Why Cowlitz County

Bordered by the deep river channel of the Columbia River on the west and the Cascade Mountain Range on the east, Cowlitz County is home to technology companies, manufacturing corporations, leaders in the natural resources industry and other thriving businesses. Attracted by the region’s access to a range of transportation alternatives and the experienced leadership of the business community, Cowlitz County is a progressive business environment. And it is located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest – one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Access to Infrastructure – Burlington Northern and Union Pacific/Santa Fe Railroads serve the region alongside two major shipping ports and the deep water channel of the Columbia River, opening a direct route for domestic and Pacific Rim trade. In addition, Interstate-5 bisects Cowlitz County, providing a passageway for trucking to SeaTac and nearby Portland International Airport, just 45 minutes away.

Access to Labor – The CEDC’s commitment to a profitable, sustainable business environment means a commitment to a skilled workforce. Cowlitz County has a diverse blend of skilled labor as well as a qualified manufacturing workforce. The training and development curriculum at Lower Columbia College, located in Longview, also mirrors the expanding business climate. The college provides vocational and professional training in response to the business community’s employment needs. This guarantees a stable, prepared workforce now and in the future.

Access to Information – Dynamic business relies on access to accurate information. Through CEDC databases, forums and customized services, companies receive data to aid in marketing, product development and distribution decisions.

Access to Experts – The CEDC attracts the attention of decision-makers throughout the region and the state. Strategic partnerships mean corporations have access to key industry players. When answers are needed or when an introduction to an influential leader will make a difference, the CEDC can secure it. In Cowlitz County, the CEDC makes leadership accessible by providing a single point of contact.

Affordable Advantage – Cowlitz County businesses also benefit from Washington state’s business friendly tax environment. There is no corporate income tax, no personal income tax, no unitary tax and no tax on dividends, interest or capital gains. In addition, there are no sales and use taxes on manufacturing machinery or equipment, including labor and installation and repair services.  The CEDC can also facilitate financing packages and tax incentives, investing in those businesses that invest in Cowlitz County.