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.
August 29, 2019 –
Jason Taylor and Derek DeBorde purchased Lost Lake Resort in 2012. A resort at Lost Lake has been in operation since 1921 and runs with a permit on land managed by the US Forest Service. Set on the edge of a 245-acre lake with majestic views of Mount Hood, this lodge and camping retreat is open from May to October. Lost Lake Resort features 148 campsites, a public boat launch, an accessible fishing dock and numerous trails. Visitors can rent clear bottom boats, kayaks, row boats, pedal boats and paddle boards both hourly and daily. Rentals and services can be scheduled and paid for at the General Store, which also carries a variety of items ranging from fishing tackle and camping equipment to toys, beer and wine. Another one of the many attractions at Lost Lake is the old growth boardwalk, an interpretive trail the meanders through one of Oregon’s large old growth stands.
With financing through Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) Taylor and DeBorde were able to complete a comprehensive remodel and tune up of the resort that included the addition of a new cabin, new rental units, new shower and laundry facilities, a new boat house and a new restaurant, the Lost Lake Grille.
The MCEDD Loan Program is available to entrepreneurs, startup 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 Isreal Ayala Guevara at 541-296-2266 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on MCEDD’s Loan Program.
July 26, 2019 – Amanda Goeke and Abe Stevens opened Volcanic Bottle Shoppe nine years ago to bring a curated craft beer selection to the Columbia River Gorge. This craft beer bar and retail shop, located at 1410 12th Street in Hood River, features a wide selection of carefully curated beer. Amanda and Abe go out of their way to seek new, trending, and non-mainstream breweries and beers. They pride themselves on their tap list and coolers and are mindful to support the “little guys.”
Volcanic Bottle Shoppe also offers a community meeting space where Hood River residents can meet over a drink in a light and open environment focused on after work and early evening meet-ups. For several years they have offered beer school classes hosted by guests from local industry and they are always happy to talk to their customers about different beer styles. With the help of a loan through the Columbia River Gorge Oregon Investment Board (a fund staffed by MCEDD) Amanda and Abe were able to refinance the purchase of the building that Volcanic Bottle Shoppe calls home. Volcanic strives to set themselves apart by their selection and personalized customer service. At Volcanic, you will find a passion for craft beer and for community.
Mid-Columbia Economic Development District operates a number of business loan programs, including funds through the Columbia River Gorge Oregon Investment Board. The MCEDD Loan Programs are 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.