Employment Opportunities

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Broadband Feasibility Study Documents

The Port retained Magellan Advisors to document Walla Walla’s current broadband environment and to determine if public deployment of broadband infrastructure in the Walla Walla Valley is warranted. Access to broadband high-speed connectivity to the internet is becoming essential economic infrastructure. Progressive communities are deploying the latest broadband technology to maintain their economic competitiveness.

A public workshop session was held on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. in the Walla Walla Regional Airport Conference Room. Magellan Advisors made a public presentation on their findings. 

Broadband Feasibility Study: Released June 15, 2015 Pages 1-50

Broadband Feasibility Study: Released June 15, 2015 Pages 51- 86

Broadband Feasibility Study Appendix C: Released June 15, 2015

Broadband Feasibility Study Presentation: July 9, 2015 Meeting

Burbank Sewer Transmission System

Introduction

Burbank Sewer Transmission System

In 2014 & 2015 the Port of Walla Walla constructed a sewer transmission pipeline from Burbank to the City of Pasco's Sewer treatment plant. The project included directional drilling some 80 feet under the Snake River to install a high pressure sewer line. Two lift stations have been constructed in Burbank to pump the sewer to Pasco. Eventually, a third lift station will be constructed.

In additon to eliminating problems related to the use of septic tanks in Burbank, the new transmission system should help spur economic development in the area. The Columbia School District was the first customer to connect to the sewer system.

The Port is now operating a sewer utility enterprise in Burbank. The Port has established a capital connection fee schedule and monthly sewer treatment fees schedule that are paid directly to the Port. The Port in turn pays the City of Pasco directly for all sewer delivered into their system.

 

Sewer Fee Schedule

Map - Current Sewer Service Area (Important Note)

Water & Sewer Utility Agreement

Port of Walla Walla & City of Pasco Service Agreement

Port of Walla Walla & City of Pasco Pretreatment Agreement

WALLA WALLA AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

2018

2017

  • Walla Walla featured in "Where to Retire Magazine" as a top retirement destination in the November/December 2017 issue
  • Top 50 most searched destinations under 65,000 population – moveBuddha.com, a relocation assistance service
  • Downtown Walla Walla Foundation received an Economic Vitality award from Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

  • 20 Best Romantic Vacations in America for a Couples' Getaway - Tripadvisor

  • 15 Relaxing Fall Getaways - Travel Channel

  • Whitman College ranks 47th in Kiplinger's Personal Finance's 300 Best College Values for 2018

2016

  • Complete Streets Award from Washington Transportation Improvement Board 
  • Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community designation  
  • Ranked 104th out of 200 for Best Small Places for Business and Careers by Forbes
  • Received 23rd Tree City USA Award
  • Parks & Recreation Department received the Washington Recreation and Park Association’s Spotlight Program Excellence Award in the category of Arts and Cultural Services for the Gentleman of the Road Stopover
  • Finalist for Best Food Town category of the Sunset Travel Awards, along with Portland, Oregon; St. Helena, California; and Santa Fe, New Mexico.

  • Port of Walla Walla Snake River Wastewater Crossing Project received a “Best in State: Silver Award for Successful Fulfillment of Client/Owner Needs” from the American Council of Engineering (ACEC)
  • Whitman College received a top 10 spot on Forbe's America's Top Colleges for 2016-2017 academic year.

2015

  • The Foodie's 5 Must-See Wine Country Destinations - Wine Enthusiast

  • Sunset Magazine Best Food Town finalist with Portland, Oregon; Berkeley, California; and Las Vegas, Nevada. 
  • Lifetime of GMA Achievement Award for excellence in city planning awarded by Governor Jay Inslee
  • Named Breathtaking Wine Country Destination by Fit Travel by Shape
  • Named one of the 10 Most Beautiful Town in Washington by The Culture Trip
  • Named one of the 15 Most Underrated Cities in the USA by Global Yodel
  • Ranked 33rd out of more than 1,300 places as Best Small City in the US by NerdWallet
  • Featured as Wine with a Splash of Sunshine by 425 Magazine

