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.
June 28, 2021 – Invictus Global Services provides personnel to support service contracts for aviation operations and maintenance services around the globe. In order to maintain the highest quality service for their customers, Invictus’ pilots and operations staff require unique and highly specialized training. With a working capital loan from Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, the company plans to fund the training and travel costs that are needed to support the growth of the business.
Invictus is a member-managed corporation with three founding partners: James Hays, Matt McLaughlin and Jon Grinter. Based in the city of White Salmon, Invictus is currently licensed to operate in both Oregon and Washington. The team’s experience encompasses all facets of aviation operations, including Unmanned Aircraft Systems and ISR services. In addition, the company has unique expertise operating in the complex regulatory environments that their service contracts require. The in-depth understanding of mission requirements needed to successfully complete their customers’ contracts is the direct result of the partners’ previous experience as pilots and maintainers, as well as their experience leading and managing in both military and business organizations.
May 27, 2021 – Anthony Wang launched Uncle Tony’s Pizza as a take-and-bake pizza shop in 2013. Located at 111 N Columbus Avenue in Goldendale, Uncle Tony’s Pizza expanded service to include delivery the following year and the business has continued to grow steadily since. In 2020, Wang was presented with the opportunity to purchase the Hudson Building, where the business had been leasing space. With the help of a loan from Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, Wang established Wangco, LLC and purchased the Hudson Building in 2021. Pictured below is Israel Ayala with Anthony at the loan’s closing.
Initially, Wang hoped to establish a sit-down dining area but decided against that plan due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, he focused on limiting restaurant hours so he could spend extra time sanitizing and staying in compliance with stricter regulations. It wasn’t long before he needed to hire more help. “Sales went up a little bit, but deliveries doubled,” Wang stated in an interview with the Goldendale Sentinel. Wang also attributes recent growth to his online presence. He posts daily specials on their Facebook page which links to their website and full menu for easy online ordering. Wang also credits word-of-mouth with expanding his customer base. “It has steered people my way that never would have come in – and they come back!”