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.
January 22, 2020 – Mid-Columbia Economic Development District is updating Wasco County’s Coordinated Human Services Transportation Plan, which is focused on the transportation needs of seniors, low income individuals, individuals with disabilities and Limited English Proficiency individuals. All Wasco County residents are invited to take a survey to help share what is important to you in meeting these transportation needs so we may spend our limited resources wisely.
Click here to take the survey in English: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WCTransPlanE
Click here to take the survey in Spanish: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WCTransPlanS
Survey Deadline: February 14, 2020. For more information, contact Kathy Fitzpatrick at 541-296-2266 or email@example.com.
December 30, 2019 – The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced the grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program, which includes funds for replacement of two MCEDD Link public transportation vehicles in The Dalles! We are excited to continue expanding services. “One is already not functioning and another is on its way out. This will be essential to helping us maintain public transportation service in Wasco County,” said Jessica Metta, Deputy Director. The purpose of the Grants for Buses and Bus Facilities Program is to assist in the financing of buses and bus facilities capital projects, including replacing, rehabilitating, purchasing or leasing buses or related equipment, and rehabilitating, purchasing, constructing or leasing bus-related facilities.
In addition to the vehicle awards, MCEDD is appreciative of support through the Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO). SDAO has awarded grant funds to MCEDD through their 2019-2020 Special Districts Insurance Services Safety & Security Grant. MCEDD will receive matching funds (up to $3,050) to support the cost of new security cameras (total of 8) and installation on the new buses. These cameras will allow MCEDD to take a pro-active approach to ensuring the safety of passengers and drivers, help deter vandalism and theft, and allow for better decision making related to on-board incidents.