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.
July 28, 2015 – Lorraine Lyons and Rod Steward obtained a $55,000 small business loan through Mid-Columbia Economic Development District to help open a craft beer taphouse and growler fill station business. Their new business, 64oz. Taphouse and Growler Station opened in May 2015 and is located at 110 Third Street in downtown Hood River. 64oz. offers 30 taps of constantly rotating local, regional and international craft beers and ciders. You can enjoy a pint, a flight and stay a while or fill a growler to go.
Lorraine and Rod compliment their customers, saying “Community support has been fantastic”. 64oz. Taphouse and Growler Station’s loan from MCEDD helped finance the purchase of equipment, renovations to their new location and cover other start up costs. Rod and Lorraine are appreciative of this regional resource, saying “We can’t thank MCEDD enough for their monetary support. Without MCEDD this start up wouldn’t have been possible. We’re looking forward to opening a second location with their support in the future.”
As a new business, 64oz. is creating jobs that support the area’s economy and just hired their fifth employee earlier this month. You can learn more about 64oz. Taphouse and Growler Station at their Facebook page.
March 14, 2014 – Kim Brigham Campbell and her family harvest and sell salmon, steelhead, and other fish from the Columbia River, just as they and many other local Native American families have for generations. Until recently, they operated the business from home, relying on word of mouth to sell to a variety of individual and food service buyers who know them as providers of a quality product. As much an entrepreneur at heart as a fisher, Kim decided to open Brigham Fish Market to increase their marketing potential. To identify and secure financing, Kim contacted MCEDD. In addition to providing technical assistance through partnership with the CGCC Small Business Development Center, MCEDD provided a loan utilizing Oregon Investment Board and USDA Intermediary Relending funds that supported expanding this business.
Loan funds helped finance the purchase of land, building the storefront and buying the needed equipment to dry, can, and freeze this local fish to sell in their market and provide quality product to restaurants around the region. For more information, visit their website or stop into the storefront in Cascade Locks on WaNaPa Ave.