In 1986, the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act established a bi-state, six-county region shared by the states of Oregon and Washington. In conjunction with this Act, Congress earmarked funds for the purpose of making economic development loans and grants. The Columbia River Gorge Oregon Investment Board (OIB) is responsible for the administration of these funds benefiting the Oregon counties lying in the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area. The Oregon Investment is staffed by the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District and governed by a seven-member Board of representatives.
For more information about Oregon Investment Board and its grant and loan programs, view the Oregon Investment Board Guidelines.
Bi-State Advisory Council
The Oregon Investment Board also works with their partners in Washington—the Washington Investment Board—through the Bi-State Advisory Council.
Columbia River Gorge Commission and US Forest Service: The Management Plan for the National Scenic Area is a separate document prepared by the Columbia River Gorge Commission and U.S. Forest Service. The plan outlines a process by which the Gorge Commission is to certify that economic development activities undertaken under the grants and loans program are consistent with the National Scenic Act, the management plan, and land use ordinances.
Washington Investment Board:Businesses or organizations from the Washington counties in the National Scenic should be in contact with the Washington Investment Board regarding available funds.