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.

Port Commission Workshop

Thursday

January 27, 2022

5 pm via Zoom

Click here for an agenda and instructions for joining the meeting.

Regular Port Commission Meeting
Wednesday

February 9, 2022
at 5:00 pm via Zoom

A meeting agenda will be posted the Monday before the meeting.

The Port Commission Meeting Schedule is listed here and on the Port Calendar here.

Recent News

Small Business Start-up Grants Still Available

The Port of Columbia has still has funds remaining for start-up business grants in Columbia County. Through funding provided by Innovia, a private foundation that serves eastern Washington and northern Idaho, the Port of Columbia offered a micro-grant program to start-up businesses in 2021. Two businesses were awarded grants of $5,000 each - Starbuck Lodge and Annie's Attic. Grants are ...
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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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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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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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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.