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.
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October 22, 2013 – In 2011, Zed and Miko Ruhlen purchased Hood River Hobbies with the intention of expanding its offerings and growing the business. Their goal was to create a hobby shop in the Gorge that met the needs of hobbyists of all ages. In addition to providing a more diverse offering of hobby products including games, rockets, models, radio-controlled (rc) vehicles, hobby tools and paint, kites, trains, arts and crafts, toys, and more, Zed and Miko have also expanded the space to include room for classes and events. Hood River Hobbies now offers classes in rocket and model building, rc instruction, birdwatching, gaming events and more. They sought a MCEDD loan to purchase their initial inventory and provide working capital. Since then, they have expanded their special events, increased and diversified their inventory to appeal to a broader customer base, and supplemented the previous focus of the shop with other areas of their own expertise. For more information, check out their website www.hoodriverhobbies.com.
As a service to the regional business community and as a strong part of our economic development strategy for the region, MCEDD manages several business loan programs that provide an accessible, affordable source of capital for projects that create and/or retain jobs.
June 28, 2012 – Having been passionate about all things food for as long as she can remember, Sirota Johnston dreamed about starting her own culinary business. Sirota Johnston, and her husband and business partner Matt, came to MCEDD as they were putting together financing to purchase the former South Bank Kitchen space to move their fledgling catering company into a storefront where they could expand the services they offer their customers. Boda’s Kitchen is now a gourmet delicatessen, market and full service catering company that is passionate about providing “comfort gourmet” food using high quality, seasonal ingredients sourced locally whenever possible. Their loan from MCEDD helped them purchase the new space and grow their business. For more information on what you can find at Boda’s this time of year, check out their website.