When planning travel to the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge, please be aware of current health advisories.

Industry Resources

Welcome to the Mt. Hood and Columbia River Gorge regional tourism industry resources page. Here you will find information about research, tourism planning meetings, events, and trainings, creative assets to boost your next marketing campaign and a myriad of other resources to help you make an impact in your community through tourism. 

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COVID-19 Resources: 

FOR EMPLOYEES: 

Individuals who cannot work may apply for unemployment insurance. Please encourage complete the online application as the phone lines are swamped with calls. Further, individuals who apply for unemployment DO NOT need to come into a WorkSource Center to complete their application. More information on how to apply can be found at:

https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Unemployment/Pages/default.aspx


FOR EMPLOYERS:

Business Oregon: https://www.oregon4biz.com/Coronavirus-Information/

Specific financial tools: http://www.oregon4biz.com/Coronavirus-Information/COVID19-Resources.php

Business Interruption Service: If you have questions about your insurance coverage, contact your insurance provider.
If you have questions about an insurance company or agent or need to file a complaint, contact the Division of Financial Regulation’s advocacy team at 888-877-4894 (toll-free) or dfr.insurancehelp@oregon.gov.

WorkShare: A program that helps businesses avoid layoffs by leveraging unemployment insurance (UI) to subsidize a portion of lost wages…see link below for more information.   https://www.oregon.gov/employ/Businesses/WorkShare/Pages/Work%20Share%20Home%20Page.aspx

Rapid Response: This is a task force specifically designed to promote economic recovery and vitality by planning with businesses to avert or respond to layoffs and dislocations to prevent or minimize the impact on workers, businesses and communities. Our team will work directly with businesses and their employees to assist in layoff aversion strategies, help affected worker apply for unemployment benefits, find access to health care resources and training so they can get back to work rapidly. https://www.oregon.gov/highered/institutions-programs/workforce/Pages/workforce-employers-layoffs.aspx

SBA Emergency Loans:

The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering low-interest federal disaster loans to small business and non-profits for working capital who are suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam Counties in Oregon and Klickitat and Skamania in Washington. (This works for any neighboring county as well, including Clackamas and Multnomah)

·        The interest rate is 3.75 percent for small businesses.

·        The interest rate for private non-profit organizations is 2.75 percent.

These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Disaster loans can provide vital economic assistance to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing.

SBA offers loans with long-term repayments in order to keep payments affordable, up to a maximum of 30 years and are available to entities without the financial ability to offset the adverse impact without hardship.

Apply here:  https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.

RESTAURANTS AND LODGING PROPERTIES: 
Text ORLA to 52886 to get the latest updates on COVID-19 related to the Restaurant and Lodging industry.  


GORGE SPECIFIC RESOURCES: 

This tool on https://www.mcedd.org/ready/ has tons of great resources and includes information on Washington as well. 


TRAVEL OREGON TOOLKIT:
https://industry.traveloregon.com/opportunities/marketing-co-ops-toolkits/toolkits/covid-19-toolkit/


Funding Opportunities

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Mt. Hood and the Columbia River Gorge - Strategic Investment FundClosed until Fall 2020TBD https://www.hood-gorge.com/strategic-investment-fund
WEST COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE
WATERFALLS
One of the most iconic places in the Pacific North West, the Columbia River Gorge offers unparalleled waterfall scenery and canyon views. Visit the West Columbia Gorge area to stand at the base of waterfalls, boat on the mighty Columbia River, or to stand atop vistas and take in the view. READ MORE
THE DALLES
SUNSHINE
Boasting 300 days of sunshine a year, The Dalles is a place full of recreation, culture, and history. A historic Native American trading area, this city has been a center of commerce for over 10,000 years. A paradise for history buffs, cyclists, and wine aficionados, The Dalles is for all to enjoy. READ MORE
MT. HOOD TERRITORY
EXPLORATION
The only mountain offering summer skiing in North America, Mt. Hood and the surrounding territory never gets old. If you’re not a skier, put on your hiking boots, grab a fishing pole, or load up your kayak to explore the trails, lakes, and rivers, found throughout the area. READ MORE
HOOD RIVER
WATERSPORTS
Offering world-class kiteboarding and windsurfing, Hood River is where outdoor enthusiasts and adventure-seekers are drawn to. Close to the mountain, along the river, and nestled against superb farmland, visit this town for amazing restaurants, fresh produce, and an unrivaled watersport scene. READ MORE
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