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 has been developed for the trail, and design and engineering started in January 2020, as mentioned more in depth below. Construction on the trail likely won’t begin until 2023 at the earliest, dependent on construction funds, maintenance plans, and engineering considerations.

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 Columbia funds were used, and the Port declined using any of the funds for administration so that all monies would be available to businesses. We are working on the creation of a second, local grant fund in order to provide more assistance to those businesses still hurting from the COVID shutdown.

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 business owners are asking visitors to respect the guidelines set forth so their ability to stay open is not jeopardized. More info here.

Local Businesses Need Your Support

With the recently extended Stay-at-home order the Dayton Chamber of Commerce and Port of Columbia have revamped, added and edited the list of businesses that would love your support during this difficult time. Buy a gift certificate in preparation for that much needed massage, haircut, or shopping spree once we are through this! Order food and pick it up to eat at home! Stay safe, keep your distance, but lets all work together to keep the community going!  Please, check out the link here.

Small Business Financial Impact Survey

SURVEY REQUEST: As part of our response to the current economic situation, the Port of Columbia and the Dayton Chamber of Commerce are surveying business owners to gauge impacts and to estimate future responses in potential aid to local businesses. The information you share will be kept confidential. Aggregate information may be shared for government purposes, but business names will be withheld.
You can access the survey by clicking here. Completed surveys can be emailed to jdelannoy@portofcolumbia.org or chamber@historicdayton.com or dropped by the Port or Chamber offices between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday – Friday.

Devoted to Dayton

We encourage everyone to help support all the small businesses as much as they can! Check out the list of businesses and what they have available while we all work through COVID-19. We will be updating the list as we continue on, so check back! Wash your hands and stay healthy!