Port of The Dalles representatives are scheduling meetings this fall and winter with the traded sector businesses that make up the core of the Port Industrial Area and serve as the foundation of the local economy.
By producing and shipping goods out of the county, these businesses bring income into the county that is used to pay workers and support our accustomed level of local services. Examples of these businesses include Precision Lumber, Mid-Columbia Producers, Oregon Cherry Growers and Powder Pure.
“In essence, these businesses feed the local economy with revenue from outside the area,” said Andrea Klaas, Port Executive Director. “The income they bring into Wasco County allows their employees to live and shop here, supports local tradesmen and shopkeepers, and generates taxes to support local services.”
Through the Port’s business visits, we look for ways to help retain and enhance the existing business base. For example, reports of challenges finding qualified workers formed the justification for organizing the Gorge Works internship and apprenticeship program.
“The idea is to build more awareness of the many well-paying job opportunities available in the Gorge, and help potential workers connect with some really good jobs,” Andrea said.
We ask about long-range plans and look for ways we can assist in those efforts. That may mean identifying land for expansion, advocating for the business in regulatory situations, or brainstorming solutions to business challenges.
“Part of the Port’s mission is retention and expansion of the existing business base,” Andrea said. “That’s why it is important that we stay informed on how they are doing and the needs they may have.”