The Cascade Square Shopping Center celebrated the completion of its major renovation project with a ribbon-cutting and other festivities on Sept. 16, and now the merchants are hoping the changes make a difference in their bottom line.
Klickitat County has the third fastest-growing income in Washington State, ranking 214th among counties in the country, according to a report issued by Smart Asset, a company specializing in financial data analysis. Under the heading “Most Paycheck Friendly Places,” SmartAsset lists Klickitat County as having an average semi-monthly paycheck of $1,687.
Businesses throughout the Columbia Gorge have experienced impacts as a consequence of the Eagle Creek Fire and resulting closures of Interstate 84, including loss in customers, increased transportation costs, difficulty getting supply deliveries and challenges transporting products to market.
The Dalles City Council held a special work session Monday to gather public input about whether the funding formula for lodging taxes should be changed, or if the current dispersal adequately supported tourism and marketing activities. “We decided it was a good time to look toward the future,” said Mayor Steve Lawrence.
TD company will focus on training
It’s only natural that “Gorge Works,” a technical career internship program organized by the Port of the Dalles and Columbia Gorge Community College, will have its formal kickoff on Oct. 6. That’s because Oct. 6 is “Manufacturing Day” in the United States, a day for celebration of “modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers.”
The Blue Zones Project, a three-year well-being initiative begun in The Dalles this past spring, has hired its four locally-based staffers.
Celebration of reopening scheduled Nov. 10 to 12
With work on the exterior of the Granada Theater almost complete, the owners of the historic, 1929-era theater are ready to schedule a “Grand Opening Gala” in November. Mayor Steve Lawrence said the work on the theater has been transformational.
It has been a very difficult few months for businesses in The Dalles and around the Columbia River Gorge area.
Mosier resident taking Tygh Valley startup on a new path
Tygh Valley is becoming a little bit more of a “Mecca” for drone activity in Oregon. A growing startup business — Tygh Valley-based Aero Drone Corporation — is opening a new front in its operations with a plan to create software to help manage fleets of drones.
As people confront severe smoke and wildfire damage throughout the Gorge, Small Business Development Centers at Columbia Gorge Community College and across Oregon are offering help for affected businesses.
Although many area residents may not even realize there is still an aluminum manufacturing facility operating in The Dalles, the SAPA Extrusion North America plant at 2929 W. Second Street continues to expand and invest in its growing work force. On Thursday, Aug. 24, SAPA – which stands for Scandinavian Aluminum Profile Association – held its second annual “Health and Safety Day” on the front lawn of its facility, and dozens of employees turned out to enjoy a free lunch catered by Beachwood Eatery in The Dalles.
Some alterations are planned for the Riverenza Espresso Bar & Café, located at 401 E. 10th Street in a century-old stone building, an impressive structure that once housed the Church of Christ. The Riverenza, which first opened as a coffee shop in November 2007, is now gearing up for new ownership and a new direction. “We are in a transition phase,” said Noah Blakely, who is in the process of purchasing the business with his wife and co-owner, Lauren.
Insurance firm expands into agricultural community
The managers of Pendleton-based Wheatland Insurance Center long ago realized that setting up a branch office in The Dalles made good sense, because Wheatland focuses on providing farm and crop insurance for rural, agricultural communities. And the expanding company made its move early this year.
Owner asks city for more time to comply
Citing a failure of the business to comply with conditions of its site plan permit, The Dalles Planning Department has revoked the “site plan review” permit for A&P Recycling. The key issues the city wants to clear up are the company’s method of outside storage and lack of screening.
Strong market fuels growth
In a small sign of a thriving real estate market in The Dalles, Columbia Gorge Real Estate is making a new hire to keep up with strong business levels.