MCEDD prioritizes regional projects


Washington Technical Assistance/Public Works

  1. Bingen Point Access Feasibility (Klickitat County EDA)

  2. Airport Flex Space (Klickitat County EDA)

  3. WRIA 29 (Skamania EDC)

  4. Maple Street (Port of Klickitat)

  5. North Bonneville Lift Station (City of North Bonneville)

  6. Columbia River Shoreline Improvement (Port of Skamania)

  7. Airport Runway (Klickitat County EDA)

  8. Skamania County Strategic Plan (Skamania EDC)

  9. Bingen Community Center (City of Bingen)

  10. Carson Water System (Skamania PUD)

Oregon Technical Assistance/Public Works

  1. Regional Wetland Strategy (Port of The Dalles)

  2. Giles French Park Study (Sherman County)

  3. Hood River Workforce Housing (Hood River County)

  4. Cascade Locks Industrial Park Access (Port of Cascade Locks)

  5. Crystal Springs Reservoir (City of Cascade Locks)

  6. Advanced Technology Center (Columbia Gorge Community College)

  7. Moro Medical Clinic (Sherman County)

  8. Dalles Riverfront Access (City of The Dalles)

  9. Rufus Community Center(City of Rufus)

  10. Port of Hood River Waterfront Infrastructure (Port of HR)

The Mid-Columbia Economic Development District announced the release of the updated Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

The full CEDS document is available at To view detailed project descriptions join the Platform at For more info regarding the CEDS process, contact Amanda Hoey at

The CEDS is a regional planning document prepared annually that outlines economic development goals and successes. This document chronicles the economic events of the past year in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Klickitat and Skamania counties.

“The CEDS provides a valuable asset to the Mid-Columbia region. It works as a summary of our region’s economic situation, an analysis of our challenges and opportunities, and identifies strategies to meet our economic development goals,” said MCEDD Executive Director Amanda Hoey.

The CEDS process is an important component of the region’s development. It is designed to be flexible in meeting the current needs of the region, as well as providing future accommodation for development. It provides a mechanism to coordinate the efforts of individuals, organizations, local governments, and private industry concerned with economic development.

Each of the projects listed on the 2014-15 CEDS project list can also be found on the Agora Platform. The Agora Platform provides an online marketplace to advance community and economic development priorities by matching community needs with relevant funding sources across public, private, and philanthropic sectors. For project owners involved in the CEDS list, Agora allows for projects to be maintained and kept current with real time information and project status.

“The annual CEDS process directed by MCEDD is a unique opportunity for our five county, two state region to speak with one voice, to push forward projects that will have significant economic impact on our region. The Agora Platform was an excellent new tool in helping MCEDD’s annual CEDS process put forward a great list of key priority projects,” noted Mike Smith, MCEDD board president.

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