A Busy 2018 Right Here in River City
Lest you think that the ONLY thing that happens at the Port of The Dalles Industrial Area is sale of land for industrial development, we invite you to think again!
Yes, we do have land -- about 25 acres still available for sale, though some is on short-term lease right now. But quite a lot of other things have been happening throughout 2018 around the Port. Here are a few:
We made portofthedalles.com a more accessible place to visit. Adding searchable PDFs and better subject tagging will help both people who need assistive technology and those who don't to find what they need on the Port's website.
We used funding from a Special Districts Association of Oregon safety grant to Increase safety at the Port offices and Marina with new flammable liquid storage cabinets and crash doors.
Northern Wasco County PUD conducted a load study of The Dalles Marina preliminary to rebuilding the electrical service to the Marina.
The Port received an Oregon State Marine Board Facility Grant for guest moorage pumpout and dump station replacement at The Dalles Marina.
A multi-jurisdictional mass rescue operation was based at The Dalles Marina.
The Port won an economic development grant from Northern Wasco County PUD to install the electrical portion of the expansion project at Klindt Cove Kiwanis Park. The Port has added more than an acre of land to the park's profile and an Oregon Parks and Recreation Department grant is helping to pay for improvements including landscaping, parking lot expansion, a covered picnic area, butterfly garden and active play equipment. Northern Wasco County Parks and Recreation District is also a partner in the project. (Top photo)
The Erland family, owners of Fun Country Power Sports, purchased both the former AP Recycling site and the former Bent River restaurant. They will use the recycling property as an extension of their existing retail operation. The restaurant is now catering space while the pub, now known as the Bargeway Pub, is open for lunch and dinner.
Mid-Columbia Producers made it official, purchasing the Port's grain elevator property, which they have been leasing for two decades.
The Hattenhauer family purchased the former Shell station at Second and Webber streets and opened it as a store and card-lock gas station with the goal of serving the many workers and fleet vehicles in the Port of The Dalles Industrial Area. The Second Street Market has a deli as well as a beer cave (pictured).
The Port of The Dalles loaned the City of Dufur money to repair and improve its water system, which had been a key barrier to growth in Dufur.
Gorge Works wrapped up it's pilot year, with a handful of successful internships and professional development workshops. As soon as the interns headed off to colleges and new jobs, we began planning to expand the program for the Summer 2019 internship year. This year's application period is open now with more jobs and more businesses involved. Pictured, Miron Kosovan, an intern at SDS Lumber Co., tries on volunteer firefighter turnouts and equipment during a Gorge Works Professional Development Workshop on volunteerism.
A fire did serious damage at Precision Lumber Co. and put the rest of the industrial area on Level 2 evacuation for one afternoon. No other businesses were damaged.
The Port also completed a promotional video "Why the Columbia Gorge?" spotlighting available industrial land at the Port and the Columbia Gorge Regional Airport, below. The Port works with the airport to cross-market properties.