Longview, WA – Port of Longview welcomes Dale Lewis, former Southwest Washington Deputy Directory for Congresswoman Jaime Herrera-Beutler, as its new Director of External Affairs. In his prior role, Lewis served more than eight years as the Congresswoman’s liaison to public ports, making him well versed in navigation and transportation issues related to the Port of Longview.
As Director, Lewis is tasked with developing local, regional, state and national support for Port and industry related projects. His experience at the Federal level will be a great asset in generating support and grant funding opportunities for major infrastructure projects, like its nearly $100 million Industrial Rail Corridor Expansion. Additionally, he will actively participate in maritime organizations that advocate for Port interests and work to ensure the Port is well represented in policy level discussions.
“The Port is embarking on major infrastructure projects that will require significant government support to complete,” said Chief Executive Officer Norm Krehbiel. “Dale’s government experience will be a critical component to moving these projects forward so the Port may continue to grow and provide local economic benefits.”
In addition to government relations, Lewis will oversee the community and marketing communications functions for the Port. He replaces former Director Ashley Helenberg, who stepped down from the position after more than a decade to spend more time with her young children. She will remain in the department, responsible for advertising and media for the industrial and marine terminal business lines. Dan Polacek also serves the External Affairs Department as the Communications Coordinator. He assists in community relations for both the Port and Willow Grove Park, as well as provides overall communications support.
“In my previous role I managed issues for 17 ports across seven counties and have a great appreciation for the economic benefit they provide to their local communities,” said Director of External Affairs Dale Lewis. “I’m looking forward to focusing on this community and our Port of Longview.”