Why The Palouse Is A Great Place To Do Business
What Is The Palouse?
It has been called one of the seven wonders of Washington State. Geographically it is bounded by southeastern Washington State, northern Idaho and parts of northeast Oregon. A major agricultural, viticulture, and technology area, it is also home to two land grant universities (Washington State University and University of Idaho) situated 8 miles apart across the state line between Pullman, Washington, and Moscow, Idaho. Photographers, birdwatchers, and those who love the outdoors make annual treks to experience the region’s seasonal features.
Why choose the Palouse for your business?
Matching its scenic, agricultural and educational attractions are the Palouse’s business climate, well-educated workforce, and small-town feel along with high tech, bioanalytical, and outdoor recreational industry clusters, as well as an emerging entrepreneurial ecosystem that is as unique as its natural beauties.
Business Friendly Support From Governmental & Educational Leaders
Washington State University
Support structure for businesses to succeed
According to United States census data from 2011-2015, when compared to the five largest cities in their states, Pullman, WA and Moscow, ID rank #1 in highest percentages of college-educated persons, lowest median monthly housing rent, and shortest commute times to work.
- Pullman Regional Airport (PUW) broke ground in 2016 on a 5-year runway upgrade project in 2016 which when completed will give PUW the same FAA ratings as Spokane International Airport.
- Bus service in Pullman/Moscow supports over 1.5 million riders/year
- 2013 study reports,
“The state’s freight rail industry provides benefits to the state, including employment and tax benefits. Also, it provides a vital mode of transportation to support goods movement industries, such as manufacturing, construction, agriculture, wholesale trade and retail trade.”
- The Port of Lewiston Idaho
“provides the largest crane and warehouse facility on the inland river system. The Lewis-Clark Terminal, a privately-owned business adjacent to the Port, provides the largest grain storage facilities on the river system.” Located 465 miles from the Pacific Ocean, it is the most inland port on the west coast and an important conduit for international shipping into and out of the Palouse.
High-Speed Internet Infrastructure
Established business technology, agriculture, healthcare and outdoor recreational clusters
- Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. (SEL)
- Alturas Analytics
- Regional Wine Entrepreneurs
- Badger Braces
- Culinary Tourism Venues & Farmer’s Markets
- Northwest River Supply
- Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI)
- Decagon Devices
- Amplicon Express
- Palouse Discovery Science Center
- Hinrichs Trading Company
Why Businesses & Employees Choose The Palouse?
- Washington State University, University of Idaho, area school districts and hospitals, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Bennett Lumber Products, Economic Modeling Specialists International, and any number of small and medium-sized local businesses.
Award-winning K-12 Education
Activities For All Four Seasons
- College and high school sporting events
- Hunting, fishing, hiking, rafting, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, horseback riding, mountain biking, boating, private aircraft facilities, and instruction, etc.
- Bicycle tourism
- Pullman community awards – 20 of Washington’s safest cities, safest college towns, best college town neighborhoods for adults, best place to raise children, a walk to work community, healthiest county, fastest growing cities in Washington, top 30 high schools in Washington and others.
- Moscow community awards – environmentally friendly construction practices, water-efficient landscaping, best values in public colleges, top 20 farmer’s markets in America, ten best college towns, ten best towns in Idaho to live, award-winning parks and recreational facilities, bicycle-friendly city and others.