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.

Upcoming Port Commission Meeting

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

3:30 p.m.
Port of Columbia office

1 Port Way, Dayton WA 99328

Recent News

Design Workshop Planned for Touchet Valley Trail

The Port of Columbia and the Touchet Valley Trail Steering Committee, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance (RTCA) program, will host a design workshop in Waitsburg and Dayton to develop early-stage general design concepts for a non-motorized trail connecting the two towns.  Design professionals from the Washington Chapter of the American Society of ...
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Touchet Valley Trail survey

It's long been a desire to have a trail connecting Dayton and Waitsburg.  Thanks in large part to grants from the National Park Service and WSDOT, we are now in the planning stages and want your input!  Please take a moment to fill out our trail survey, visit our Touchet Valley Trail, and like and follow us on Facebook for ...
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Learn more about economic development on the What’s Up Walla Walla Valley podcast!

The Port is the lead economic development agency for Columbia County. So what exactly is economic development in a community like ours? Listen to this week's What's Up Walla Walla Valley podcast to learn more about what our economic development coordinator Kathryn Witherington does, and reach out to her today for help with your business, community idea, or challenge to ...
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Economic benefits of new straw-related businesses

There are three straw-related businesses that have started in recent years in Columbia County: Columbia Pulp, Columbia Straw Supply, and Phoenix Pulp & Polymer. Watch the video to learn more about what each one does and how they benefit our community! ...
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Broadband Planning Grant Sought

The mission of the Port of Columbia is to maximize public resources and private investment to create jobs, provide infrastructure, and maintain and improve the economic vitality of Columbia County.  As part of this mission, we work constantly to identify new opportunities for our community. In March of 2018, one of these opportunities arrived when Substitute House Bill 2664 was ...
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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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