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Business Assistance & Resources + Resource Documents

The following information is intended to assist site selectors and prospective business interested in locating a business in the area. Please contact the Port office for more detailed information.


Fees/Permit Waivers and Reductions
Fee: SDC
Reduction Criteria: up to 50%
Criteria: Based on job creation

Real Estate Incentives
Employee Creation Credit
Credit of $2,500/new employee, up to $60,000
For Port-owned property only, requires Port Commission approval

Financing Incentives

Port of The Dalles
Rate: 5% – 8%
Term: Varies
Conditions: Needs to be Port property, job creation, benefit to the community, overall project investment

Oregon Investment Board
Term: 10 years
Conditions: Job creation, economy diversification, increase tax base, some grant dollars available

Mid Columbia Economic Development District
Rate: Varies
Term: Varies
Conditions: This organization administers federal funding programs

State of Oregon
Rate: Varies
Term: Varies
Conditions: The State has a variety of programs available through Business Oregon.

Property Tax Abatement

Enterprise Zone
Term: 3-5 years
Conditions: Based on job creation


Supplied by: City of The Dalles 
Service: 12 inches to all Port properties
Capacity: 3,000,000 gpd
Surface and groundwater
Source: The Dalles Municipal Watershed and one or more of the City’s 3 wells
Storage Capacity: 267 million gallons

100% Digital Switching
Fiber Optic trunk lines
Switched 56 KBPS
911: Yes
High Capacity Digital (T-1)
The Dalles is host to the region’s voice circuit switch
Provider: CenturyLink

Northern Wasco PUD
Service: 3 phase 60Hz
Supplied at: 120/280Y volt or 277/480Y volt
1500 KVA can be served on short notice.

Natural Gas
Supplied by: NW Natural 
Supply: 30 psi to all Port properties
Capacity: Unlimited

Local Service Providers: 5
Full range of Services: Dial-up, T1, Microwave
Reliability of Internet Service Providers: 99.998%
Open access fiber loop

Sanitary Sewer
Supplied by: City of The Dalles
Service: 8 inch line to all Port properties
capacity: 850,000 gpd
storm water handled by a separate system

Development Ordinances & Permitting

For information on local zoning and land use development ordinances, please see the following:

Commercial Recreational Zone PDFCommercial/Light Industrial Zone PDFIndustrial Zone PDF

The City of The Dalles is within Wasco County, Oregonand has a Mayoral type of government with a City Manager and a 5 member City Council. The City Council meets twice monthly and has an annual budget of $18 million.

    Protective Services

    City Police
    Chief of Police – Jay Waterbury
    313 Court St
    The Dalles, Oregon 97058
    (541) 296-2613
    The City Police has 23 sworn officers

    County Sheriff – Rick Eiesland
    511 Washington St
    The Dalles, Oregon 97058
    (541) 506-2580
    The Sheriff’s Department has 17 sworn officers and deputies.

    Fire & Ambulance

    Mid Columbia Fire and Rescue
    Mid-Columbia Fire and Rescue is governed by a five-member board of directors, elected at large from the service area.

    The district has 25 career employees. Operations are managed by a fire chief who in turn is assisted by three division chiefs, an office manager and a part-time office clerk. Line staff includes three captains, three lieutenants and 15 firefighters. The District also relies on its dedicated force of about 15 to 20 volunteers and its cadet program made up of 15-18-year-old high school students.