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

June 12, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
Lyons Ferry Marina

Recent News

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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Port to host retail workshop with Dave Mitchell of the Leadership Difference

Dave Mitchell,  founder and president of the Leadership Difference, will bring his unique form of “enter-TRAIN-ment” to Dayton’s Liberty Theater on Monday, July 9th at 5:30 p.m.  In this free, fun, and informative event, Mitchell will provide practical, tactical and strategic tips for any retailer to apply immediately to enhance their business.  Doors open at 5 p.m. and dinner will ...
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Small Business Development Center to hold Columbia County office hours

Joe Jacobs with the Small Business Development Center will be holding Columbia County office hours in Dayton on Wednesday, June 20th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  Joe is a skilled business advisor and educator who helps business owners gain insight into their marketing, numbers, and operational processes. To read more, click here ...
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Distiller & Local Orchard Team up

Blue Mountain Station tenant Rusty Figgins, founder of XO Alambic teams up with local orchard to distill apple brandy. Read full article here ...
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