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 Recent eNewsletters:
August 4, 2021
June 10, 2021
May 4, 2021
April 20, 2021
March 23, 2021

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 October 13, 2021
at 3:30 pm

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

Recent News

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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2021 Budget Hearing Set

The Port of Columbia Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday, November 10th at 3:30 pm to hear comments on the proposed 2021 budget, which can be viewed here. The meeting will take place via Zoom. Instructions for joining the meeting are on the agenda above ...
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Last Call for Grants

October 30th is the deadline to turn in applications for the Port of Columbia COVID-19 Small Business Relief fund. Has your business been financially harmed by the COVID-19 pandemic? Is your business in Columbia County, WA? Do you have 10 employees or less? You may be eligible for funding. visit our COVID-19 page for details, and read the press release ...
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COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCES

Visit the Port's COVID-19 page for business resources, including information on grants for Columbia County businesses.  Several grant funds have been combined to enable the broadest business support possible. This Business Resources document provides information for businesses trying to sort their way through the Coronavirus crisis.  New information includes guidance on forgivable expenses for your PPP loan as well as ...
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COVID-19 Grants and Business Resources

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