In the first six months of 2012, my colleagues and I created a recreation-based economic development plan called Connect Cascade Locks.
With the Port of Cascade Locks as our client, we developed a plan that identifies potential areas for economic growth and an implementation strategy for achieving this growth in the recreational tourism sector.
The plan was adopted in July 2012 by the Cascade Locks City Council and the Tourism Committee.
For Cascade Locks, the newly articulated goal to become an easy-access hub for each of these sports within the Gorge is creating citizen excitement and outside investment opportunities.
A rich and well-articulated plan is now in the hands of Cascade Locks port and city staff, which provides step-by-step guidance on how to achieve that goal. Now, all that is needed is a small crew of local residents and outside helpers to bring that dream to fruition.
–“Recreation Renaissance in Cascade Locks” The Hood River News