Port of Olympia

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The City of Tumwater works in partnership with the Port of Olympia to create jobs and increase the vibrancy of the community. The Port has two lines of business in Tumwater, the regional airport and the New Market Industrial Campus. The airport is a general aviation airport with limited airport-related activities. The port’s primary use of the property is for real estate tenants ranging from limited fixed base operations to restaurants and light manufacturing.

Port mission to promote economic development

Ports are municipal corporations organized as a special purpose district in Washington State. Ports are the only public agency whose primary mission is to promote economic development in partnership with private business and other governmental entities. The Port of Olympia has a shipping terminal, airport, industrial properties, marina, and the Boatworks. The Port also sponsors a Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ).

Tumwater encompases three port districts, each with its own land use and development requirements.

Airport Master Plan (Port of Olympia website)

Tumwater Town Center (Port of Olympia website)

New Market Industrial Campus (Port of Olympia website)

History of ports 

The establishment of ports began in the early 1900s. In 1911, many states were facing the problem of private ownership of the waterfront enabling a monopoly by a few parties to charge prices for access to the waterfront. The Washington State Legislature addressed the issue and created law allowing citizens to establish ports within counties. Washington Public Ports Districts were initially authorized to provide marine shipping facilities, rail, and water transfer facilities. Since then, additional authorities were granted to build and operate airports in 1941, establish industrial development districts in 1955, develop trade centers in 1967, and develop economic development programs and promote tourism in the 1980s. Many port laws have been in place since 1911 with the most important provision remaining where ports are governed by federal and state laws. (courtesy of Municipal Research & Services Center)

Learn more...

Visit the Port of Olympia website or call (360) 528-8000 for more information.