Neva honored by Waterways group

<p>Jim Neva, retired manager of the Port of Ilwaco, was honored by the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association.</p>

ILWACO — Jim Neva, who recently retired as manager of the Port of Ilwaco, is one of this year’s five recipients of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association’s (PNWA) 2013 Distinguished Service Award.

Neva and his fellow honorees were announced in conjunction with PNWA’s 2013 Annual Convention, which was held in Portland Oct. 2 through Oct. 4. Recipients of the award are selected for their dedication to the Northwest navigation, energy, irrigation and recreation communities.

“These individuals have gone above and beyond the call of duty to support Northwest transportation infrastructure, trade, tourism and environmental restoration,” according to PNWA.

Neva worked on a wide variety of public-interest goals during his long career, most recently trying to convince Congress to provide a more reliable funding stream to the nation’s smaller ports.

In addition to Neva, honorees this year included: Sheryl Carrubba (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), Walt Evans (Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt), Don Mann (Port of Newport) and Jim Toomey (Port of Pasco).

  At the PNWA Annual Convention, PNWA also announced U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden as the recipient of PNWA’s 2013 Legislator of the Year award. “PNWA is honoring Sen. Wyden for his tremendous efforts this year to promote economic activity in Oregon. PNWA and its members are especially grateful for his efforts to support Oregon’s small coastal ports, attention to national energy policy, and interest in ensuring the state’s continued international grain trade.”

PNWA is a non-profit trade association that advocates for federal policies and funding in support of regional economic development. It represents over 130 public and private sector member organizations in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and California.

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