Economic Development

Throughout Jefferson County, the Port of Port Townsend owns, operates and maintains approximately 550 acres of property supporting a diverse range of uses – from marinas, boat and shipyards, commercial uplands, parklands, shoreline public access areas and an international airport. We exist to serve our community – that is, Jefferson County as a whole. The Port is a publicly owned and operated special district authorized by state law to plan, construct, operate, and maintain physical improvements.

The Port’s facilities and activities provide a substantial base of economic activity and employment within the City of Port Townsend and Jefferson County. We estimate that over 400 people work at our Boat Haven property alone.

We take our mission of providing economic growth seriously. We are committed to promoting sustainable growth based on a “triple bottom line” approach that factors economic, environmental and social consequences into our decision-making, and which enhances the long term well being of the community.

The Port is committed to playing a leadership role in promoting community partnerships for sustainable economic growth. We believe by creating strong partnerships with other governments, stakeholder groups and businesses we can provide more efficient and effective services to the people we serve.

The Port and local governments successfully partner with business and industry to support and enhance the County’s diverse economic base. The fruit of the Port’s efforts can be seen in the two marinas that continue to anchor Port Townsend’s historic downtown core, a new nucleus of “green” industries located adjacent to the Jefferson County International Airport, and expanded visitor-serving and natural resource based businesses in south Jefferson County. In all, the Port continues to endeavor to help create a balanced and prosperous local economy, and a healthy social environment.

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