Port of Benton is a vital economic engine for the Tri-Cities region! We generate jobs, strengthen the local and state economies and help increase tourism while enhancing the local quality of life.
Businesses in our district employ thousands of Tri-Citians in high-paying professions. These businesses also generate hundreds of thousands of dollars for the local and state economy.
Washington’s ports are the only public agencies with the primary purpose of economic development, and for more than 60 years, Port of Benton has produced significant results.
About The Port
Community Impacts in the Port District
High-Tech Business Incubator
The Port in partnership with Energy Northwest, TRIDEC and City of Richland established the APEL facility to support entrepreneurship and small business start-up and business needs.
The Port and City of Richland donated 95 acres to Washington State University for its Tri‐Cities campus.
Wine Industry Impacts
256 direct jobs on Port development sites = 700 indirect jobs in the state
$165 million in goods and services are produced annually
The Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center grounds and facilities are owned by the Port and operated by the nonprofit Walter Clore Wine and Culinary Center Foundation.
Facts & Stats
Port of Benton Economic Impact to Washington State
Port facilities contribute $327 million annually in value-added agriculture to the Gross State Product
Port of Benton is committed to public outreach and engagement to ensure we communicate about and invite input on the work we are doing to enhance the quality of life in the communities we serve. This commitment helps us keep a focus on the future as we evolve and grow with our diverse community.
The Port’s collaborative relationships with the public, stakeholders and our economic development partners help us deliver local projects that bring business, create jobs and further development in the region.