Groundbreaking set for Blue Mountain Station on April 15

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DAYTON - A date has been set for the official groundbreaking ceremony for the Blue Mountain Station, according to the Blue Mountain Station eNews.

The groundbreaking will be April 15.

A call for bids was advertised Wednesday on phase 1 of construction of what is billed as "the world's very first destination eco-food processing park."

The park will be located west of Wagon Road and north of U.S. Highway 12 on property owned by the Port of Columbia.

Blue Mountain Station is dedicated to the recruitment and marketing of artisan food processors, primarily in the natural and organic sectors, according to the Port's website.

Port of Columbia commissioners will award the contract for infrastructure work on Phase I at a special meeting March 16.

The Port is planning a roundtable discussion with growers and processors interested in supplying products for or locating a business at Blue Mountain Station. The discussion points will include exploring the potential for shared space and equipment in one building for smaller processors, and ways the Port can help now to support local foods and value-added agriculture entrepreneurs.

Those interested in participating should contact Port Manager Jennie Dickinson by Friday at jennie@portofcolumbia.org.

More information about Blue Mountain Station can be found at bluemountainstation.com.

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