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 22, 2019 –
Auto-Electric Co-Working space (above) and the Copper West building (right) located at 314 Lincoln St. in The Dalles
Argonaut Investments, LLC is the umbrella company for the projects owned by business partners Maui Meyer and Ben Stenn. Mr. Stenn is the Executive Chef at Celilo while Mr. Meyer is Managing Partner and Principal Broker of Copper West Real Estate. Both companies are related via co-ownership. “Since our first days as partners of the Sixth Street Bistro, Ben and I have worked closely in partnership, and Argonaut Investments is a logical extension of that” says Meyer.
“It was time for us to have a distinctive space with high visibility for our office, which has been in The Dalles for the past six years. Remodeling the iconic Auto Electric Building into two separate spaces was a great solution and will provide a new business hub on the west end of downtown The Dalles,” said Meyer. “One half is now Auto Electric Co-Working space, and the other is the new Copper West building. It’s a great way to grow our business and invest in The Dalles in one project.”
The MCEDD Loan Program is 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. This loan program is part of MCEDD’s efforts to strengthen and support the region’s economy.
October 24, 2019 –
Katrina (Trina) McAlexander is a third generation farmer, fermenter and nurse practitioner. She continues to build on the traditions her family started over 50 years ago at Mt. View Orchards, a 50-acre apple and pear farm nestled just north of Mt. Hood in the quaint town of Parkdale, Oregon. Mt. View Orchards continues to grow delicious, top-grade, environmentally sustainable fruit and is an important fruit grower in the Hood River Valley and Columbia Gorge region. Katrina cares deeply about growing fresh fruit for her community and with help from the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District Loan Program, has taken steps to broaden the scope of what the orchard has to offer.
In 2016 Trina planted a vineyard and began plans to open the Grateful Vineyard Tasting Room. The Grateful Vineyard opened Memorial Day weekend of 2019 as the very first winery/cidery in Mount Hood and the southernmost vineyard in the Columbia River Gorge. In keeping with their mission of creating a restorative place for people to come and be refreshed in the heart of the orchard, the tasting room allows visitors to sample both wine and cider and also serves as a beautiful and welcoming space for indoor events. In addition to its offering of Grateful Vineyard wine and cider from their own Golden Row label, the tasting room also offers artisanal pizzas featuring seasonal fruit and vegetables, farm fresh eggs and other local ingredients.
Trina identifies hospitality and generosity as two of the biggest core values of her family and their farm. Weaving together farming, fermentation and hospitality fills her life with joy and meaning and this is something she hopes to share with customers new and old.