November 7, 2017 –
Tom and Holly Wood envisioned creating a community gathering place in The Dalles, Oregon where people could enjoy local foods, beverages and music from local artists while connecting with each other in a comfortable atmosphere. They sought a loan from MCEDD to start-up the Rivertap Restaurant and Pub in 2009 and fulfill their vision.
Since that time, Rivertap has become a focal point of activity for the Historic Downtown The Dalles East Gateway, an area that has been struggling with urban renewal for over two decades. Tom Woods stated that “Rivertap really created momentum in the community to use the historic downtown the way it was designed. A business designed to fill this need came true with the help of MCEDD.” This MCEDD loan also helped with the construction of the 4,391 square foot commercial building located at 703 E. 2nd Street in The Dalles where the Rivertap Restaurant and Pub is located.
Rivertap Restaurant and Pub is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm, plus Friday and Saturday from11 am to Midnight for American grill fare, regional beers and live music at this warm, upbeat sports pub. You can find out more information by calling 541-296-7870 and at their website at www.rivertap.com.
The MCEDD Loan Program is available to entrepreneurs, start up businesses and existing businesses doing business in the five county (Sherman, Hood River, Wasco, Klickitat and Skamania) Mid-Columbia Area. This loan program is part of MCEDD’s efforts to strengthen and support the region’s economy. Contact Eric Nerdin at 541-296-2266 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on MCEDD’s Loan Program.
October 17, 2017 – Thank you to the 100+ individuals who were able to join us for the 2017 Economic Symposium. Presentations are now posted and available at: http://www.mcedd.org/strategy/get-involved/economic-symposium/
Read an event summary from The Dalles Chronicle here: http://www.thedalleschronicle.com/news/2017/nov/07/forum-examines-wood-products-sector/
The event featured:
Welcoming Remarks: Ken Bailey, MCEDD Chair and Orchard View Farms
Keynote Speaker: Jason Spadaro, SDS Lumber, Discussing Trends in the Regional Economy
Regional Economist Dallas Fridley presenting the most recent data on employment, wages and growing and declining industries.
Panel Session: Relevance of the forest and wood products sector. Moderated by Lisa Naas-Cook. Includes Jon Paul Anderson (High Cascade/WKO Inc), Jay McLaughlin (Mount Adams Resource Stewards), Jeff Nelson (Nelson Brothers Engineering), Trevor McConchie (Washington DNR), Emily Platt (US Forest Service), Bob Sourek (Bear Mountain Forest Products) and Wayne Vineyard (Port of Klickitat, retired Hancock Timber Resource Group).
Summary and Connection to the regional strategy: Amanda Hoey, MCEDD Executive Director.
Thank you to our event sponsors: US EDA, NW Natural and Skamania Economic Development Council!