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.
April 6, 2019 – In March 2019 the MCEDD Board of Directors analyzed and adopted regional priorities for infrastructure needed throughout the five county region. Priorities were adopted as follows:
WashingtonRankProject1Goldendale Pumped Storage Hydro2Stevenson Wastewater System3North Bonneville Substation4Buck Creek Water System5Broadband- Klickitat and Skamania6Columbia Gorge Regional Airport Business Park7 Cascades Business Park (North Bonneville) 8Dallesport Industrial Park Improvement Projects9 Bingen Point Industrial Park Projects 10City of North Bonneville Lift Station
Oregon RankProject1Hood River Interstate Bridge2Workforce Housing Projects3Treatment of Wastewater4Broadband: Cascadia East Interconnection and Sherman Fiber5Dog River Pipeline Upgrade6Cascade Locks Substation7Biggs Water System8 Bridge of the Gods Maintenance and Pedestrian/Bicycle Improvements 9Undergrounding Utilities (The Dalles)10Backup Power/Emergency Generator Purchase and Integration for Primary Municipal Well
For more information on the projects visit: https://www.mcedd.org/strategy/priorities/
March 12, 2019 – “With the completion of a $2 million high-density fiber optic broadband network, the rural community of Maupin, Ore., is now among the state’s most competitive when it comes to internet access. The network can provide speeds of 1 gigabit per second (gbps) per customer — the fastest broadband service available in the Pacific Northwest – vastly improving the city’s economic and educational opportunities.” Read more.
As a primary segment of Mid-Columbia Economic Development District’s regional economic development strategy, we are pleased to contribute to enhancements to rural broadband.