Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD) announces the completion of the regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy update for 2020. The report, updated annually, provides a framework to support economic vitality for the Mid-Columbia region, which includes Klickitat and Skamania counties in Washington and Hood River, Wasco, and Sherman counties in Oregon. The strategy includes analysis of regional economic data, establishes regional goals and strategies, develops an implementation plan, and identifies investment priorities and funding sources.
The annual comprehensive economic development strategy update process draws on the cooperation between the MCEDD Strategy Committee, community partners, and MCEDD staff to develop a cohesive regional document that supports the regional economy. It provides a mechanism for coordinating the economic development efforts of individuals, organizations, local governments, and private industry. Ultimately, the strategy process helps create jobs, fosters a more stable and diversified regional economy, and improves living conditions.
The CEDS process is required for every region to qualify for federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) assistance under the EDA’s public works, economic adjustment, and most planning programs. It is also a prerequisite for EDA designation as an economic development district.
Among the major updates for the 2020 CEDS was the development of an updated regional project priority list. View the project list here.