STATE SENATOR, DISTRICT
August 3, 2009
CONTACT: Molly Woon (503) 367- 4327
Verger praises NOAA’s selection
of Newport, Ore.
as home of the agency’s Marine
in the Pacific
COOS BAY, Ore.— Senator Joanne Verger
(D-District 5), representing the Oregon coast from Lincoln City to Coos Bay,
praised the selection today of the Port of Newport as the newest home of the
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association’s Marine Operations Center
in the Pacific.
“This is monumental news for our coast and for our state,”
said Verger. “Newport makes perfect sense
as the home for these vessels considering the important research already
happening in this community – specifically at the OSU Hatfield
Today’s news will make Newport one of nine ports in the Pacific
and Atlantic that NOAA’s ships call home, four of which will be
specifically tied to Newport. During the recently completed 2009 Legislative
Session, lawmakers approved approximately $20 million in bonding authority for
infrastructure improvements in Newport
to accommodate the port’s bid to harbor NOAA vessels.
“Much of the success of our coastal communities is a product of
close collaboration and putting our best foot forward,” said Verger.
“NOAA’s selection of Newport
is a prime example of that teamwork. The jobs, research, and development that
this project brings will be a boost to both Oregon’s coastal economy and our reputation
as a leader in marine research.”
The relocation to Newport
is expected to happen in 2011 pending approval of a 20-year lease. NOAA states
its mission as, “To understand and predict changes in Earth’s
environment and conserve and manage coastal and marine resources to meet our
Nation’s economic, social, and environmental needs.”