March 28, 2018 – Rural businesses on both sides of the Columbia River— from a brewery to an assisted living facility, from a Thai restaurant to a tribal fish market—are improving the local economy by hiring more employees and providing higher wages. These myriad
small businesses have one thing in common: they were unable to obtain conventional loans. Instead, they financed the start-up or expansion of their business with assistance from the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD). Read more from the USDA profile here.
November 7, 2017 – Kathy Fitzpatrick Receives Award for Distinguished Leadership
Congratulations to MCEDD Mobility Manager on receiving the 2017 Award for Distinguished Leadership by an Elected or Appointed Official from the Oregon Chapter of the American Planning Association! Each year, the Association honors outstanding efforts and leadership in planning. We are so pleased with Kathy’s selection as she is deeply committed to serving the diverse rural area of the Columbia River Gorge. More here or connect with Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Amanda Hoey Elected to National Association Board of Directors
MCEDD’s Executive Director was recently elected to fill a vacancy on the National Association of Development Organizations Board of Directors. She will represent the West Region. NADO provides advocacy, education, research, and training for the nation’s regional development organizations.