Columbia County has a civilian labor force of approximately 1,800, with a labor force of 32,000 within a 30-mile radius, and 170,000 within a 70-mile radius.
Anecdotal information shows the agrarian background of Columbia County’s residents produces a highly productive and loyal workforce.
Walla Walla Community College, a nationally acclaimed training and education facility 30 minutes from Dayton, is a model in workforce training programs.
The Port of Columbia manages a contract between Columbia County and the State Department of Commerce for work in economic development. The Port employs a full-time economic development coordinator who offers support to all Columbia County businesses. The Port is an invaluable resource when starting a business in Columbia County.
• Value Added Food Processing
• Renewable Energy
• Straw Pulp Manufacturing