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.
July 30, 2020 – A recent news release from the Washington State Department of Commerce reports the Washington State Broadband Office and state Public Works Board have launched a mapping initiative to identify gaps in high-speed internet service and areas of broadband infrastructure needs in order to advance the state’s goal to have universal broadband access in Washington by 2024.
The first step is for Washington residents to perform a one-minute access and speed survey found at broadband.wa.gov. Using the easy-to-follow instructions and a simple link, anyone can complete the speed test at home using any computer or mobile device.
Those with no internet access at their homes are encouraged to visit a local library or drive-in hotspot in their community, or use their mobile device to take the survey and check the “no available service” button to record their physical address. This simple access and speed survey will result in statistically valid data and mapping for decision makers to plot a course for Washington’s ambitious broadband expansion plans.
Washington businesses and institutions such as schools, libraries, hospitals and public safety facilities are also participating in the mapping project. Key partners with the State Broadband Office include mapping technology partner GEO Partners, LLC, Washington State Department of Commerce Information Services, Washington State University Extension, Washington State Library division of the Office of the Secretary of State, and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI).
The map data gathered through the survey will provide validated information for use by any community for broadband expansion projects and support pursuit of grant funding available from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and state programs such as Public Works Board and Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) broadband financing.
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June 30, 2020 – Act now to access limited time, money saving opportunities to lower your energy bills, improve air quality and comfort, and keep yourself and your family safe during a power outage. View time limited energy incentives and opportunities here and stay up to date on these and other opportunities by joining the Hood River County Energy Council update list. Email email@example.com to join.
Why should I consider power outages when I consider energy equipment?
The Columbia River Gorge is susceptible to an array of events ranging from ice storms and wildfires to a 9.0 Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake that threaten power outages and fuel shortages lasting from hours to weeks. In 2019, utility shutoffs were added to the list, as Pacific Power announced wildfire mitigation plans that could result in multi-day power shutoff to portions of Hood River and Wasco counties when certain weather conditions are met.
Meanwhile, energy technologies and habits offer unprecedented opportunities to mitigate power outages, reduce long term energy costs, keep dollars local and create a healthier environment. Weatherization measures and efficient technologies reduce energy burden and help maintain livable temperatures for longer in outages and severe weather. Solar paired with battery storage can reduce impacts of power outages by maintaining power for critical activities. They don’t require refueling or create toxic air pollutants that are dangerous to your health and can reduce energy costs in normal conditions.
To find our more about resilient power resources and incentives available to improve your home.
To find out more about solar plus storage you can watch an informational webinar from Solar Oregon,. review a FAQ from Energy Trust of Oregon, Or contact a solar contractor to find out what incentives you are eligible for and if solar plus battery storage is a good fit for your home or business.