Gorge Food industry forum planned for Nov. 18 in HR

Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (MCEDD), Washington State University and Gorge Grown Food Network are hosting a forum about the current and future state of value-added food processing industry in the Gorge on Tuesday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Columbia Gorge Hotel in Hood River.

This event is being held as a result of a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to grow manufacturing, known as the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP). The Forum is meant to gather people involved with the full supply chain of food production in the Gorge - from growers to food and beverage manufacturers - and those supporting the industry.

The day-long event will share information about trends in the industry, business support resources and inspiring success stories. The forum will be focused on engaging attendees in envisioning the future of this industry in the Gorge. “The IMCP grant is helping us develop a strategic plan to support and grow manufacturing in the Gorge,” said Amanda Hoey, MCEDD Executive Director. “This is our chance to bring stakeholders together to tell us what they need and want for the industry while also strengthening their connections and businesses.” The event is free to attend and lunch will be provided.

Contact Jessica Metta at Jessica@mcedd.org or 541-296-2266 for more information or to RSVP (required).

Mid-Columbia Economic Development District is the regionally-focused economic development agency in the Gorge and serves as lead agency for the Economic Development Administration. Business support, regional coordination and technical assistance services are provided throughout Hood River, Wasco and Sherman Counties in Oregon and Skamania and Klickitat Counties in Washington. Learn more about MCEDD and the IMCP project at mcedd.org/imcp.htm.

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