Who is Ken Bell?
Elected Experience: Port Commissioner 2017-Present: Whatcom County Planning Commissioner: Whatcom County Charter Review Commissioner: Economic Development Investment Board: Small Cities Partnership.
Other Professional Experience: President Iron Creek Group; contaminated soil cleanup, Owner Best Recycling Inc., Recycling company that operated in Antarctica, Alaska, Greenland and the Continental US: Owner Bell Development Corporation.
Education: Graduate Wasson High School Colorado Springs, CO, Graduate BA Biological Science from Colorado State University 1981,
Community Service: Board member and chairman Step Denver homeless/treatment center 1986-2018. Board member Whatcom Business.
Alliance: Silver Beach Neighborhood Association: Bellingham Mayors Neighborhood Advisory Council: Sponsor of Whatcom Hospice.
What are we doing to progress the Port?
I am running to build on the work this Commission has already accomplished.
We expanded public access to Port properties! Since development on the waterfront languished, we began adding amenities, a pump track, and a container retail village. We are constructing a Fisherman’s Pavilion and are working on a boat launch for Fairhaven. A landmark compromise with the Lummi tribe provided them moorage for fishing boats and gave the Port needed infrastructure repairs. The Port will soon be operating with 100% renewable energy.
Economic Development: We landed Southwest Airlines, it’s just the beginning of expanding business at our airport. We added high wage jobs in Blaine Harbor, the Seaview Boatyard, the Fairhaven Industrial Marine Facility and added ABC recycling to our shipping terminal. We spent $25 million on cleanup projects. We helped add jobs to boat builders, an electric bus company and a manufactured home company. Broadband will be county-wide soon. All this was accomplished without raising taxes and during a pandemic.
Expect continued momentum to drive economic growth and progress Whatcom County. My priorities will always include increased access to Port assets, marine trades, job growth and civil cooperation with all stakeholders.
Ken is lovingly married to DeeDee Bell and they have two amazing daughters.