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 25, 2019 – Mid-Columbia Economic Development District, under contract with the Port of Hood River, conducted a preliminary freight parking analysis for the Hood River waterfront. The report was presented at the January Port of Hood River Commission meeting. Access the report summary here.
The Port of Hood River requested the study to inform future decisions related to use of its properties. The parking study indicated that dedicated parking for commercial trucks and trailers is important for companies bringing goods to the region and is increasingly hard to find. In addition, if parking were limited or no longer available, delivery costs to businesses would likely increase, meaning a decrease to local business profit margins or increases in the costs of goods sold by those businesses.
September 1, 2018 –
Mount Adams Transportation Launches New Service
Mt. Adams Transportation Service will launch a new fixed route service from White Salmon to Hood River the day after Labor Day. The route schedule will run from 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Friday and will include stops in Bingen. Fare is $2.00 and children under 6 years are free. A Goldendale to The Dalles route will launch at the end of September. For more information, call MATS at 509-493-4662.
Columbia Gorge Commuter Express
The long awaited Columbia Gorge Commuter Express Bus will serve regional workforce needs between the Gorge and Portland, Monday through Friday. Portland, Monday through Friday. The first early morning run from the Columbia Area Transit Center in Hood River will stop at three Portland locations before returning to Hood River by 8:15 am. The evening bus will leave Hood River at 5:15 pm towards Portland and will return to Hood River later that evening. One way tickets cost $10.00. A monthly pass is available for a discounted price. The Gorge Commuter Bus is open to the public.
Gorge Commuter Pass
The Gorge Commuter Annual Employee Pass Program offers the fixed route services of both CAT and Mt Adams Transportation Service (MATS) at a substantial discount. For more information, call Kathy Fitzpatrick at MCEDD: 541-296-2266.