DAYTON -- Port of Columbia Manager Jennie Dickinson offered an update last week on Blue Mountain Station, the Port's long-term business strategy.
Blue Mountain Station is billed as the "world's only food-tourism destination of its kind" in a brochure Dickinson distributed.
It will be located on 28 acres just west of Dayton along U.S. Highway 12. Groundbreaking on the first phase of the project is anticipated this spring, with a call for bids going out this month.
The next phases of the project will not be started until phase one is in use, Dickinson said.
Dickinson also discussed a list she compiled of the county's largest employers. Topping the list is Ski Bluewood, with 186 employees, although 180 of those are part time and/or seasonal. Columbia County Health System has the most full-time workers, with 124, plus 10 part time employees.
Dayton Public Schools and Columbia County share third and fourth rankings, with the school district employing a total of 97 people, with 57 full-time and 40 part-time wokers. The county has more full-time employees, at 75, but 11 part time employees, for a total of 86 employees.
Ranking fifth is Warren Orchard, with 59 employees, 57 of them seasonal.
Ranking sixth is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Little Goose Dam, with 53 full-time employees.
The seventh-largest employer is the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, with 31 full time employees and 20 part time. Eighth is Broughton Land Company, with 45 employees, 10 of them full time. Vestas Americas is ninth, with 31 employees, and Senca Foods Corporation employs 23 full-time workers, for the 10th spot.
Dickinson said this the list is not complete. One company that was contacted did not respond, and one company did not wish to be listed.