WELCOME to the Port of Columbia WHO WE ARE 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 Information 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.

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.

Next Port Commission Meeting
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
3:30 pm
Click here for Meeting Agenda
with instructions to join the Zoom meeting included.

Click here to take a broadband survey.  Link will also be available during the meeting.

Recent News

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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Broadband Information Meeting August 31

The Port of Columbia will hold a Zoom meeting on Monday, August 31 from 6:00 – 7:30 pm to share information about their proposed broadband project in the City of Dayton and some adjacent outlying areas. Attendees will be able to ask questions, and will also be asked to fill out a short survey regarding their current service. The Port ...
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Masks Mandatory for Customers

Throughout not only Columbia County, but also the entire state of Washington, a new mandate has been issued by Governor Inslee requiring one to wear a mask in order to be serviced in a business. This comes into effect today, the 7th of July in 2020, and will continue for an unknown amount of time. So next time one plans ...
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WWSBEG Offering Relief to Local Businesses

The WWSBEG (Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant) is currently being disbursed to businesses, bringing them in total $151,138 worth of aid. These funds should hopefully help keep the businesses afloat and running. But that is not to say that the businesses would no longer appreciate the residents of our town to shop local! If we come together as a ...
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Touchet Valley Trail

A trail connecting the rural communities of Dayton and Waitsburg has long been a dream. The Port of Columbia has been working diligently to make that dream a reality since it was first identified as a priority at Columbia County’s 2015 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy meeting. The 9.7 mile trail is included in the Blue Mountain Region Trails plan. A concept plan ...
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Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant Recipients Announced

After 7 weeks of waiting, the Department of Commerce finally announced the recipients of the Working Washington Small Business Emergency Grant program for Columbia County. Columbia County had 31 businesses apply, and 25 were awarded funds by the Governor's office and the Department of Commerce. State lottery proceeds from the Governor's Strategic Reserve Fund were used for the program. No Port of ...
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Casting caution: Rural business owners ask boaters and fishers to respect guidelines

While local business owners are ready to get open again, social distancing and other rules created during the COVID19 pandemic need to be following in order for those businesses to stay open.  Recreating in Columbia County is popular, and for decades we have welcomed people from across the state into our community. Times are different this spring, and our recreation ...
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The Port of Columbia and the Dayton Chamber are teaming up to help business owners and workers during the COVID-19 challenge

The Port of Columbia and the Dayton Chamber of Commerce have worked together on many economic development projects and programs over the years, but nothing quite like the challenges facing business owners today.  Read Waitsburg Times article here.  ...
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Weinhard Hotel Changes Hands

Downtown Dayton's beloved Weinhard Hotel has new owners, and the community is thrilled to welcome them.  Read the Union Bulletin article here ...
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Dayton Businesses Discuss Details of Reopening

In a Zoom call April 30th, the Port of Columbia led a discussion with Columbia County PUblic Health on what reopening could look like and what supplied will be needed to help make it happen.  Read the Union Bulletin news article here ...
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