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.
September 28, 2016 –
Oregon Brineworks is a growing business owned by Brian and Connie Shaw. This maker of naturally fermented foods, including pickles, garlic dills, beets, beans, kvass, kraut, slaws received an $110,000 loan from MCEDD to start up its business in 2012. Now two years later, Oregon Brineworks obtained a second loan of $38,000 to finance equipment need to support its growth.
MCEDD loan funds were needed to purchase equipment, such as a barrel washer, cabbage shredder with accoutrements, mixing machine and a delivery vehicle. This additional equipment allows them to increase production efficiencies needed because they need to process a full years worth of pickles and other products during a short window of time during July, August and September of each year.
In addition to creating local jobs, Oregon Brineworks sources its produce from family owned organic farms in Oregon and Washington whenever possible. They obtain over 90% of their ingredients for their high quality, organic, raw, no vinegar, pro-biotic, lacto-fermented vegetable products, from within a 100 mile radius.
Oregon Brineworks is located at 3875 Heron Drive #400, Hood River, Oregon and their products can be found in variety of markets in the Hood River, Portland and beyond, or at their website. For more information on Oregon Brineworks, contact Brian and Connie at 541-354-1357.
MCEDD manages the Oregon Investment Board, providing loans and grants in the National Scenic Area. Contact us at 541-296-2266 for more information.
August 28, 2016 – Cloud Cap Cycle & Board Shop, LLC obtained a $20,000 MCEDD loan in August 2016 to open a bicycle and board retail and repair business. Jason Barnes had been operating a part-time cycle repair and bike building business out of his barn. Cloud Cap Cycle & Board Shop’s new location at 4955 baseline Drive in Parkdale will sell bikes, snowboards, wakeboards, kiteboards, and paddleboards; service bikes at all price points; and tune snowboards.
Jason and his wife, Kara, as Parkdale residents feel that Parkdale is the perfect place for a local bike shop. Cloud Cap Cycle & Board Shop is open year round, Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 am – 6 pm.
You can learn more about Cloud Cap Cycle & Board Shop at www.cloudcapcycle.com.