The Bi-State Advisory Council is the joint structure designed to coordinate efforts of the Oregon and Washington Investment Boards, States of Oregon and Washington, MCEDD, USFS, Columbia River Gorge Commission and local partners in support of economic development in the National Scenic Area. The Council assesses economic development issues, markets the economic development program and identifies potential joint projects. The Bi-State Council also initiates ideas for economic development that emphasize creative thinking, partnerships and linkages among Gorge communities.
The Columbia River Gorge Bi-State Advisory Council is comprised of Oregon and Washington members. Voting members of the Bi-State Advisory Council include the following representatives from each county with conforming ordinances in place:
- The seven members of the Oregon Investment Board, including two from Wasco County, two from Hood River County, two from Multnomah County, and one at-large member appointed by the Governor’s Office for the State of Oregon.
- The members of the Washington Investment Board, including two from each County with conforming Scenic Area ordinances in effect, two at-large members appointed by the state and the Governor’s appointee.
Non-voting representatives include:
- a representative of Business Oregon
- a representative of the Washing ton Department of Commerce
- a representative of the US Forest Servicec
- a representative of the Columbia River Gorge Commission
- a representative of Mid-Columbia Economic Development District
Roles and Responsibility
- Representing local, state, and federal perspectives on economic conditions, resources, and trends in the National Scenic Area;
- Providing overall vision and strategy for promoting regional economic vitality in the National Scenic Area;
- Developing linkages between Columbia River Gorge communities and metropolitan areas in order to expand the resource base;
- Identifying additional market and investment opportunities and funding resources;
- Presenting projects and ideas for consideration for joint funding;
- Developing outreach strategies and communications tools to discuss the activities of the economic development purpose of the National Scenic Area and the Investment Boards; and
- Seeking additional resources to support the functions of the Boards.