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.
October 24, 2019 –
Developer Travis Dillard hosted a reception to celebrate the grand opening of the Federal Street Lofts Project on October 10th. Guests were invited in to see the new loft-style apartments, which boast historic charm along with all the expected high-end amenities. This includes stainless steel appliances, washer / dryers, quartz countertops, restored double-pane windows, vaulted ceilings, abundant storage and more.
Located at the unofficial center of downtown on E 2nd and Federal Street in The Dalles, the Historic Honald Building was constructed in 1910 by the Walther-Williams Hardware Company. The 10,000 square foot first floor is the current home to local businesses but the second floor had been unoccupied since the 1930’s. Dillard secured construction financing through MCEDD and Columbia Bank to complete the project. You can read more about the project here.
MCEDD offers flexible financing for housing development and housing rehabilitation in Hood River, Wasco and Sherman counties through the North Central Oregon Attainable Housing Development Revolving Loan Program. The fund is designed to spur development of housing at rates affordable to those who live and work in the region (generally 60-120% of median family income).
MCEDD also has a Business Loan Program that is 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. Both of these loan programs are part of MCEDD’s efforts to strengthen and support the region’s economy. Contact MCEDD at 541-296-2266 for more information on these MCEDD loan programs.
Katrina (Trina) McAlexander is a third generation farmer, fermenter and nurse practitioner. She continues to build on the traditions her family started over 50 years ago at Mt. View Orchards, a 50-acre apple and pear farm nestled just north of Mt. Hood in the quaint town of Parkdale, Oregon. Mt. View Orchards continues to grow delicious, top-grade, environmentally sustainable fruit and is an important fruit grower in the Hood River Valley and Columbia Gorge region. Katrina cares deeply about growing fresh fruit for her community and with help from the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Loan Program, has taken steps to broaden the scope of what the orchard has to offer.
In 2016 Trina planted a vineyard and began plans to open the Grateful Vineyard Tasting Room. The Grateful Vineyard opened Memorial Day weekend of 2019 as the very first winery/cidery in Mount Hood and the southernmost vineyard in the Columbia River Gorge. In keeping with their mission of creating a restorative place for people to come and be refreshed in the heart of the orchard, the tasting room allows visitors to sample both wine and cider and also serves as a beautiful and welcoming space for indoor events. In addition to its offering of Grateful Vineyard wine and cider from their own Golden Row label, the tasting room also offers artisanal pizzas featuring seasonal fruit and vegetables, farm fresh eggs and other local ingredients.
Trina identifies hospitality and generosity as two of the biggest core values of her family and their farm. Weaving together farming, fermentation and hospitality fills her life with joy and meaning and this is something she hopes to share with customers new and old.