The Port of Douglas County takes pride in helping create jobs, overseeing public resources and serving as a leader in the community. We accomplish this task in a multitude of ways, including the development of our own business park at Pangborn Memorial Airport, installation of infrastructure for industrial growth, issuing bonds to further economic development projects, and assisting companies with retention or expansion needs. In a nutshell, we seek out and embrace strategic partnerships that will stimulate and enhance the community's economy and quality of life.
Port districts in Washington state are unique entities. State law allows them to own, manage and develop industrial, transportation and tourism facilities. In the process, ports serve as conduits between the public and the private sectors. For more on port districts and their powers and governing requirements, visit the Washington Public Ports Association (WPPA) web site, or this page from the Revised Code of Washington.
The Port of Douglas County traces its beginnings to 1958 when local citizens voted to form the district as a way to further water transportation in the region. Since that time, the Port has expanded its activities to include recreation (Orondo River Park), airports (Pangborn Memorial, Waterville and Mansfield) and industrial development (Pangborn Airport Business Park), all of which we invite you to explore further on our website!
In February 2011, the Port of Douglas adopted a new strategic plan that identifies areas of focus and actions to take that will further develop the economy in Douglas County as well as elsewhere in North Central Washington. As a guide for the Port’s activities and budgets, the strategic plan provides the frame of reference for decisions made by the Port District’s Board of Commissioners. For a look at the plan, please click here.
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