Depth of support for industry clusters questionableMay 25th, 2011 by Rachel Pritchett
At Tuesday night’s meeting of the Port of Bremerton
commissioners, there was a hint that there may not be much support
for Bill Mahan’s idea to promote and build a marine “industry
cluster” to keep tenant Safe Boats International here in Kitsap
short-term and to create a bigger and more diversified workforce
Commissioner Roger Zabinski proposed the port spend neither staff time nor any money on investigating the concept and Commissioner Larry Stokes quickly seconded Zabinski.
“I don’t get it,” Mahan countered, adding the port has spent any staff time or money on the idea.
“The project involves $200,000,” Zabinski said, if a consultant were hired to help go forward with the project.
Mahan reminded Zabinski that the cost would be shared with other entities, if it even got that far.
Why do we want to preempt this project right now,” he asked Zabinski.
Stokes, apparently convinced Mahan’s argument had more merit, withdrew his second and ordered that the subject of industry clusters be discussed at an upcoming study session.
Rachel Pritchett, reporter