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 25, 2020 –
Photo of Buck Jones, Courtesy of Friends of the Columbia River Gorge
RuraLead is a collaborative effort led by Rural Development Initiatives with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and multiple regional partners, hosting learning journeys and conducting interviews with rural leaders, leadership practitioners, and philanthropists that bring to light conditions and programs that support and impact rural leaders across the United States.
MCEDD board member Buck Jones was nominated as an inspiring rural Northwest leader by MCEDD, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission, Gorge Grown Food Network, and The Next Door, Inc, with the support of MRG Foundation Since Time Immemorial Fund Grant Committee, Northwest Tribal Food Sovereignty Coalition, and Columbia Gorge Tourism Alliance. Read more here.
Buck will be featured in a video for the “Leaders in Transitioning Rural Economies” session of the Northwest Learning Journey. He will share stories about the communities he works with and the economic transitions taking place at this time. Join Buck in this virtual learning session on October 9, 10-11:45 am by registering here. [Continue Reading]
September 23, 2020 – MCEDD, in partnership with the Columbia Gorge Community College Small Business Development Center, Sherman County, and The Dalles Area, Condon, Hood River County and Maupin Area Chambers , is hosting a series of business resiliency training sessions through May 2021. Funding support is provided by Business Oregon’s Rural Opportunity Initiative program and USDA RD Rural Business Development Grant program. All events will be online, free, and open to all participants, regardless of where your business is located. The first session, Digital Marketing Strategies, will be on September 28, 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm. In this session, participants will learn ways to reach their audience by strengthening their online presence and online communications with SEO, email campaigns, social media, and PPC ads. Click here for details on all of the sessions, the schedule and to register.