In preparing for the next 20 years of land use in Wasco County, understanding economic trends and employment forecasts can help appropriate needed land uses like residential and commercial.
The Dalles/Wasco County Enterprise Zone was re-designated as the Wasco County Joint Enterprise Zone on July 1, 2018. Sponsors of this zone include: Cities of The Dalles, Dufur, Maupin, Mosier, and Wasco County, and the Port of The Dalles.
Wasco County Planning staff worked with partners for over six months to identify appropriate places for industrial and commercial development in unincorporated Wasco County, in keeping with existing zoning and land use patterns.
Planning staff attended the Columbia Gorge Tourism Alliance Summit yesterday to learn more about trends with tourism. The meeting included speakers from the agro-tourism and craft beverage sectors in Wasco County. There was also continued discussion on encouraging more traffic and tourism from Portland to head further east to reduce congestion and spread the impact.
The State of Oregon Employment Department recently released a report analyzing difficult to fill job openings and job vacancies in Oregon. You can download or read the full report here: