Whitman News

Whitman CountyWhether you are looking for the peace and quiet of the rural life, or the thrill and energy of arts and culture, you can find it all in Whitman County.
Historically an agricultural region, the county is large, the size of Rhode Island. From the dry expanses of the west, to the pine covered terrain to the east, the undulating hills explode with crops of ripening peas, barley, wheat and other dry land crops making the landscape as diverse as the people who live here.



The community of Pullman, located in the Palouse Region of southeast Washington and surrounding the campus of Washington State University, is alive with culture, arts and sports activities comparable to any found in big cities. Among the smaller communities with pioneer pasts, historical buildings blend with today’s modern lifestyles. Recreational opportunities abound in the region with easy access to county and stateparks, including boating, skiing, and fishing on the world famous Snake River nearby.

Great schools, excellent healthcare, safe communities, clean air, little traffic and affordable housing in a beautiful four-season climate create an environment where families and businesses can thrive. Whitman County, the perfect place to call home.


Whitman County Initiatives:

Palouse Knowledge Corridor

Palouse Knowledge CorridorTwo research universities at your doorstep and a cluster of high-tech innovative industries makes the Palouse Knowledge Corridor the place to do business. The PKC represents the best in research, science, and cutting-edge businesses located in the geographic region known as the Palouse: Where Innovation Meets Opportunity.

Be the Entrepreneur Bootcamp

BTE-stampThis five-day bootcamp-style training is designed for entrepreneurs who desire to boost their business concepts and and grow their business while enjoying the amenities of the Palouse Region. Participants will leave with a well-developed business model, vetted by industry experts, and will make new connections with entrepreneurs and business leaders. Participants will attend industry specific workshops performed by recognized experts, hear national keynote presenters, work one on one with a designated mentor to move your idea/business forward. The Bootcamp will focus on the three industry tracks (Value-Added Agriculture,  Health, and Technology) for each stage of development including concept, early-stage, and growth.

 Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition

The Palouse-Clearwater Food Coalition is a community based initiative bringing a collaborative, grassroots approach to growing the local food system by addressing: the growth in local food through integrated projects; connectivity; and, supporting local farmers to educators, policy makers, local businesses and consumers.


Sarah McKnight , Whitman County Managing Director

409 N. Main Suite 2 |  Colfax, WA 99111  | 509-288-1317 


Whitman County Statistics:


Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport
Lewiston-Nez Perce County Regional Airport
Spokane International Airport
General Aviation and Private Airports

Motor Freight
Several major motor freight companies service Whitman County. Numerous regional and local trucking companies offer service connecting the Palouse to the Pacific Northwest hub and beyond.

Major Highways
State Highway 26 connects Whitman County to Interstate 90 and the Seattle Metro area to the west. State Highway 195 makes connections to destinations north and south, and State Highway 270 connects the major retail areas of Pullman and Moscow, Idaho. Nearly 2,000 miles of county roads are maintained by county road crews and connect communities throughout the region. Discover the many hidden gems in this geologically rich area on the Palouse Scenic Byway. This route includes touches of history, tales that have withstood time, and the beauty and bounty of the Palouse.

Inland Port Facilities
The Port of Whitman manages inland industrial sites in Pullman, and Colfax and on-water facilities at the Port of Wilma near Clarkston, Port of Central Ferry and at the Port of Almota. The latter three offer access to shipping on the Columbia/ Snake River system. Rail access serves many areas.


High Speed Internet Access

Safety Services

Police Service
Washington State Patrol, Whitman County Sheriff’s Department, and local police departments provide police service throughout the county.

Fire Department
Fourteen fire districts and two city fire departments operate in the county.

Emergency Medical Services
Emergency Medical Technicians and first responders operate ambulances out of most locations. Ambulances make runs to Pullman, Colfax and Spokane area hospitals. Air ambulance service also serves the area out of Spokane. Northwest MedStar offers an affordable membership program that shields people from emergency air transport costs not covered by health insurance.

911 Service
All emergencies are routed through WHITCOM, a regional Enhanced 911 service, located at the Port of Whitman’s Pullman Industrial Park.


Pullman Regional Hospital – Pullman, WA
Whitman Hospital and Medical Center – Colfax, WA
Gritman Medical Center – Moscow, ID

Medical Clinics, Assisted Living and Nursing Home Facilities exist in numerous locations throughout the county.