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.
May 24, 2019 – In 2015, the City of The Dalles embarked on a Progressive Design-Build project to upgrade their wastewater treatment plant. Since January of 2017, MCEDD has been supporting the City in management of labor standards for the project to ensure compliance with state and federal regulations during the construction. The goals of the project were to provide residents with sustainable and reliable treatment facilities that were in full compliance with state and federal regulations. After four years of planning, design and construction, the project is complete. The many upgrades to the plant, which included a cogeneration facility, will allow the City to treat peak wastewater flow rates while promoting sustainability by lowering operating costs and generating clean energy. The upgrades have also increased plant capacity from a peak flow rating of 7.7 mgd to 13.2 mgd (the projected capacity for the year 2037). To learn more about the details of the upgrades, the Progressive Design-Build process, and estimated project energy savings, click here.
April 23, 2019 – Over the last two years, Sherman County and its cities have come together to discuss broadband needs in its communities. After conducting surveys, community forums, and several planning meetings, the group identified partnership opportunities to develop a fiber-to-the-home network serving each of the cities in Sherman County and Biggs Junction. GorgeNet was selected to partner in providing that service during the summer of 2018 During the fall of 2018, the City of Moro was connected and this spring the Cities of Grass Valley, Wasco and Rufus will be connected. Speeds up to a gigabit will be available throughout.
Carrie Pipinich, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Project Manager, coordinated the planning process, supported the communities in efforts to identify a partner to improve service and worked with the partners to successfully apply for $200,000 of funding from the Regional Infrastructure Fund through Regional Solutions. Additional funding was provided by each City, Sherman County, and GorgeNet. Carrie works on broadband issues throughout the region and manages the Gorge Broadband Consortium. For more information on this and other new broadband developments, contact Carrie at 541-296-2266 or email@example.com.