The Port of The Dalles is preparing for the possibility of an international trade mission in September, with the possibility of more in the future.
The port commission unanimously approved a resolution authorizing the port to send representation as part of an international trade mission “to foster mutually beneficial trade relations and business opportunities in The Dalles, Oregon.”
The resolution also mentioned the importance of sister state and sister city relations to the local economy.
Under the resolution, “reasonable expenses” (food, travel, lodging) may be paid by third-party trade interests.
An earlier resolution was passed with similar wording to allow the port’s executive director to travel under the same conditions, but the new resolution expands that opportunity to all port employees and elected officials.
The language of the resolution is similar to one prepared at the city. Both Mayor Steve Lawrence and Port Executive Director Andrea Klaas are contemplating a trade mission to China in September to meet business interests considering an investment in The Dalles.
“My understanding is they will want representatives on their level in our hierarchy from the port and the city to participate in a discussion for potential Chinese investment in the community,” Klaas said. “We will meet as a potential partnership-building exercise.”
Similar expectations are common within the Japan business community, Klaas said.
“How much will they pay for and how much will we pay for,” asked Commissioner Kristi McCavic.
“Undetermined,” Klaas responded.
According to port attorney Bill Dick, as such travel opportunities arise they would still require approval from the port commission, or possibly on short notice from the executive director and the commission president.