January 18, 2024
Rebekah Huber
Port Receives $100,000 Planning Grant for Tekoa Property

Funding will support critical site readiness factors and prepare property for next steps in development

TEKOA (January 18, 2024) — The Port of Whitman County received a $100,000 planning grant today from the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board to identity site readiness barriers, solutions and costs in the Port’s Tekoa development site location. 

In 2023, the Port acquired the plot for industrial real estate development and completed an environmental site assessment and topsoil cleanup. This grant supports the Port’s work in preparing the property for future developments; funding covers additional readiness costs such as identifying road access and the availability of utilities. 

Grant funding also will go toward a marketing strategy for the Tekoa development, including economic development analysis and identification of target industries. 

“As Whitman County’s Associate Development Organization, the Port is dedicated to recruiting new businesses to Whitman County, helping existing businesses thrive and providing resources to entrepreneurs and businesses in our area,” said Port Commission President Tom Kammerzell. “This Community Economic Revitalization Board grant allows us to take the Tekoa site one step closer to these goals. We are grateful for their partnership.” 

The Port anticipates the planning grant study contracts will be finalized in March 2024 and completed in December 2024. 




The Port of Whitman County is dedicated to improving the quality of life for all citizens of Whitman County through industrial real estate development, preservation of multi-modal transportation, facilitation of economic development and provision of on-water recreational opportunities. We invite you to explore our website and learn more about our port and the wonderful Palouse region we call home; a great place to live and a better place to work.