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.

Port of Columbia Commissioner districts follow County Commissioner districts. Click here for their webpage with maps that show the districts. If you have specific questions about what district you live in, please call the County Auditor’s office at 509-382-4541.

Click here to view the 30% Design Drawings and other Touchet Valley Trail information.

Click here to view a Columbia County Tax Rate Chart through 2021 that shows the value of private business investment on lowering individual tax rates.

Next Port Commission Meeting
Wednesday

December 8, 2021
at 3:30 pm

The next meeting’s agenda will be posted the Monday before the meeting.

Recent News

Annual CEDS Planning Meeting December 7th

The Port's annual Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) meeting will be held Tuesday, December 7th from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm via Zoom. Current economic information will be shared, reports on the 3 top-voted projects from the previous year will be given, and the project list will be reviewed and updated. Attendees will have a chance to vote on the ...
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Notice of Preliminary Budget and Public Hearing

Notice is hereby given that the Preliminary Budget for the Port of Columbia for 2022 has been prepared and is on file at the Port Main Office at 1 Port Way, Dayton, WA.  The budget can also be viewed on the Port’s website at www.portofcolumbia.org/port-info/policies-plans-budget/.  Any taxpayer may obtain a hard copy of said budget at the Port office during ...
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Washington Tax Structure Subject of Cup of Joe October 20, 2021

Cup of Joe, the information and networking event that came to a screeching halt during COVID, returns this Wednesday with a virtual event allowing Columbia County businesses and residents a chance to weigh in on Washington's Tax Structure. In 2017, the Washington State Legislature established the Tax Structure Work Group (TSWG) to identify options to make the Washington State tax code more ...
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Port of Columbia Seeks Replacement for District 2 Seat

The Port of Columbia Board of Commissioners is seeking interested candidates to fill the District 2 position vacated by the death of Commissioner Earle Marvin. According to Port Executive Director Jennie Dickinson, Washington State RCW 42.12.070 states that the remaining commissioners of the Port District have 90 days to fill the vacant position with a qualified candidate.  A qualified candidate ...
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Small Business Start-Up Grants

The Port of Columbia has opened a new grant opportunity for start-up businesses in Columbia County. Through funding provided by Innovia, a private foundation that serves eastern Washington and northern Idaho, the Port of Columbia is offering micro-grants to start-up businesses. Grants not to exceed $5,000 will be awarded to qualifying businesses upon review and recommendation by a local committee ...
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Port of Columbia Awarded $2 Million Broadband Infrastructure Grant

DAYTON, WA - Port of Columbia staff, along with private partner Columbia iConnect, made a presentation to the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) on Thursday, July 14th in Olympia and left with a $2 million award. Acceptance of the $2 million grant is contingent upon the community providing $500,000 in matching funds. The Port applied for and received $20,000 from ...
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Working Washington 4.0

The Washington State Department of Commerce sent out a press release today announcing the new Working Washington 4.0 small business grant program. The application portal will be open for 12 days starting Monday, March 29 and closing Friday, April 9th. Applications will be handled by the Department of Commerce through an online portal. MORE INFO HERE ...
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Landscaping & Weed Control RFPs Sought

The Port of Columbia is seeking Requests for Proposals (RFP) for professional services from qualified firms for the purpose of landscaping, irrigation maintenance & weed/pest control services at the Rockhill Industrial Park, Blue Mountain Station and other Port owned properties in Dayton, WA. It is the Port's intent to use the information to enter into contract(s) for services for 2021 ...
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Comp Plan Updates To Be Considered

Updates and administrative changes to the Port of Columbia's Comprehensive Plan will be considered for adoption at the Port of Columbia regular commission meeting on February 10, 2021 at 3:30 pm.  A public hearing will be held to take comments on the document, which can be viewed here.  Proposed changes are tracked in red. Please contact the Port office at ...
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New Working Washington 3.0 Grant Program Open

The Washington State Department of Commerce has opened a new round of small business grant funding aimed at providing assistance to businesses hurt by the most recent COVID-19 restrictions. Instead of being facilitated by local agencies this time (Port), the state will be handling the application process.  To review eligibility information and apply, visit the Working Washington 3.0 webpage. Port ...
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COVID-19 Grants and Business Resources

Please visit the Port's COVID-19 page for business resources and grant opportunities.