The Port of Seattle and the City of Des Moines held a ribbon cutting and groundbreaking ceremony with Panattoni Development Company for the new 87-acrew Des Moines Creek Business Park on Thursday, Aug. 14. This new venture will create more than 600 permanent jobs in the community, according to officials. Representatives from the port, city, and developer were on hand for the celebration at the Des Moines Activity Center, including Port of Seattle Commissioner Tom Albro, Des Moines Mayor Dave Kaplan, Des Moines Councilmember Bob Sheckler, Panattoni Development Company’s Bart Brynestad, Des Moines Planning, Building & Public Works Director Dan Brewer and Executive Director of Greenroads Jeralee Anderson. Concurrently, the ceremony’s ribbon cutting also officially open the recently improved South 216th Street, part of the City’s Transportation Gateway project that provides necessary road capacity for the business park. Phase 1 of the project will involve 35 of the 87-acres earmarked for development and is expected to provide 139 construction jobs, 600 permanent jobs and yield community-wide economic benefit. Here are some photos from the event, courtesy Friends to Retain Jeremy Nutting: [caption id="attachment_52380" align="aligncenter" width="490"]DMBusParkRibbonCutting2 From left to right: Des Moines City Councilmember Bob Sheckler, Port of Seattle Commissioner Tom Albro, Mayor Dave Kaplan, Councilmembers Matt Pina and Jeremy Nutting.[/caption] DMBusParkRibbonCutting3]]>