March 22, 2018 – Mark your calendar for the annual Gorge Economic Symposium! Scheduled for Friday, November 2, 2018 at the Civic Auditorium in The Dalles, Oregon, this year’s event will focus on advancements in the region’s high tech industry.
The Symposium is a half-day event focused on economic and employment trends in the regional economy. Aggregated regional data, as well as individual county data will be provided by economists Scott Bailey and Dallas Fridley, covering Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Klickitat and Skamania counties.
Additional information on tickets and keynote speaker will be available in April.
– In March 2018 the MCEDD Board of Directors analyzed and adopted regional priorities for infrastructure needed throughout the five county region. Priorities were adopted as follows
Washington Technical Assistance/Public Works
White Salmon Slow Sand Filter Water System
Stevenson Wastewater System
Dallesport Industrial Park Improvement Projects
Cascades Business Park (North Bonneville)
Bingen Point Industrial Park Projects
Goldendale Energy Storage Project (previously John Day Pool)
Stevenson Shoreline Restoration
Columbia Gorge Regional Airport Runway Rehabilitation and Lengthening
Goldendale Municipal Airport Improvements
Skamania PUD Improvements: Undergrounding utilities, Stabler Feeder Upgrade and North Bonneville Substation
Oregon Technical Assistance/Public Works
Workforce Housing Projects
Hood River: Update workforce housing plans; explore opportunities to relocate facilities; and evaluate construction excise taxes collected to date.
Sherman: Enhance workforce housing incentives for construction of new units
Wasco: Columbia Gorge Community College Student Housing and Skills Center
Biggs Water System
Deschutes Rim Medical Clinic Expansion
Mosier Well Repair
Bridge of the Gods Maintenance and Pedestrian/Bicycle Improvements
Confluence Business Park Infrastructure (Hood River)
Dog River Pipeline Upgrade
Parkdale and Odell Treatment of Biosolids/Sludge
Mosier Fire Hall/City Hall
South Sherman Fire Hall
For more information on the projects visit: http://www.mcedd.org/strategy/priorities/