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.
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November 28, 2022 –
Executive Director Jessica Metta traveled to Pittsburgh, PA in October for the annual NADO (National Association of Development Organizations) Conference, where she was presented with the Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Award for MCEDD’s 2022 Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Update, specifically the Strategy’s focus on equitable outcomes and resilience for the Mid Columbia Region. Jessica is pictured here with NADO Executive Director Joe McKinney as he presented the award
August 27, 2022 – MCEDD has been working with the Hood River Energy Council to fulfill the mandates of its newly adopted Hood River County Energy Plan. There are two initiatives that are ready to launch to the public this September!
Solarize Hood River Campaign
MCEDD and the Hood River County Energy Council are working with a coalition of nonprofits to provide home and business owners in Hood River County with an opportunity to go solar together!
During this eight-week campaign, our community can learn about solar energy and energy storage through a series of five educational workshops.
Interested residents can sign up to install solar or solar+storage at their home from a list of highly qualified solar contractors. Find workshop dates and more information here.
Creating Equitable Access to Weatherization
MCEDD, the Hood River County Energy Council, Energy Trust of Oregon, and The Next Door, Inc. have launched a survey that seeks to learn more about energy efficiency and renewable energy perceptions, needs, and barriers among low-moderate income and Latino/a/Hispanic communities in Hood River County. Ultimately, this outreach project aims to improve access to existing resources and to identify additional ways to help all Hood River County residents access renewable energy and improve energy efficiency to save on energy bills and improve home comfort.
The open survey period for Hood River County residents runs from September 12th through October 3rd!
Links to the online community survey:
Home Energy, Comfort, and Assistance Survey – EnglishEncuesta sobre Energía, Confort y Asistencia para el Hogar – Espanol
There will also be two $50 Safeway Gift Cards raffled out among participants who complete this survey!
If you have any questions or want more information, please reach out to us using the contact information below. If you would prefer to receive a print copy of the survey, please email us below.
Eve Elderwell (she/ella), Program Manager (bilingual)
Equity and Outreach Training Services
The Next Door, Inc.
firstname.lastname@example.org; (808) 769-8061
Lindsay McClure, Project Manager
Mid-Columbia Economic Development District
Lindsay@mcedd.org; (541) 490-4225
About the Hood River County Energy Council: The Energy Council is a community-led advisory body that supports the implementation of the Hood River County Energy Plan. This plan aims to help residents save money on energy bills and improve home health and comfort. The Energy Plan promotes energy efficiency, solar energy, and backup storage systems, among other solutions.