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.
July 28, 2015 – Lorraine Lyons and Rod Steward obtained a $55,000 small business loan through Mid-Columbia Economic Development District to help open a craft beer taphouse and growler fill station business. Their new business, 64oz. Taphouse and Growler Station opened in May 2015 and is located at 110 Third Street in downtown Hood River. 64oz. offers 30 taps of constantly rotating local, regional and international craft beers and ciders. You can enjoy a pint, a flight and stay a while or fill a growler to go.
Lorraine and Rod compliment their customers, saying “Community support has been fantastic”. 64oz. Taphouse and Growler Station’s loan from MCEDD helped finance the purchase of equipment, renovations to their new location and cover other start up costs. Rod and Lorraine are appreciative of this regional resource, saying “We can’t thank MCEDD enough for their monetary support. Without MCEDD this start up wouldn’t have been possible. We’re looking forward to opening a second location with their support in the future.”
As a new business, 64oz. is creating jobs that support the area’s economy and just hired their fifth employee earlier this month. You can learn more about 64oz. Taphouse and Growler Station at their Facebook page.
March 28, 2015 – NuCulture Foods is a innovative company focused on creating nutritious, plant based food products in The Dalles. Jennifer and Chip Hogan are leveraging Jenny’s extensive experience in the food industry with Chip’s business and production background to grow NuCulture. The company is currently focused on development and distribution of its cashew based, vegan cultured cheese spreads. They are committed to producing their products here in the Gorge in a way that supports sustainable Look out for three tasty flavors in stores around the Gorge and beyond! NuCulture came to MCEDD in search of gap financing as they built out their production space and purchased equipment to help them scale up. MCEDD was able to provide financing using its USDA Intermediary Relending program. Find more information on their website.