The five-county Mid Columbia Economic Development District has begun a series of virtual meetings, to be held over the next nine months, on planning for the Gorge economy.

The Strategy Development meetings will help inform MCEDD’s 2022 Gorge-wide strategies for assisting local businesses.

To participate in the strategy development, visit

Upcoming meetings will focus on the following areas:

April 28 — Demographics and Data

May 26 — Sector Focus Areas

June 30 — Analysis of Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats

July 28 — Vision and Goals

Sept. 1 — Strategies

Oct. 6 — Measuring Success, and Implementation

Nov. 5 — Annual Gorge Economic Symposium, with draft presented, and a “call to action,” according to executive director Jessica Metta.

Contact MCEDD for assistance:, and 541-296-2266.