Economic Development Commission

About the EDC
Formed in 1987, the Wasco County Economic Development Commission has been coming together with partners to support economic development and growth since its inception.  Today the Economic Development Commission acts as the economic development arm of Wasco County, with a focus on job creation and increasing capacity throughout the County. The EDC:

  1. Collaborates with, and provides technical assistance to, local entities to accomplish projects focused on the above outcomes and to bring further investment into Wasco County.
  2. Provides leadership on countywide economic development efforts identified by both the Economic Development Commission and the Board of County Commissioners.
  3. Keeps the Board of County Commissioners apprised of economic development activity, opportunities, and needs throughout the County.
For more information, view the Wasco County EDC forming resolution.


EDC Commissioners

The EDC is a group of 11 County Commission appointed representatives of economic interests and geographic areas from around Wasco County.  Currently, the following individuals sit on the EDC:
Position 1 - Brian McCormick (Northern)
Position 2 - Tonya Brumley (Central)
Position 3 - Kate Willis (Southern)
Position 4 - Jennifer Toepke (Port of The Dalles)
Position 5 -Dan Spatz (City of The Dalles)
Position 6 - Lisa Farquharson, Chair (Chambers of Commerce)
Position 7 - Bob Krein (At-Large, Dryland Ag/Cattle focus)
Position 8 - Megan Thompson, Vice Chair (At-Large, Fruitgrowers focus)
Position 9 - Fritz Ellett (At-Large)
Position 10 - Ed Thomas (At-Large)
Position 11 - Justin Brock (At-Large, Utilities focus)