Port EDC

Port Economic Development Corporation


The Port Commission created the Port Economic Development Corporation (Port EDC) in 1983 (Resolution 926) to facilitate local economic development and employment opportunities in the Port district (authorized by Section 103 of the IRS code).

The Port EDC board consists of five members, with the elected Port Commissioners serving as president, vice president and secretary. The Commission appoints two citizen members to the remaining board seats. Citizen members serve two-year terms and can be reappointed.

Current Board Members

  • Joe Downing, Commissioner
  • Amy Evans, Commissioner
  • Bob Iyall, Commissioner
  • Dan Neuhauser, Citizen at Large

Industrial Development Revenue Bonds

Industrial Development Revenue Bonds (IDRB) are tax-exempt debt obligations issued by public corporations to support manufacturing, processing and utility-type economic development projects. As the issuing agency for these bonds in Thurston County, the Port EDC welcomes your interest in IDRB financing.

Small Cities Program

Due to COVID-19, the Small Cities Program was suspended for 2020 and 2021.

The intent of the Small Cities Program is to assist with projects that will contribute to local economic development. The program requires an equal cash match from the city. The Port awards the funds after the city has completed the project and submitted the required information.

Below is information about prior year awards.

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