Welcome to the Port of Columbia

The Port of Columbia’s mission is to maximize public resources and private investment to create jobs, provide infrastructure, and maintain and improve the economic vitality of Columbia County and its communities.

The Port of Columbia serves as the lead Economic Development Agency for Columbia County and offers assistance to all businesses in the county. We also coordinate with our neighboring counties on regional initiatives.

Special Meeting & Public Hearing

December 12, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Port Main Office, 1 Port Way, Dayton WA 99328

The Port of Columbia board of Commissioners will hear testimony regarding the draft Cooperative Park Master Plan (CPMP) for the Port of Columbia, City of Dayton, and Columbia County. Any interested person may provide written comments or testimony at the public hearing. The Port Commissioners will then consider adoption of the CPMP. The SEPA official has determined that this amendment is exempted from SEPA review under WAC 197-11-800(19)b. The draft plan is available for review at the Columbia County Planning Department at 114 South 2nd Street, Dayton, WA 99328 or online at www.columbiaco.com. For more CPMP information, contact: Jennie Dickinson at jennie@portofcolumbia.org or 509-382-2577.
Click here to review the Master Plan.

Upcoming Port Commission Meeting

December 12, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

Recent News

Columbia County Tax Rates: How We All Benefit from New Business

At a recent public hearing regarding a conditional use permit for a proposed new business locating in Columbia County, two themes kept coming up that have caused the Port district concern. The first one was "How is this business helping the community?" and the second one was "The windmills have done nothing for us." The first statement was in regards ...
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December meeting to provide information on upcoming Paid FMLA changes

Join us at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5 at the Liberty Theater in downtown Dayton to learn more about what you are required to do under the new Paid Family & Medical Leave mandatory statewide insurance program. Almost all employers (business owners, nonprofits, religious institutions, government agencies, and more) have required action to take in January 2019. Learn more ...
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Port seeks your input on broadband infrastructure

The Port of Columbia is interested in your experience with internet in Columbia County. Your responses will be used to determine if additional investment in broadband infrastructure is needed. The survey includes 10 questions and should take about 4 minutes to complete. Please click here to take the survey, and share with your friends! The more input, the better! ...
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Interested in learning more about cryptocurrency?

The following two links were provided by the data center consultant that is assisting a cryptocurrency business interested in locating in Columbia County. The Quincy data center impacts:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN4lSBCJxyM An overview of Bitcoin:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kubGCSj5y3k ...
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Rural tax incentives pay off in a big way!

One of the significant advantages of having new industries invest in a community is the potential of an increased tax base.  In Columbia County, we have already seen the effects of this from one important industry – renewable energy.  Before the wind industry invested in Columbia County, our tax base was just over $286 million.  Ten years later, our tax ...
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Port to host retail workshop with Dave Mitchell of the Leadership Difference

Dave Mitchell,  founder and president of the Leadership Difference, will bring his unique form of “enter-TRAIN-ment” to Dayton’s Liberty Theater on Monday, July 9th at 5:30 p.m.  In this free, fun, and informative event, Mitchell will provide practical, tactical and strategic tips for any retailer to apply immediately to enhance their business.  Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner will ...
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Small Business Development Center to hold Columbia County office hours

Joe Jacobs with the Small Business Development Center will be holding Columbia County office hours in Dayton on Wednesday, June 20th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Joe is a skilled business advisor and educator who helps business owners gain insight into their marketing, numbers, and operational processes. To read more, click here ...
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Distiller & Local Orchard Team up

Blue Mountain Station tenant Rusty Figgins, founder of XO Alambic teams up with local orchard to distill apple brandy. Read full article here ...
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Columbia County’s economic stars aligning

Attendance was high and news was positive at this year’s annual economic development strategy meeting for Columbia County. Jobless rates are down, construction of Columbia Pulp has started, plans for walking and biking paths are taking shape and the county is working to address concerns for the future of the fairgrounds. Read full article here ...
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Industrial Park Space Available

The Rock Hill Industrial Park currently has one building available for lease.  This 3,360 sq. ft. building is zoned light industrial / fringe commercial.  Space includes five offices, reception desk, tech room, copier room, kitchen, conference space, two restrooms (one with shower), and attic storage space.  Also included is 72’x144′ fenced parking lot.  Rent is $1516 per month, including a ...
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