McKeown Resigns From Board

Oregon International Port of Coos Bay Commissioner Caddy McKeown has announced her resignation from the Board of Commissioners effective Friday, January 11th. Commissioner McKeown has served as vice president of the Board since January 2004 and is leaving to assume duties as a member of the Oregon House of Representatives for District 9 effective January 14th.

During the past nine years, Commissioner McKeown has advocated for proposals to revitalize maritime commerce in the Coos Bay harbor and projects to reinvigorate the southwest Oregon economy and the regional multi-modal transportation system.

“Caddy McKeown has put tremendous energy into advocating for port developments and transportation projects to reverse decades of economic hardship,” said Port Commission President David Kronsteiner. “She set a high standard for objective deliberation and helped solidify the port’s role as a catalyst for economic improvement in this region and throughout Oregon. We wish her the best in continuing these efforts in the Oregon State Legislature.”

Commissioner McKeown joined fellow commissioners and regional partners in negotiating for the right to acquire the embargoed Coos Bay rail line, resulting in the successful restoration of freight rail service for regional manufacturers to national and global markets. In addition, she guided the port in moving forward with the Oregon Gateway Marine Terminal Complex, the cornerstone for expansion into diversified maritime commerce.

“The Coos Bay harbor is a valuable asset that should be fully utilized to benefit southwest Oregon and the state, and the cargo opportunities the port is pursuing have the potential to do exactly that for the long term,” McKeown said. “I look forward to expanding my role as an advocate for greater prosperity in the region.”

This entry was posted on Friday, January 11th, 2013 and is filed under Local News, State News.