during construction and operation, but when the courts force bureaucrats to step out of the way and the actual

work begins to build the project, it will serve as the best proof that Longview is truly ready to welcome new businesses.

Millennium will have a measurable economic impact in Cowlitz County and Washington. The new terminal will bring over a thousand family-wage construction jobs, and create hundreds operating jobs that help people can pay their mortgages and create generational employment.

It will infuse millions in tax revenue for schools and services. The approved mitigation will expand wetlands that maintain the integrity of the environment. This economic development will support new small businesses such as restaurants, clothing stores, and equipment and supply companies, creating an exciting thriving community downtown.

Join us in supporting Millennium Bulk Terminals! With Millennium, Longview has a real opportunity to build a lasting legacy, and return to the thriving industrial city that would make our industrial forefathers proud.

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