Port of Olympia Blog

Strengthening Thurston County Through Strategic Planning:
A Reflection on the Port of Olympia's Direction

Greetings Thurston County!

As the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Commission Affairs at the Port of Olympia, it’s my privilege to share some exciting news regarding our Strategic Plan 2025. Our board of commissioners and staff convened for a collaborative session to discuss and chart the course for our organization’s future.

Today, I’m pleased to share the outcomes of our fruitful discussions and reaffirm our commitment to serving Thurston County and advancing our strategic initiatives.

At the heart of the Port’s strategic plan and mission is fostering economic vitality, creating jobs, and enhancing the quality of life in our community. Guided by our strategic plan for 2025, the Port team is engaged in thoughtful dialogue to assess our progress and determine our next steps.

Our strategic plan serves as a compass, guiding our efforts to propel Thurston County forward. The plan includes meaningful values that spur:


  • Economic development and job creation
  • Environmental stewardship
  • Infrastructure and asset management
  • Community engagement and partnerships


These pillars form the foundation of our commitment to Thurston County, guiding the decisions and actions we take. By prioritizing the initiatives in our Strategic Plan 2025, we aim to maximize our impact and ensure a vibrant future for our community.

Environmental Stewardship

First and foremost, environmental stewardship remains a top priority for the Port of Olympia. We recognize the importance of preserving our natural resources for future generations. By restoring and cleaning up Budd Inlet, implementing sustainable practices and embracing green technologies, we aim to minimize our environmental footprint while fostering a healthy ecosystem for all. 

Economic Opportunities

In tandem with environmental stewardship, economics remains a top priority for the Port of Olympia. Thurston County thrives when our economy flourishes, providing opportunities for residents and businesses alike. Through strategic partnerships and innovative initiatives like Destination Waterfront, we will continue to attract investment, stimulate growth, and create sustainable employment opportunities.

Community Assets

Furthermore, our commitment to infrastructure and asset management is unwavering. As stewards of public assets, we are dedicated to maintaining and enhancing our facilities to ensure operational efficiency and safety. By investing in critical infrastructure projects, we lay the groundwork for sustained growth and prosperity in Thurston County.

 Last but certainly not least, community engagement and partnerships are integral to our success. We believe in the power of collaboration, working hand in hand with local stakeholders to address community needs and aspirations. Through open dialogue and inclusive decision-making, we strive to build trust, foster relationships, and empower the voices of our diverse community.

As we embark on this journey forward, I invite you to join us in shaping Thurston County’s future. Together, we can achieve remarkable outcomes, creating a thriving community where all residents can live, work, and prosper.

In conclusion, the Port of Olympia is steadfast in its commitment to serving Thurston County. By prioritizing our strategic initiatives and fostering meaningful partnerships, we will continue to make a positive impact on the lives of our residents and the prosperity of our community.

Camille St. Onge, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Commission Affairs Port of Olympia

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