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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
April 30, 2020 – Maupin Market is open daily from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm during the winter and 7:30 am – 8:00 pm during the summer.
Maupin Market is conveniently located on Deschutes Avenue in the heart of downtown Maupin, Oregon. Whether you are visiting the area for outdoor recreation like whitewater rafting, hiking or steelhead fishing or are a local resident in need some household staples, Maupin Market has everything you need.
Sara Morelli purchased the Maupin Market at the end of 2019 with financing help from MCEDD’s Loan Program and with an award from Business Oregon’s Small Business Sustainability Fund. The project was made possible through an important partnership with Business Oregon and the work of Regional Development Officer Michael Held.
The store serves travelers, seasonal tourists, and local and regional residents. The market is a reliable local source for fresh produce, dairy, bread, meat, and household items. They offer seasonal produce when available, such as Columbia Gorge berries and peaches, pumpkins, local potatoes and tomatoes and they have a well curated local and regional beer and wine selection. The market also features a full service deli with hot and cold meal specials, grab-and-go options and a large selection of specialty items including meats, cheeses and dips. Additionally, customers can enjoy hand –crafted espresso beverages at the coffee bar and relax in the café with a great view of downtown Maupin.
“Maupin Market serves a core function for Maupin’s residents and surrounding communities. We are here to help support the vibrant tourist industry, but also to provide our residents with a local option for groceries, catering and household needs,” said Sara Morelli.
Sara and her husband Tim have been long time farmers in the area, and Tim serves as the community youth counselor and is a pastor. Sara and her twin sister Emily have worked at the Maupin Market for over 3 years, and Sara has served in the role of manager, overseeing employees and all daily record keeping. During her time as an employee of the market, Sara mastered a variety of positions, giving her insight into ways to improve the customer experience and build efficiencies as the owner.
The MCEDD Loan Program is available to entrepreneurs, start-up businesses and existing businesses doing business in the five county (Sherman, Hood River, Wasco, Klickitat and Skamania) Mid-Columbia Area. This loan program is part of MCEDD’s efforts to strengthen and support the region’s economy. For more information on MCEDD’s Loan Program, visit www.mcedd.org.