From the Gazette Times:
The Port of Newport will host a groundbreaking ceremony for the NOAA Marine Operations Center from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Thursday, June 3, at the South Beach Pacific Homeport site just west of Oregon State Universityâ€™s Hatfield Marine Science Center.
Speakers at the groundbreaking are scheduled to include U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski and Oregon State University President Ed Ray. Also attending the ceremony will be representatives of Oregonâ€™s coastal legislative caucus and other community leaders.
A community-wide celebration will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 6, at the site.
Supporting the Port of Newport in hosting both events are OSUâ€™s Hatfield Marine Science Center, the Oregon Coast Aquarium, the Rotary Club of Newport, the city of Newport, JC Market and many local volunteers and donors.
In August of 2009, NOAA announced that Newport had been selected as the new site for its Pacific Marine Operations Center, choosing the central coastal community over three finalists in the state of Washington. Newport was chosen, in part, for its easy access to the ocean, funding support from the state Legislature and proximity of the Hatfield Marine Science Center and its large research enterprise.