Our Mission

To enhance the economic environment in the Washington County, Ohio region through leadership and collaborative, innovative partnerships to retain existing jobs, recruit new companies and redevelop sites in order to provide a growing, vibrant economy.

Sites & Buildings

From a 1000 acre property with river access to a small downtown storefront, the Port Authority Sites and Buildings Site Selector Tool and Property Showcase feature area properties to host your business.

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Why The Mid-Ohio Valley

Widely recognized as a world leader in plastics and polymer production, the region boasts skilled labor, great proximity to established and emerging markets, and the quality of life markers that other communities envy. See what sets us apart.

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Director's Blog

How do we create new sites for development…………..Critical Path Examination

In recent weeks much has been said about the dearth in shovel ready sites in our region. Last evening my partner across the river Lindsey Kerr-Piersol continued to bang the drum about the need for sites that can be quickly obtained and developed for future business. “We lost or passed on to other counties several […]

Budget Season=Transparency Time

We at the port are a quasi-governmental agency. We are funded via direct contributions from interested parties in the community and via a contribution from the Board of County Commissioners. This set up is not unlike what is in existence in most of the U.S. Economic development agencies have a variety of funding streams, most […]

Why scaling up the City of Marietta and Parkersburg is so important

Last week CityLab ran an article titled, The Comeback of the Mid-Sized American City It was a great analysis of how the three major cities in the U.S. are shedding citizens at an alarming rate and cities that are mid-size (100,000 to 250,000) were netting those migrants. The article also spoke to the “Rise of […]

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