Mid-Columbia Economic Development District
(MCEDD) is made up of three counties in Oregon (Hood River, Wasco and Sherman) and two counties in Washington (Skamania and Klickitat),
all bordering the Columbia River.
MCEDD was established in 1969 by its five member counties who realized
that by sharing a common workforce, a common geography and a number of
other important factors, their economic fates were tied together. They
realized that by joining together they would benefit from better access
to economic development loans and grants, pooled technical assistance,
marketing, and administrative resources, and most importantly, they would
be able to bring a regional approach to their economic development efforts.
Over the years MCEDD’s membership has grown to include cities, ports
and chambers of commerce within the five county region.
Today it still retains the distinction of being the only regionally focused
economic development agency in the Mid-Columbia and therefore the agency
most appropriate to serves as lead agency for the Economic Development
Administration. MCEDD is organized as a government non-profit in Oregon
as an ORS-190 and in Washington as a RCW 39.34.010.