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!
September 28, 2017 –
In response to the Eagle Creek fire which adversely impacted businesses throughout the region, a
collaborative of federal, state and local partners is working on short and long term resiliency resources. Immediate activities include:
Business response team meets in Cascade Locks.
Development of Resource Guides. Available here.
Distribution of community campaigns. Learn more about “Show the Gorge Some Love” October campaigns here.
Meeting with affected businesses. A collective response from business partners was coordinated in Cascade Locks with the North Central Oregon Regional Solutions team. Activity will be ongoing throughout the region.
MCEDD business clients are encouraged to contact staff to discuss opportunities for assistance. MCEDD has resources to assist both existing and new clients with financing to address working capital needs arising from the disaster impacts.