There is a magic created by combining natural resources, metropolitan access, and small community caring and capacity. That magic is present in the West Columbia Gorge. From outstanding locations for business opportunities to great living for families, the West Columbia Gorge is the place for you to relocate your home and your business.
The Columbia River Gorge stretches for more than 80 miles through the Cascade Range. The Columbia River separates the States of Oregon and Washington with this amazing geographic wonder. Recreation in the gorge is abundant, with activities including hiking, camping, biking, golf, whitewater rafting and kayaking, windsurfing, kiteboarding, sailing, boating, fishing, skiing, and the list goes on. Indoor options are equally plentiful with world class museums, wine tasting, brew pubs, superb dining opportunities, shopping and entertainment opportunities. The Columbia Gorge is simply a great place to live and work.
If you have a business interest and would like an opportunity to find a great home, the West Columbia Gorge offers many options, in the Cities of Troutdale, Wood Village, Fairview, and Cascade Locks. The presence of several of these communities in the Portland Metropolitan boundary gives you outstanding urban accessibility, while residing in friendly, small communities.
If you wish to start a business here, learn more about education and the workforce, or make direct contact with one of our Cities’ Economic Development programs, our Chamber’s Economic Development Committee can cheerfully help you. Let us show you why a decision to relocate to the West Columbia Gorge region is one of the best decisions you will ever make!
Small communities in the midst of a metropolitan area are a perfect mix for entrepreneurs seeking to start or relocate their business. The communities of Cascade Locks, Troutdale, Wood Village and Fairview are all located either in or near the Portland metropolitan boundary, and have that mix of lower-cost land, willing and capable labor forces, and living opportunities that allow a small business to take root, and to flourish. Equally important, you will have the ability to live work and play in a wonderful natural environment.
In our area, you are not just a number or “another” – you are an individual, who will receive individual attention and support. Our communities have incentives in place in to help get you started; you can initiate tenant improvements with permit fees waived in Troutdale and Wood Village, and you can receive other special support in our other communities. Our area’s land-use process is swift, and you can quickly get answers on land-use issues, building issues or other potential permitting and licensing issues. The State of Oregon also offers a wonderful package of programs. We’re here to help you! °
Major Regional Employers
ASAP Logistics, LLC
Legacy Mt. Hood Medical
Mount Hood Legacy Hospital
Mount Hood Community College
NACCO Materials Handling
Port of Portland
Reynolds School District
Bank of the West — (503) 667-6672
Clackamas County Bank — (503) 665-9444
KeyBank — (503) 405-9940
MBank — (503) 674-3132
OnPoint Credit Union — (503) 228-7077
Oregon First Community Credit Union — (503) 492-8976
Riverview Community Bank — (503) 492-4113
U.S. Bank — (503) 661-3131
Umpqua Bank — (503) 669-2061
West Coast Bank — (503) 618-0939