Rains hired by Port of Cascade Locks

— Port of Cascade Locks has appointed Gary Rains to a new position — economic development manager.

In this role, Rains is responsible for recommending targeted opportunities for Cascade Locks, helping in the building of capacity within the community, communicating the positive attributes and image of Cascade Locks and serving as the main contact point for businesses considering relocating or expanding.

“This is a new position for us. We hope to leverage Rains’ extensive networking in the Gorge and beyond, and begin to position Cascade Locks as the best place to live and work in the Gorge,” said Port Commission President Jess Groves.

“With this expansion of our marketing team, the Port is positioning itself to be more attractive in a variety of vertical markets, as a first-choice geographic location, and to ensure continuous local communication and consistency,” added Chuck Daughtry, general manager.

“I am excited about Rains’ appointment,” he said. “It is important for us to become more proactive and professional in our approach.”

Until recently Rains owned Rains Marketing, a Portland marketing communication company he founded in 1987. In 2008, he was appointed by the Hood River County Commissioners and then-Gov. Ted Kulongoski to the Oregon Investment Board.

Rains has also been a member of the board of Gorge Technology Alliance and Hood River Rotary.

He is currently a board member of Gorge Oregon Entrepreneurs Network, the managing member of the Gorge Angel Investor Network and a member of the advisory board of Gorge Innoventure, a new business accelerator and program of Gorge OEN.

Rains has been a Hood River County resident for the past eight years with his wife, Gean Rains.

The Port owns and operates the Bridge of the Gods, Marine Park, owns the Sternwheeler “Columbia Gorge” and owns commercial and industrial property in downtown Cascade Locks, the Business Park and Herman Creek Lane.

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