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INSIDE: A Busy Year Right Here in River City.
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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:

January:

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.

February:

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.

March:

Northern Wasco County PUD conducted a load study of The Dalles Marina preliminary to rebuilding the electrical service to the Marina. 

May:

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.

June:

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 PrMid-Columbia Producers Grain Elevatorsoducers 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).

July:

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.

August:

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.

September:

The Port completed revamp of the City of Dufur's website. Besides The Dalles, Dufur is the only other city in the Port District, so the Port sometimes assists with economic development-related projects. Website revamp was one of the key projects on Dufur's marketing and strategic plans, two other projects for which the Port and the Wasco County Economic Development Commission provided technical assistance during 2016 and 2017.

October:

Columbia Veterinary Clinic broke ground on its new veterinary clinic at the Columbia Gorge Industrial Center on RiverTrail Way.

Crestline Construction completed the grading and parking lot paving for the expanded Klindt Cove Kiwanis Park.

November-December:

The Port continues to get inquiries about locating new businesses in The Dalles, working with owners and developers to meet their needs wherever possible.

December:

The Port awarded consultant Matthew Buck a contract to develop a comprehensive feasibility study for a Food Learning and Business Center in The Dalles. The project will be funded in part by a grant from USDA Rural Development. Existing industrial space for any purpose is in short supply in the Columbia Gorge. Food production is one of the core traded sector industries at the Port.

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