Rural Development Initiatives (RDI)

Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) has been an amazing partner in the past in facilitating 2016’s Business Retention and Expansion survey. This survey was integral in pointing to the key elements that business owners want to see.

The organization has enlisted the help of RDI once again in order to consult on how The Dalles Main Street can enlist the support of partnering entities and come to a consensus on how to approach our marketing needs. The Dalles has been identified as trade hub serving our outlying communities and a place featuring amazing recreation. The Dalles Main Street is excited to act as community organizer in hopes of creating cohesion over how to best share our greatest assets.


The Dalles Business Retention and Expansion Program- 2016

Downtown The Dalles businesses are experiencing significant success; with a number outperforming growth expectations with opportunities to expand. While many businesses are having success, others are working through a myriad of diverse and often complex challenges. This report summarizes the findings of the first comprehensive effort to understand the needs, challenges, and opportunities of Downtown The Dalles businesses and offers a window into strategies for supporting business success.

These key points were:

a) improving the physical attractiveness of downtown

b) creating that coordinated vision

c) improving the workforce base