The Port of Benton was established in 1958, as a special purpose district under state statute RCW 53; its creation followed the City of Richland being turned over to the citizens by the U.S. Army Corp related to the community’s role in the Manhattan Project and Hanford site.  The Port of Benton is one of the few nuclear ports within the U.S.. The Port of Benton is 2/3 of Benton county and it has a unique and diverse base ranging from value added agriculture to high tech research and development along with manufacturing.

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