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Port Manager Awarded Training Scholarship

Dianne Sherwood's going back to school

Dianne Sherwood, executive director of the Port of Klickitat, will receive a $4,000 scholarship from the Washington Public Ports Association Educational Foundation for advanced management training.

Sherwood learned of the award during the WPPA's annual meeting Dec. 4-6 in Tacoma.

"I have high expectations this will make me a better, more effective leader for the Port of Klickitat and will give me the tools to assuredly take the Port into the next decade of planned growth," said Sherwood.

Sherwood, 49, has been executive director of the Port of Klickitat since July 1998.

"Although I have had previous experience in banking, planning and building, personnel and property management, the additional skills I will acquire will help our community," said Sherwood.

Sherwood, who lives in Underwood, said she plans on attending the Cascade Center at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington for a two-week session in July 2003. The program will be a chance to find creative, innovative approaches to meeting the challenges facing the public port district, she said.

"The goal of the foundation is to provide scholarships and advanced training to ports that can't otherwise afford them," said Pat Jones, WPPA executive director. "Dianne Sherwood -- like other small port leaders -- must manage an awesome range of projects and responsibilities in helping port commissioners create jobs and promote economic growth."

Sherwood is the second scholarship award winner for the Foundation. Last year, Pat Haley, executive director of the Port of Douglas County, received a scholarship that he used to attend a Cascade Center for Public Service program.

"The scholarship has allowed us to take giant steps forward in serving the citizens of Douglas County," Haley said. "It gave me the link between business entrepreneurship and public policy administration as well as new approaches to be as efficient and innovative as possible."

The Port of Klickitat was founded in 1945 and operates nearly 800 acres of industrial property in Bingen and Dallesport. Port tenants support more than 85 jobs in a county that has historically been among the highest in unemployment in the state.

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