May 30, 2018 – All three Oregon counties in the MCEDD region ranked in the top ten for the state in terms of 2016 per capita personal income.
Sherman County’s led the state at $55,846. More information here.
Hood River County’s ranked fifth among Oregon counties at $48,498. More information here.
Wasco County’s ranked ninth among Oregon counties at $42,287. More information here.
Washington counties in the MCEDD region also experienced increases in their 2016 per capita personal incomes:
Klickitat County’s increased to $45,595 in 2016, the highest on record. Over the past ten years, Klickitat has moved from 74 percent of the national average to 93 percent. More information here.
Skamania County increased to $40,338 in 2016, representing a 2.2% change over the prior year.
May 29, 2018 – On May 22, 2018 Mid-Columbia Center for Living and local officials broke ground on what will become a regional community mental health facility located in The Dalles. As the Center for Living continues to increase both staff and clients, this facility will be essential for providing access to critical community mental health, addictions and developmental disability services for low to moderate income adults, children and families in Wasco, Sherman and Hood River counties. Read more from The Dalles Chronicle here.
The project has been a priority in the Columbia Gorge Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, recognizing the need for one facility which will serve the entire region and increase the effectiveness and efficiency for services. [Continue Reading]