Mid Columbia Economic Development District, in conjunction with a Columbia Gorge Economic Development steering committee, conducted seven regional outreach sessions in 2016 to develop a comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS) for counties in the Columbia Gorge region.  This includes Wasco County.

The CEDS includes some basic demographic data as well as economic data that provides context for many of the strategies that resulted from the planning process.  The priority goals that were identified were:

  • Housing
  • Financial capital and entrepreneurial environment
  • Workforce
  • Infrastructure
  • Regulatory Environment

Several challenges and opportunities identified under these goals have implications for land use planning.

Staff has prepared a white paper about housing and economic development in Wasco County to provide an in depth look on an area that relates to two land use planning goals (Goal 9 and Goal 10) we will be looking at during the Wasco County 2040 process.