Mid Columbia Economic Development District strives to promote the creation of family-wage jobs, the diversification of the economic base, and the growth, development and retention of business and industry in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Klickitat and Skamania Counties
MCEDD is organized as a government non-profit in Oregon as an ORS-190 and in Washington through RCW 39.34.010.
September 25, 2020 – For 51 years MCEDD has supported economic vitality in the five county bi-state region, focusing on opportunities to build our economy and support business and entrepreneurs. This year, MCEDD continued to deliver high quality technical assistance, business assistance and industry support through its core programs, while also expanding service offerings.
Significant milestones and accomplishments in fiscal year 2020 include:
Supporting economic resiliency as a result of COVID-19 with information and resource sharing, trainings, loans and grants responses to a myriad of economic shocks in 2018.
Providing technical assistance for our members accessing federal economic disaster funding for public works projects.
Implementing the regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, in coordination with our members, and hosting a sold-out Economic Symposium to build connections across the region.
Launching the Gorge Regional Transit Strategy to support the regional Gorge TransLink public transportation system.
Expanding the LINK transportation system, providing over 22,000 passenger trips.
Providing direct business assistance through our loan programs, providing almost $1 million in funding this fiscal year to businesses.
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August 27, 2020 – Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) announces the extension of the application period for their grant program until September 13. MCEDD received $250,000 from Business Oregon to distribute COVID-19 Emergency Business Assistance Grants in Hood River, Sherman and Wasco Counties. At the end of the original application period, funds were still available, so the program has been extended by 30 days.
20 entities in Hood River County have received over $58,000 in funding, over $96,000 has been granted to 37 entities in Wasco County and $10,500 has been disbursed to 4 entities in Sherman County. Funds went to businesses, nonprofits and independent contractors in the counties, and just under $85,000 is still available. “These funds provide small businesses across the three county region with the necessary capital to rebound from the coronavirus pandemic and, in turn, create a stronger and more resilient regional economy for the future,” said Jessica Metta, MCEDD Executive Director.
Small businesses and nonprofits with 25 or fewer employees that have been adversely affected by economic conditions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and have not received federal emergency assistance under the federal CARES Act, the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loan Emergency Advance Program or other federal emergency pandemic assistance funding may be eligible to apply. Full details available here. [Continue Reading]