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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September 24, 2019 – Drawing from the economic resilience goals of the regional comprehensive economic development strategy and past responses to economic shocks, MCEDD has been conducting a review of responses to past economic disasters in order to highlight effective practices for economic recovery, identify gaps in support for businesses to withstand shocks, and outline recommendations for next steps to help the region withstand future disasters. As a result of this work, MCEDD has produced an assessment report to outline findings and recommendations for next steps as well as outreach tools (both print and online) that can be deployed to support regional businesses and individuals in the event of a disaster. The complete assessment report is available for download below and you can access the outreach tools at mcedd.org/ready Resilience Assessment Report_080519 [Continue Reading]
July 26, 2019 – Amanda Goeke and Abe Stevens opened Volcanic Bottle Shoppe nine years ago to bring a curated craft beer selection to the Columbia River Gorge. This craft beer bar and retail shop, located at 1410 12th Street in Hood River, features a wide selection of carefully curated beer. Amanda and Abe go out of their way to seek new, trending, and non-mainstream breweries and beers. They pride themselves on their tap list and coolers and are mindful to support the “little guys.”
Volcanic Bottle Shoppe also offers a community meeting space where Hood River residents can meet over a drink in a light and open environment focused on after work and early evening meet-ups. For several years they have offered beer school classes hosted by guests from local industry and they are always happy to talk to their customers about different beer styles. With the help of a loan through the Columbia River Gorge Oregon Investment Board (a fund staffed by MCEDD) Amanda and Abe were able to refinance the purchase of the building that Volcanic Bottle Shoppe calls home. Volcanic strives to set themselves apart by their selection and personalized customer service. At Volcanic, you will find a passion for craft beer and for community.
Mid-Columbia Economic Development District operates a number of business loan programs, including funds through the Columbia River Gorge Oregon Investment Board. The MCEDD Loan Programs are 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.