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 18, 2020 – MCEDD has been recognized with two 2020 Aliceann Wohlbruck Impact Awards from the National Association of Development Organizations for work on Economic Resiliency Resources and the Gorge TransLink.com Website Project.
Economic Resiliency Resources: Over the last several years, the Mid-Columbia region has seen increasingly frequent economic shocks resulting from natural disasters, specifically wildfire and winter weather events, major accidents, and business shifts. In 2019, MCEDD began a focused effort to review the region’s responses to recent economic shocks to identify gaps in support for small businesses and develop more focused strategies to support long term economic resiliency in the region. MCEDD and its partners have begun working on several key initiatives, which have been critical during the pandemic response. For more information about MCEDD’s Economic Resiliency Resources, visit: https://www.mcedd.org/ready/.
The Gorge TransLink.com Website Project represents the many years of hard work, partnership, and coordination required to build a truly seamless and connected regional public transportation system. This website is the digital hub of the regional system, highlighting the individual transit services and their connectivity using accessible and innovative rider-facing tools. The technology is open-source, WordPress-ready and compatible, and available for any transit agency to build a similar website at very little cost. This project impacts the entire region, giving all residents access to the essential mobility benefits of public transit.
September 25, 2020 – For 51 years MCEDD has supported economic vitality in the five county bi-state region, focusing on opportunities to build our economy and support business and entrepreneurs. This year, MCEDD continued to deliver high quality technical assistance, business assistance and industry support through its core programs, while also expanding service offerings.
Significant milestones and accomplishments in fiscal year 2020 include:
Supporting economic resiliency as a result of COVID-19 with information and resource sharing, trainings, loans and grants responses to a myriad of economic shocks in 2018.
Providing technical assistance for our members accessing federal economic disaster funding for public works projects.
Implementing the regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy, in coordination with our members, and hosting a sold-out Economic Symposium to build connections across the region.
Launching the Gorge Regional Transit Strategy to support the regional Gorge TransLink public transportation system.
Expanding the LINK transportation system, providing over 22,000 passenger trips.
Providing direct business assistance through our loan programs, providing almost $1 million in funding this fiscal year to businesses.
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