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Troutdale Reynolds industrial park awarded for change into major regional employer.

COURTESY PHOTO: CITY OF TROUTDALE - EPA Region 10 Division Director Sheryl Bilbrey, center, presented the Howard Orlean award to Troutdale Mayor Casey Ryan, left, and City Manager Ray Young on Thursday, Jan. 11. The Troutdale-Reynolds Industrial Park has earned a prestigious award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The Howard Orlean Excellence in Site Re-Use Award highlights TRIP's transformation from a polluted derelict to a hub of industry on the banks of the Columbia and Sandy rivers in Troutdale.

"We strive to not just clean up these sites, but to bring in industries that are sustainable for the communities," said Region 10 Superfund Coordinator Kira Lynch. "These properties are being seen now as high value … and they're really ideal candidates for getting back on the market and being utilized."

Following the closure of the Reynolds Aluminum plant in 2000, the 700-acre brownfield site has been largely revitalized into a mix of protected wetlands and shovel-ready lots. Lynch says some problems linger in the area's groundwater.

A FedEx Ground sorting facility became the industrial park's first tenant in 2010. On the horizon, e-commerce giant Amazon.com says its shipping warehouse will employ at least 1,500 when the $178.4 million construction project wraps in summer 2018.

Recipients of the award — which included the Port of Portland, Alcoa Corp., the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the city of Troutdale, Multnomah County, FedEx, Amazon and Trammell Crow Company — gathered for the ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 11.

"I can't imagine what Troutdale would be like without (TRIP)," noted Mayor Casey Ryan. "Having that industrial base down there, with the size of the corporations we're able to have, is just tremendous for us."

Ryan also highlighted the leadership of former Mayor Paul Thalhofer and former City Administrator Erik Kvarsten, who now works at Gresham City Hall.

"The Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park demonstrates what can happen when partners work together to clean up the site, transcend political and jurisdictional boundaries and get the site ready for redevelopment," added EPA Regional Administrator Chris Hladick in a news release. "This project will pay both environmental and economic dividends for decades."

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