Home Archives March 2007 VIP: Robb Van Cleave, Mayor of The Dalles

VIP: Robb Van Cleave, Mayor of The Dalles

| Print |  Email
Thursday, March 01, 2007

RobbVanCleave.jpg Photo by Bryan Bloebaum

ViP

Robb Van Cleave, Mayor of The Dalles

This photograph of Robb Van Cleave is not accurate. For sure, this six-term mayor is standing on ground that means everything to him. This river town is his history, his home, and the city he has served since being elected in 1998.

But Van Cleave will tell you that a picture of him standing alone doesn’t tell the right story. So imagine penciled in behind him his compadres, The Dalles Community Outreach Team. The team was born about the time Van Cleave, who is 47, became mayor and without it, he says the progress of the past few years would not have happened. Visit his office, and he quickly and proudly displays the award the group received last year from the Oregon Economic Development Association for outstanding teamwork.

It was this team that weathered the aluminum plant closing, crops failing and raging unemployment, and helped turn The Dalles around. “We didn’t get any breaks. We worked our hind ends off,” says the energetic Van Cleave. “We didn’t whine and nobody gave up. Nobody gives up.”

Now Google’s here, Columbia Gorge Community College has begun a $26 million expansion, the riverfront is transforming, there’s a new veterans’ memorial, and a fiber-optic loop surrounds the city. The work is not done, but Van Cleave says this is his last term. He’s a dad of three who could spend more time with the family, plus he serves on the SAIF board, and has his day job as the community college’s executive director of human resources and strategic planning.

So, the city’s longest-serving mayor really plans to step back? He fudges the question a bit, then admits: “I’m always more comfortable driving the bus than riding on the bus.”

— Robin Doussard


Have an opinion? E-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

More Articles

What I'm Reading

September 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Kim Ierian, President of Concorde Career Colleges, and Deborah Edward, Executive Director of Business for Culture & the Arts, share their recent reads.


Read more...

A Taste of Heaven

September 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
BY VIVIAN MCINERNY

Craft beer comes to Mount Angel.


Read more...

Startup or Grow Up?

September 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
BY JON BELL

Startup culture is all the rage. Is there a downside?


Read more...

Shipping News

September 2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
BY JENNIFER MARGULIS

In 2012 The Dalles, a city of some 14,400 located 75 miles east of Portland and often seen as the poor cousin to adjacent Hood River, completed a massive project to revitalize its dock.


Read more...

Two sides of the coin

Contributed Blogs
Monday, August 25, 2014
0825 thumb moneyBY JASON NORRIS | OB GUEST BLOGGER

Ferguson Wellman’s investment views on the economy and capital markets.


Read more...

College Hacker

September 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
BY KLINT FINLEY

Treehouse CEO Ryan Carson builds a 21st-century trade school.


Read more...

Gone Fishing

October 2014
Thursday, September 25, 2014
BY LORI TOBIAS

Business has been good to Laura Anderson, leading some to suggest she must be awfully lucky to find such success in a business notorious for failure. But luck’s had little to do with it.


Read more...
Oregon Business magazinetitle-sponsored-links-02
SPONSORED LINKS