Economic Development

Ports are, by their charge, economic development organizations. Traditionally, ports focus on a mix of transportation – water, rail and air – and property/infrastructure to facilitate job creation. The Port of Pasco has long, successfully followed this formula. Whether attracting new business to the region or assisting existing businesses in expanding, the Port has worked to maximize our role in economic and work force development.

The Port of Pasco also recognizes the importance to taking a broader role in economic development.  It’s about taking leadership in helping create a strategic, long-range plan for the region, assisting with business development programs and working cooperatively with community and regional partners.  We believe our economic development efforts help keep our talented workforce here and create new opportunities for work force development.

Somos Pasco

The primary driver of the Port district's economy is irrigated agriculture. While there are many sources of irrigation water in the district the Columbia Basin Project is the largest single source and a major driver of our local economy.

Many economic development decisions are driven by data, and a great source for a wide variety of data is

Benton Franklin Trends

Economic Development is a team sport. Some of our team mates include:

The Tri-Cities Development Council, which is our regional EDO.

Visit Tri-Cities our visitor and convention bureau.

The Pasco Chamber of Commerce does a great job promoting business in Pasco, paying close attention to our agricultural community.

The Tri-Cities Hispanic Chamber's mission is "Connecting, empowering and celebrating the Latino community to the Tri-Cities and beyond."

Last but not least, our community partners that we work with to develop the infrastructure that makes economic development possible.

City of Pasco

Franklin County

Franklin PUD