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 Opening
The Wasco County EDC has an opening to fill the remainder of a term through December of 2024 for Position 10. This position is an at-large position with a focus on representation from the housing, real estate and development sector.   Please fill out the interest form and submit it to EDC staff as outlined in the PDF no later than 12pm Friday, February 3rd for first round consideration. The EDC will make a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners for an appointment at its March 2, 2023 meeting. 
Interest form PDF


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 - Amy McNamee (Southern)
Position 4 - Jennifer Toepke (Port of The Dalles)
Position 5 -Rich Mays (City of The Dalles)
Position 6 - Lisa Farquharson, Vice Chair (Chambers of Commerce)
Position 7 - Bob Krein (At-Large, Dryland Ag/Cattle focus)
Position 8 - Megan Thompson, Chair (At-Large, Fruitgrowers focus)
Position 9 - Fritz Ellett (At-Large)
Position 10 - Nan Wimmers (At-Large)
Position 11 - Justin Brock (At-Large, Utilities focus)