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Transportation: Skamania County is served by two major east-west highways: the Lewis & Clark Highway (WA State Route 14) and the Interstate 84 freeway corridor (on the Oregon side of the Columbia River). As the density of development in the Portland-Vancouver metropolitan area (only 45 miles away) increases, more firms are seeking out the lower cost, less congested and high amenity locations in communities within commuting distance of the metro area.

Portland International Airport is a full service airport located only 30 miles to the west. Fourteen major commercial carriers, three regional airlines and 18 all-cargo carriers serve the airport (PDX). I-84 provides congestion-free, east-west freeway travel through the National Scenic Area year-round, making the Gorge more accessible to PDX than many places in the Portland metro area.

Burlington Northern Railroad provides freight service in Skamania County. Industrial team track and reload facilities for the Union Pacific Railroad are located in Cascade Locks, Oregon less than 5 miles away.

Utilities: Skamania County Public Utility District is the service provider for residential, commercial and industrial power consumers in Skamania County. The utility's status as a PUD and a preferential customer of the BPA provides for a virtually unlimited supply of low cost, highly reliable hydroelectric power. Two natural gas suppliers serve Skamania County. Northwest Natural Gas serves the community of Carson and the city of North Bonneville. The Washington Water Power Company serves the city of Stevenson. Abundant supplies of gas are expected to be available into the foreseeable future.

Water and Sewer: There are four publicly owned water systems in Skamania County. The cities of Stevenson and North Bonneville have municipal water systems. Skamania County PUD owns and operates two public water systems; one in Carson and one in Underwood. The remainder of the county is served by small community systems and individual wells.

Sewer systems are located in Stevenson and North Bonneville. All other areas of the county are on septic tank systems.

 


Electrical costs in Skamania County are among the lowest in the United States.


Businesses in Stevenson have access on the new Northwest Open Access Network fiber optic loop.


The Portland International Airport serves more than 13 million passengers annually and over a quarter million tons of air cargo.

Telecommunications: Skamania County receives telecommunications service from Sprint and the Northwest Open Access Network (NOANET). 100% of the lines in service in the entire county are served with advanced, digital switching that allows for a broad range of business products and services. These services include digital PBX and key systems, wireless key systems, and centrex services, as well as high speed private line data transmission, video conferencing and LAN installation and management. Basic business rates start at less than $20 per month and residential monthly rates are under $10. Connection charges vary by type of line.

Access to both NOANET and Sprint networks are available through-out downtown Stevenson and at the Port's industrial and commercial properties located on the waterfront. These two separate telecommunication networks provide the redundancy and reliability comparable to larger metropolitan areas.