  • Selected as one of the 2015 Gentlemen of the Roads Stopovers

 2014

  • Downtown Walla Walla Foundation's Residential Guidelines was recognized as an Outstanding Special Project by Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

  • One of the 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations – Wine Enthusiast Magazine
  • One of the 24 Best Places to Live and Work – Sunset Magazine
  • Excellence on Main Award from the Washington State Main Street Program
  • Washington State Governor’s Smart Communities Award
  • Named one of the Top 6 Affordable Wine Regions in the US by Bankrate.com

 2013

  • Finalist for America’s Best Small Town for Food in Rand McNally’s Best of the Road competition
  • Fodor’s lists Walla Walla in 10 Best Small Towns in America
  • Received 19th Tree City USA Award
  • Walla Walla Police Department Merit Award for Masonry from the Masonry Industry Promotions Group
  • Walla Walla named as semifinalist for Smart 21 Intelligent Communities

  • Walla Walla Community College named Top Community College in Nation - by the Aspen Institute

2012

  • "Travel + Leisure" magazine list of America's Prettiest Winter Towns

  • American Planning Association names Walla Walla in Top Ten Greatest Neighborhoods
  • Community Facilities Award from the Infrastructure Assistance Coordinating Council
  • The Daily Meal names Walla Walla one of the Country’s eight Best Small Towns for Food
  • Finalist for America’s Best Small Town for Food in Rand McNally’s Best of the Road Competition
  • Municipal Excellence in Public Works Award for Infrastructure Repair and Replacement Plan from Association of Washington Cities
  • One of the five global finalists for Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Region of the Year Award
  • Tyler Public Sector Excellence Award from Tyler Technologies
  • Tonique Magazine Names Walla Walla as Most Authentic Wine Region in America
  • Wastewater Treatment Plant Outstanding Performance from Washington State Department of Ecology

  • Charles Smith World Headquarters received an Outstanding Design or Rehabilitation award from Washington Trust for Historic Preservation

2011

  • Friendliest Town in the Country – USA Today
  • Friendliest Small Town in America – Rand McNally
  • One of the Five Best Small Towns in America – USA Today
  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association
  • Going Above & Beyond in Drinking Water Award from the Washington State Department of Health
  • State of Washington Governor’s Smart Communities Award for the Washington Park Gathering Place project

2010

  • America’s New Wine Capital – The Today Show
  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association
  • Government Fleet Magazine awards the Fleet Services Division with the Environmental Leadership Award

2009

  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association
  • Named one of The West’s 20 Best Small Town – Sunset Magazine

  • Governor's Smart Communities Award for Urban Area Comprehensive Plan 

2008

  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association

2007

  • Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association

2006

  • Top 5 Places to Retire – CNNMoney.com
  • Port of Walla Walla receives "Port of the Year Award" by the Washington Public Ports Association
  • Port of Walla Walla receives the Governor's Economic & Workforce Development Award

2005

  • ESRI Special Achievement in Geographic Information Systems
  • Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Award – National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • 2005 Wine Destination of the Year – Sunset Magazine  

2004

  • Best Economic Restructuring Story – Department of Community Trade and Economic Development

  • Downtown nominated for the 2005 Preserve America Presidential Award
  • Received its 10th Tree City USA Award and its 4th Tree Grow Award

2002

  • One of 12 national Distinctive Destinations –  National Trust for Historic Preservation
  • The West’s Best Place to Live  – Sunset Magazine

  • Best Main Street  – Sunset Magazine

2001

  • Arbor Day Award – the Washington Arbor Day Council

  • Great American Main Street Award – National Trust for Historic Preservation 

2000

  • Semi-Finalist for the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Great American Main Street Award

1999

  • City receives Honorable Mention from National Trust for Historic Preservation 

1996

  • Named One of the 100 Best Small Art Towns in America in a book by John Villani, John Muir Publications