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Economic Development

The Port of The Dalles is an Oregon special district that works to create jobs and recruit businesses by developing industrial lands. The Dalles has a long history as a regional trade center and as a hub for river, rail, and road transportation. Located in the scenic Columbia River Gorge, The Dalles is an ideal location that offers both a rural setting and the convenience of modern infrastructure. Since 1933, the Port of The Dalles has been dedicated to the growth of industry and jobs in this unique region. The Port of The Dalles current strategic focus areas include industrial land development, traded sector business retention and recruitment and community development.

Visit our partner Mid-Columbia Economic Development District for additional local and regional economic information and resources.

A Vision Forward

The Port routinely analyzes the local and regional economy to help capture emerging industry trends and markets. To this end, the Port regularly updates its strategic plan. Through this process, commissioners and staff engage community leaders and industry experts to help guide short-term and long-term decision-making processes. For more information, please contact staff.

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The Oregon Advantage

Oregon is recognized for having a skilled workforce, low energy costs, competitive tax structure, and creative incentives. Port of The Dalles will assist your business in recognizing all the benefits associated with The Oregon Advantage. For more information, visit Business Oregon and learn or contact us on how to grow your business in Oregon.

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The Dalles looking north from Sorosis Park
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The Dalles at dusk looking north from Sorosis Park
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The Dalles and Mt. Hood looking south from Washington