Located in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Cowlitz County offers the best our region has to offer. Bordered by the deep river channel of the Columbia River on the west and the Cascade Mountain Range to the east, Cowlitz County is conveniently situated on the I-5 corridor. Within a 45 minute drive to Portland, 100 miles to Seattle, or a drive to the Pacific Ocean or Mt. St. Helens, you’re never far from both urban and nature activities. That easy accessibility with the charm of small town life makes Cowlitz County a great place to work, live, and play.
Our schools are award winning on many levels. From high schools with 95% graduation rates, partnerships for apprenticeships and other job training opportunities, and the ability to obtain a 4 year degree at Lower Columbia College, opportunities are abundant.
Cowlitz County is home to technology companies, manufacturing corporations, leaders in the natural resource industry, and other thriving businesses-with room for growth and new industry in our on-going development enhanced by our access to rail, port, and interstate shipping capabilities. Our progressive business environment and experienced leadership in the business community is available to help your business grow or relocate to Cowlitz County.
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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 many other thriving businesses.
Burlington Northern and Union Pacific/Santa Fe Railroads serve the region alongside three ports. Two of which are international shipping ports within the deep-water channel of the Columbia River, opening a direct route for domestic and Pacific Rim trade. Additionally marine development is underway at the third port. Interstate-5 bisects Cowlitz County, providing a passageway for trucking intercontinentally. Cowlitz County is home to the Southwest Washington Regional airport for small aircraft and Portland International Airport is located a short just 45 minutes away for freight and commercial use.
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 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.
The CEDC attracts the attention of decision-makers throughout the region, state, and country. 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 from elected officials, regional and state offices, workforce experts, contractors, developers and more.
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.
Cowlitz County has a strong business environment, centrally located within Washington, with access to a range of transportation alternatives, giving your business an affordable advantage.
As the main source of industrial property in Cowlitz County, our three ports have both the infrastructure and expertise needed for successful development.
Cowlitz County has something for everyone - biking, hiking, fishing, hunting, boating, sports, festivals, arts, theater and so much more!