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Stevenson Store Front Art Project
The EDC pitched the idea of preparing storefront displays to the owners of vacant storefronts in Stevenson as well as to local artists. The idea was widely embraced and the EDC started organizing all the supplies needed to create art displays. With Pat Hood’s (www.pathoodart.com) significant help and expertise in creating the displays, three storefront art displays have been completed in vacant storefronts within downtown Stevenson. Feedback from local citizens has been great and overwhelmingly positive. The EDC’s overall goal is to create a more inviting space for people to experience as they walk by these storefronts while still allowing the owners to advertise the space for rent. This ongoing project would not be possible without contributions from the City of Stevenson, Skamania County Chamber of Commerce, and the Stevenson Business Association who are all consistent supporters of the EDC in its business and economic development activities in addition to all of their continued efforts to promote activities in our area.
Stewardship for the Next Generation
“Stewardship for the Next Generation” is the second of two videos on the Columbia River Gorge released in 2011 by local video production team Laughing Deva, LLC. The purpose of the video is to motivate the viewer to reflect on their personal impact on the Gorge and to seek regional solutions that promote protection of it's natural beauty.
“Stewardship for the Next Generation” and “Come to the Gorge”, released by Laughing Deva in February, were produced through a grant provided by the Mid-Columbia Economic Development Commission (MCEDD) and the Skamania County Economic Development Council (EDC).
Whistling Ridge Wind Farm
A planned wind farm project is being proposed by local SDS Lumber Company and would be located on commercial timberlands north of Underwood Mountain in Skamania County. For more information please visit whistlingridgeenergy.com/site/. Also see Impact of Wind Farms on Tourism in Skamania County, WA (2010) located on our Resources page.
Come to the Gorge: Economic Flow Video
In 2010, the Skamania EDC and Mid-Columbia Economic Development District funded the production of a video promoting the Gorge, its economy and lifestyle, and its scenic beauty. Light Wave Communications and Laughing Deva, LLC completed the production in early 2011. There is also a link to this video from our Resources page.
Broughton Landing Project
In February 2011, the Oregon Supreme Court concluded that it would not hear an appeal by Friends of the Gorge of the Oregon Court of appeals decision issued in May of 2010 that sided with the Columbia River Gorge Commission (CRGC) on their plan amendment to modify zoning to allow for a recreational resort at the old Broughton Lumber Mill site. The next step will be for Skamania County to modify their National Scenic Area Ordinance to be consistent with the CRGC’s Management Plan Amendment. For more information on the project and the company’s timeline on moving forward with development, visit their website at www.broughtonlanding.com/.