Amanda Hoey is the Executive Director for Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), a bi-state regional economic development entity supporting the Columbia Gorge region of Oregon and Washington. Under Amanda’s leadership, MCEDD has diversified regional economic initiatives to include additional opportunities for access to capital and enhancing private-sector led regional industry sector development. She has also led the organization’s growth, expanding the regional transportation division and project management team. Prior to MCEDD, Amanda worked in small business development, developing youth entrepreneurship opportunities. She returned to the Gorge, where her family is involved in dryland wheat production. Amanda graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Whitman College. She serves on the boards of the National Association of Development Organizations, Rural Development Initiatives and The Dalles Riverfront Trail. She is a Marshall Memorial Fellow (2017), American Leadership Forum of Oregon Senior Fellow and past president of the Oregon Economic Development Districts Association.