Port Role in the Community
Jobs and the Economy
Port of Vancouver USA plays a key role in our local and regional economy. The port makes investments in our facilities and leverages these improvements with private investment and other funding to attract jobs and development in Vancouver. Port facilities are leased to customers and tenants that generate jobs, infuse business into the economy, contribute to state and local taxes and provide our region with access to the global marketplace.
Approximately 2,300 people go to work each day directly for port businesses, earning an average salary of over $43,000—nearly $99 million in total annual personal income for port jobs. These are local jobs, with 75 percent of employees living in Clark County. The port hopes to add thousands of jobs within the next 15-20 years as additional maritime and industrial land is developed.
The port’s West Vancouver Freight Access rail project will generate over 4,000 construction jobs and more than $71 million in personal income over the life of the project, which is scheduled to be completed by 2017.
Overall Economic Benefits
Over 15,500 jobs are related to maritime and industrial activities at the port. Some jobs are created by manufacturers sited on the port’s industrial property. Others are related to the maritime and shipping industries. It is estimated that port activities inject $940 million into Clark County business revenue annually, with a total economic impact of $1.6 billion to our local and regional economy.
As a regional economic development engine, the Port of Vancouver participates in various studies. See below for several examples.
2011 Port of Vancouver economic impact studies measuring jobs, salary, tax generation and revenue
- The Local and Regional Economic Impacts of the Vancouver Harbor, 2010
- The Local and Regional Economic Impacts of the Port of Vancouver Non-Maritime Real Estate Tenants, 2010
- The Local and Regional Economic Impacts of the Port of Vancouver Marine Terminals and Non-Maritime Real Estate Tenants, 2010
Port of Vancouver truck volumes and routes and travel times
- Port of Vancouver Truck Route Study, University of Washington, Executive Summary, 2011
- Port of Vancouver Truck Route Study, University of Washington, Final Report, 2011
- Port of Vancouver Freight Route Delay Analysis Memo, 2008
Regional Trade Studies
Port of Vancouver & Portland Trade Capacity study and commodity flow