Port of Cascade Locks

The Port of Cascade Locks is the economic engine for this town of almost 1200 people, which is the closest incorporated city in the Gorge to Portland and PDX. The Port can capitalize on this proximity for when attracting businesses to Cascade Locks. “We’re right off the freeway and can therefore draw over a million people from the Portland/ Vancouver area to meet any workforce needs if we can’t meet them right in the community,” says Executive Director Chuck Daughtry. “Plus we have some of the cheapest land in the Gorge for economic development and a business-friendly attitude.”

With these advantages, the Port has been working on a number of business development projects recently. They constructed a 10,000 square foot spec industrial building that is still about 75% available (first tenant is Hytorc). They are working with several entrepreneurs to set up a coffee shop and fish market on Port property downtown and a brewery in the old fire hall. They also recently hired Gary Rains to fill the newly-created Economic Development Manager position. The Port also works to support the proposed Nestle water bottling plant, which would double the assessed value of Cascade Locks and create 50 jobs, and potential projects with the Warm Springs Tribe on Port industrial land.

Similar to many of the Ports in the Gorge, recreational development joins economic development under the activities the Port of Cascade Locks. They are working on projects now to increase capacity for a 26-mile mountain biking system, new windsurfing and kiteboarding access points to the Columbia, and projects to leverage Cascade Locks’ world-famous reputation for smaller craft sailing. Finally, the Port owns and manages the Bridge of the Gods and owns the Columbia Gorge Sternwheeler, which it leases to the Portland Spirit.

The Port is a Member of the GTA because they support the Gorge’s technology industry and wish to stay in touch with the people and activity in the sector. The opportunity to share information about their buildings and propertyis also appreciated!  Learn more at portofcascadelocks.org or contact Chuck Daughtry, Executive Director, at 541-374-8619 or cdaughtry@portofcascadelocks.org.

About Chuck Daughtry, Executive Director, Port of Cascade Locks

Chuck has been working in the Gorge for 11 years, ever since joining the Port of Cascade Locks. He’s been in the port industry now for over 26 years. Chuck loves Cascade Locks and the opportunity to bring jobs to the community. Outside of work, Chuck can often be found on a golf course and enjoys all the Gorge courses, especially Beacon Rock. Most recently, you can also find him on his bike, where he’s averaged 100 miles per week over the summer. Chuck loves what biking is doing for his endorphins and it helps balance another hobby: cooking! Julia Child is an inspiration but healthy eating is his current passion. Chuck lives in Vancouver.

View the Port’s profile on our website at https://crgta.org/members/portcl.