John Brewer, retired publisher and editor of the Peninsula Daily News in Port Angeles and 2016 president of the Port Angeles Business Association, also believes one more item — in addition to composites and the Lefties baseball team — will be a community game-changer for Port Angeles in 2017:

“Plans for the Port Angeles Waterfront Center — a $15-to-$20 million, 600-to-800 seat performing arts venue are moving forward, with decisions made on an interim executive director and an architectural design firm,” Brewer says.

“The facility was jump-started by a pair of donations — $9 million in a will, followed by a $1.43 million donation for the purchase of a 1.6-acre parcel at the northwest corner of Front and Oak streets where it will be built.”

Studies are in progress about having it double as a conference and convention center. That, says Deputy Mayor Cherie Kidd, would be “an answer to prayer for the whole community.”

“In Port Angeles, we have a real void for a conference center,” she said. “We’ve done the best with what we had.”