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.
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 email@example.com.
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.
October 17, 2017 – Thank you to the 100+ individuals who were able to join us for the 2017 Economic Symposium. Presentations are now posted and available at: https://www.mcedd.org/strategy/get-involved/economic-symposium/
Read an event summary from The Dalles Chronicle here: http://www.thedalleschronicle.com/news/2017/nov/07/forum-examines-wood-products-sector/
The event featured:
Welcoming Remarks: Ken Bailey, MCEDD Chair and Orchard View Farms
Keynote Speaker: Jason Spadaro, SDS Lumber, Discussing Trends in the Regional Economy
Regional Economist Dallas Fridley presenting the most recent data on employment, wages and growing and declining industries.
Panel Session: Relevance of the forest and wood products sector. Moderated by Lisa Naas-Cook. Includes Jon Paul Anderson (High Cascade/WKO Inc), Jay McLaughlin (Mount Adams Resource Stewards), Jeff Nelson (Nelson Brothers Engineering), Trevor McConchie (Washington DNR), Emily Platt (US Forest Service), Bob Sourek (Bear Mountain Forest Products) and Wayne Vineyard (Port of Klickitat, retired Hancock Timber Resource Group).
Summary and Connection to the regional strategy: Amanda Hoey, MCEDD Executive Director.
Thank you to our event sponsors: US EDA, NW Natural and Skamania Economic Development Council!