QUINCY, Wash., Jan. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- The Port of Quincy's "Quincy Valley Business & Conference Center" is seeing increased usage, numbers of meetings and events held at the facility as a result of improvements and investments that the Port has been making.
Recently, Big Bend Community College (BBCC) has begun utilizing the Quincy Valley Business & Conference Center to hold several classes.
Specifically, BBCC has been offering the following courses at the Quincy Valley Business & Conference Center (QVBCC), including:
- Beginning Level ESL: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm with instructor Mr. Roger Marr;
- Intermediate to Advanced ESL: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm with instructor Ms. Kirsten Escure;
- High School 21 Program: Tuesday and Wednesdays from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm with instructor Ms. Michele Reeves.
The QVBCC is located in the heart of Quincy, WA on Hwy 28, about one block west of the major intersection of Hwy 28 and Hwy 281, and supports meetings, conferences, educational and job training opportunities for the residents and businesses in Quincy and surrounding areas.
Stated Nick Parker of the Port of Quincy, "The Port of Quincy Commissioners and Staff are excited about partnering with Big Bend Community College to help bring higher education opportunities directly to residents that live in the Quincy Port District."
"Big Bend Community College is proud to expand its services to Quincy, an important community in our service district. Quincy's recent diversification and growth have created a demand for high-skilled workers among local employers. Our college is eager to collaborate with Port officials, employers, and other community leaders to meet this workforce need," said Dr. Terry Leas, President of BBCC.
Since acquiring the former Quincy Community Center (8,500 sq. ft.) and Heartland Pharmacy (6,500 sq. ft.) buildings located at 115 F Street SW and 101 F Street SW respectively in July of 2015, the Port of Quincy has been making gradual improvements to the above mentioned adjacent buildings and is transforming them into a multi-use conference facility that supports meetings, conferences, education, and job training opportunities for the residents and businesses in Quincy and the surrounding areas.
In particular, the Port of Quincy has connected the two buildings, and as funding has become available, is working to renovate and upgrade the interiors and exteriors of both buildings, such as adding high speed fiber optics, energy efficient lighting, wireless internet connectivity, new HVAC & A/V, systems, flexible wall panels & acoustical, ceilings, modern kitchen & bathroom facilities, outside digital reader board, repave the parking lot, and better exterior lighting.
The Port of Quincy's Administration Office is located in the 6,500 sq. ft. building which has been transformed to also include two meeting rooms, a larger room for educational classes or vocational training/coursework for up to 40 people, and a smaller conference room that can hold up to 16 persons for meetings. The 8,500 sq. ft. building has a full kitchen, restrooms and a large room which can accommodate up to 250 people for community events, public hearings, etc.
Given the strong economic, tourism and business growth that has occurred in Quincy and George areas over the past few years as a result of the many companies and wineries that have located in the Quincy Valley, there is a critical need for a modern, state-of-the-art conference and meeting facility.
For more information, contact Nick Parker or Patrick Boss at the Port of Quincy at [email protected] or 509-214-7696, or Faviola Barbosa of Big Bend Community College at [email protected] or 509-793-2305.
About the Port of Quincy
Located in the center of Washington State near the Columbia River, the Port of Quincy is ranked as one of the best low-cost rural locations in the United States for business and economic development with a full array of infrastructure including: plentiful low-cost hydropower electricity, high-capacity fiber optics, an abundant supply of irrigation water, a major interstate freeway (I-90), a water treatment system, natural gas supply, a skilled workforce, approved foreign trade zone status, relatively inexpensive industrial/commercial properties, nearby commercial air service, a key rail line (BNSF Railway from Seattle to Chicago), a modern intermodal terminal, and a central location in Washington State's most productive irrigated agricultural region. At the Port of Quincy, fresh produce, food processing & distribution companies such as Lamb Weston, National Frozen Foods, Quincy Foods (NORPAC), Amway-Nutrilite, Oneonta Starr Ranch Growers, Stemilt, CMI Orchards, Double Diamond, Jones Produce, Central Bean Co., Lineage Logistics, etc. find themselves next to technology companies like Intuit, Microsoft, NTT Data, Oath (Verizon), Sabey, and Vantage.
SOURCE Port of Quincy