PUBLIC NOTICE: Vista Field Airport officially closed to all aviation activity at 5:00 p.m. December 31, 2013.
Mission & Goals
The Port of Kennewick's mission is to provide and support sound economic growth opportunities that create jobs and/or improve the quality of life of the port district citizens. To carry out that mission the Port may:
- Acquire, sell, lease, and develop real estate. The port's work on Columbia Drive has been steady and the community has begun taking notice of this improved waterfront. In addition, the port is continuing its work to revitaliize Clover Island. View drawings of the proposed first building in a multi-use, three building complex that will be known as The Village at Island Harbor on Clover Island. And the port has begun conceptual planning for development of a Wine Village on land in West Richland. View site assessment for transforming the former Tri-City Raceway site.
- Provide multi-modal transportation infrastructure such as roads, rail, airport, and navigation improvements. View information about the Vista Field Airport Planning, Environmental and Economic Analysis.
- Foster the development of tourism and public recreational facilities. View conceptual plans for Duffy's Pond.
- Partner with other private and public interests to enhance economic development potential as deemed appropriate by the Commissioners.
The Port of Kennewick continues to work toward that end with projects throughout the district—from industrial and business development to encouraging the growing wine industry to recreation enhancement.
Some projects are nearing completion, some will be completed within the next year or two, and others are just getting off the ground. Since 2007, the Port's land development projects have stimulated more than 800 private sector jobs and fostered $52.2 million in taxable assessed property value. Construction sales on those projects generated more than $4.7 million for state and local tax coffers. The work the port undertakes is guided by a formal comprehensive scheme developed with significant public input and defining the port's major business lines. View the Port of Kennewick's Comprehensive Scheme of Development and Harbor Improvements and comp scheme amendment Resolution 2013-10 related to Vista Field airport closure & redevelopment.
In 2011, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation held a blessing ceremony for the habitat and recreation improvements the Port made to the Clover Island causeway's west shoreline; and the Port received the Washington Aggregates and Concrete Association's first-ever, Concrete Community Award to honor the Clover Island Lighthouse. The Building Industry Association of Washington named the Port's Clover Island Lighthouse their Community Improvement Project of the Year for 2010. The Port received the 2009 Governor's Award for Workforce and Economic Development Best Practices Award for the Spaulding Business Park Development. View more details. The Port of Kennewick also received the Governor's 2009 Smart Communities Award for involvement in the Tri-Cities Rivershore Enhancement Council. The Port of Kennewick’s Clover Island Marina Renovation project was honored as the 2008 top construction project of the year in the heavy/industrial category by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Washington. The Port received the 2007 Downtown Revitalization Award from the City of Kennewick and the Historic Downtown Kennewick partnership. And as part of the Tri-Cities Rivershore Enhancement Council, the Port of Kennewick was named 2006 Tourism Champions of the Year by the Tri-Cities Visitor & Convention Bureau.
As excited as we are about Port activities, we always remember we are working for you.
This is your Port.