Chamber honors team Bremerton

2004 was by all accounts a milestone year for the city of Bremerton as its downtown revitalization efforts began to bear fruit.

Tuesday night some of the key players in that effort will be recognized as the Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce hosts its Hyas Tyee Awards Banquet 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Kitsap Conference Center.

The chamber recognized the efforts of leaders in business and community, military and government.

Tim Ryan of Tim Ryan Construction will be honored for his efforts in business. Capt. Clark Orzalli, commander of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility, will be honored for his efforts with the military. A quintet of government leaders including Mayor Cary Bozeman, Bremerton Economic Development Director Gary Sexton, Kitsap County Consolidated Housing Authority Executive Director Norm McLoughlin, Steve Anderson, Kitsap Consolidated Housing Authority director for intergovernmental relations, and Richard Hayes, executive director for Kitsap Transit.

Ryan began buying property in Bremerton about 15 years ago at a time when most developers were afraid to invest in the city’s future, said Silvia Klatman, executive director of the Bremerton Area Chamber of Commerce.

“He believes in doing and is not someone who sits back and waits for someone else to lead,” Klatman said.

Ryan has done great things in Poulsbo and has been a strong proponent of economic development not only in Bremerton, but in Kitsap County as a whole, she said.

Orzalli has played an instrumental role not only in the changes at the shipyard, but in creating stronger ties between the military and the city as well, she said.

“He understands the shipyard is a part of the community and has worked hard to make sure that the two are working together as partners,” she said.

Not only has Orzalli been part of the combining of the PSNS and IMF, but he has also played a role in working on property issues related to the creation of the Maritime Park as well, she said.

The quintet of government officials represent five key players who have been integral parts of the Bremerton’s revitalization, she said.

“They got the ball rolling and picked up where other people had left off,” she said. “They all had courage and took risks and showed leadership at a time when leadership was needed.”

For Bozeman, the recognition is an indication that the city is moving forward.

“It’s just been a great team effort and the city still has a long way to go,” Bozeman said.

Anderson echoed Bozeman’s sentiments and said the city is headed in the right direction.

“I’m glad to see this is a team award because there are so many people involved,” Anderson said.

Everyone in the group has shown a vision for the city and has done their part to make things happen, Anderson said.

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