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 28, 2014 – Distilleries in the Gorge are starting with the assistance from MCEDD financing.
August 2014: Chris Taylor and Roy Slayton came together around the idea that they could produce quality spirits, using locally sourced ingredients in the Columbia Gorge. Working together to start Camp 1805 Distillery down on the Hood River Waterfront they are sharing the process from grain to glass with their customers. Currently, Camp 1805 is producing white whiskey, rum, and vodka. They are barrel aging whiskey and rum and working on gin as well as other spirits for the future. Roy and Chris came to MCEDD and the Oregon Investment Board as they were looking at financing the start up costs for a micro-distillery. The two entities provided loans to Chris and Roy that have enabled them to purchase the equipment they needed, improve their tasting room space, and have working capital to start up the tasting room and move their business forward. If you would like to learn more, visit their website or their tasting room at the Hood River Waterfront.
October 2014: Skunk Brothers Spirits was developed by two brothers with a passion for hand-crafted spirits and an idea to get back to their roots and make something uniquely Northwestern. This small batch craft distillery, set to open in Stevenson, is focused on high quality Moonshine, hand-crafted spirits, and liqueurs. They are looking to utilize local ingredients to make unique products and their hand-crafted corn whiskey and other spirits. In addition, the Donoho family is looking to create a tasting room Gorge visitors and residents alike can relax and enjoy while experiencing their products. To put together financing, Skunk Brothers came to MCEDD and the Skamania EDC, who worked in partnership to enable them to purchase additional necessary equipment, and provide working capital to get through renovation of their tasting room and beginning batches of their products. For more info on Skunk Brothers, visit their Facebook page!
July 28, 2014 – Oregon Growers & Shippers comes from a vision to create products using the finest quality, locally sourced ingredients from right here in Oregon and Washington. They specialize in product development, sales, marketing and distribution of value added agricultural specialty food products with primary ingredients sourced from Pacific Northwest growers. Their products include Oregon Growers brand jams, preserves, fruit spreads, fruit butters, condiments and honey. They currently focus on the metropolitan grocery markets of the Pacific Northwest and Northern California but recently approached Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) when they were looking to expand their business into its next phase of growth. With traditional MCEDD loan funds and funds from the Columbia River Gorge Oregon Investment Board fund managed by MCEDD, Oregon Growers & Shippers received working capital to help with this transition. For more information on the company, and their northwest products, visit their website at www.oregongrowers.com.
As a service to the regional business community and as a strong part of our economic development strategy for the region, MCEDD manages several business loan programs that provide an accessible, affordable source of capital for projects that create and/or retain jobs.