Cantwell Announces $3 Million Economic Development Grant for Port of Woodland

Grant expected to help support hundreds of total jobs, leverage roughly $6.5 million in private investment

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) announced the Port of Woodland will receive $3 million in federal funding for economic development in Cowlitz County. The funding will help support infrastructure buildout at Rose Way Industrial Park to create space for light-manufacturing businesses and is expected to create hundreds of total jobs and leverage millions of additional dollars of private investment.

“This grant funding will be integral to the economic development of the Port of Woodland and the larger Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan area,” Cantwell wrote in a letter of support for the Port’s grant application. “The Port of Woodland aims to meet the growing demand for ready to build and leasable buildings in the Portland-Vancouver Metropolitan area and attract jobs through the development of two industrial parks...The Port estimates these sites will support over 300 jobs.”

“This grant funding will assist the Port of Woodland in creating new jobs and new opportunities for growth and innovation in the region,” Cantwell continued.

The funding, which comes from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration, will help support the full infrastructure buildout of Rose Way Industrial Park, the construction of Rose Way Roadway, and a 23,000 square foot metal prefabricated building within Rose Way Industrial Park. The infrastructure buildout is expected to attract light-manufacturing businesses to provide employment and economic development opportunities for surrounding communities in Cowlitz County, as well as attract millions of new dollars of private investment.