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 to enter a business, they should be sure to not only be wearing a shirt and shoes, but also a mask – and please, socks are nice as well.


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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 community and a state to support our local businesses, their chances of success rise through even a trying time such as this. As such, this grant money dispersal is but one of the many steps we as a community are ready to take part in for those in our area.

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.



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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.