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Originally published Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 2:32 PM

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1 year later, Newport celebrating landing NOAA

To celebrate the one year anniversary of the arrival of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fleet to Newport, the town threw a two-day barbeque.

The Associated Press

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NEWPORT, Ore. —

To celebrate the one year anniversary of the arrival of a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fleet to Newport, the town threw a two-day barbeque.

Around town, the NOAA Corps men and women are offered discounts at restaurants.

It's been a good year since NOAA chose Newport to move one of its ship fleets to the Oregon city. The fleet had been housed in Seattle's Lake Union for fifty years before the move.

While no official counts have been made, Newport representatives say local restaurants have seen more businesses and the fleet's personnel have rented or bought homes. Also local schools have benefited from science partnerships with the research center.

NOAA's arrival came with the construction of a new 40,000-square-foot center that provides logistical, engineering, maintenance and administrative support for NOAA's Pacific fleet.

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