Port Talk: The Progressive and Productive Port of Toledo is the topic of a virtual presentation set for noon on Thursday, April 22. The program is sponsored by Oregon RAIN (Regional Accelerator & Innovation Network).

Those taking part in this virtual presentation will hear firsthand how the Port of Toledo has grown to become an important economic driver for the Oregon coast maritime industry. They will also learn about Hatfield Marine Science Center iLab’s partnership with Oregon RAIN to grow Oregon’s Blue Economy and participate in discussions about how to solve current challenges among Oregon’s ports.

To join this presentation, register online at https://tinyurl.com/2p9ahh97

The speakers will be Bud Shoemake and Lorna Davis. It will be facilitated by Laura Furgurson, RAIN’s Blue Economy innovation catalyst

Shoemake was with the Port of Toledo for just over 16 years. He is a visionary and the port had an impressive growth history during his tenure. As the new port manager, Davis took over where Shoemake left off, to chart the course for the port’s future.

The Port of Toledo went from three employees to 36 with the acquisition of its boatyard, and it is a significant economic contributor to Toledo, the port district and Lincoln County. Outside the port’s staff, it has more than 37 trade businesses that provide services to boat owners that bring their boats for maintenance, repair and reconstruction to the port’s yard.

The Port of Toledo also owns and maintains a public boat launch and park, a paddle park, marina and their crown jewel, Waterfront Park.

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