The port works closely with local government, Grays harbor College, and the Pacific County Economic Development Council to provide a full range of business and workforce services.
Equipment and machinery are taxed in Pacific County at same rate as real estate property tax, plus leasehold tax levied by the state is 12.84% of monthly rental fees. Both the City of Raymond and Washington State also levy a Business and Occupation tax. There is no state income tax in Washington, but the county’s state retail sales tax rate is 7.8%.
CenturyTel Telephone Company provides local telephone service, and Pacific County PUD District #2, Olynet, and CenturyTel are local internet service providers. In addition to normal dial-up, 56k access to the internet throughout the county, DSL high-speed access through either 256k or 512k circuits is also available at the Port of Willapa Harbor facilities in Raymond.
Pacific County PUD District #2 electricity rates are structured according to the type and size of the customer. They include general service small, large, and metered commercial rates, plus small and large industrial rates, each of which is divided into basic service, energy usage, and demand charges. “For a non-generating utility,” says Tim Pettit, the PUD’s Willapa Operations Manager, “our rates are very competitive. In fact, they are lower than any of the surrounding utility districts in this part of the state.”Read more: Electrical Utilities
Grays Harbor Community College in Aberdeen operates an extension facilitiy in Raymond with a full schedule of introductory college level courses, including those applying toward a 4-year degree through Washington State University.Read more: Training Opportunities
In addition to the full range of banking services provided by Bank of the Pacifc, Bank of America, Raymond Federal Savings Bank, and Great Northwest Federal Credit Union in Raymond, ShoreBank Pacific—with offices in Ilwaco—offers a variety of business loan programs designed specifically to help promote local business.Read more: Business Financing Options
Highway 101, the main north/south coastal highway through Washington to Oregon and California passes through Raymond and borders all three of the Port’s industrial parks.
Aberdeen/Hoquiam is 25 minutes North, and Astoria is about an hour South. Interstate 5, the main north/south freeway connecting Seattle and Portland is a 1 hour drive to the East. Regional trucking companies schedule regular routes through Raymond, and overnight UPS ground shipment is available from either Seattle or Portland.
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