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.
March 18, 2020 – To protect the public and our staff by slowing the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus), our office and lobby are closed to in-person services at this time. Please contact us at 541-296-2266 for remote options. Information about temporary changes impacting the LINK Public Transit is available here. [Continue Reading]
March 13, 2020 – Over the coming weeks as the COVID-19 pandemic moves through our communities and deeply affects our economy, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District will be working with other regional economic development and workforce entities to mobilize a bi-state team and resources to assess and respond. MCEDD has been building economic resiliency tools over the last few years, with specific resources for businesses and individuals on our website here. During the Eagle Creek Fire recovery, our business loan program provided important relief for our region and we will be considering how we can make these resources more available.
As the operator of The Link Public Transit in Wasco County, we have increased the cleaning of our buses throughout the day and are working with our team to keep our riders and drivers safe. We are also encouraging telework where possible for our employees and limiting in-person meetings.
We are deeply dedicated to ensuring everyone’s safety and well-being while serving our community without interruption. We are closely monitoring guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), along with guidance from state and local government health and emergency management authorities in our bi-state region.
Resources that we find helpful are available below and will be updated as new resources are identified or become available.
Washington state recommendations for workplaces and employers can be found here and resource lists for businesses and workers are located here.
Oregon employer information and resources can be found here.
The CDC’s complete list of preventative actions for homes, businesses and communities is available here.
The World Health Organization’s direction for preparing your workplace for COVID-19 is available here. [Continue Reading]