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Oregon’s economy is more interconnected today than ever before. When we can work together as a City, as a County, as a Region or even Statewide, we can accomplish more – create more jobs, start more businesses, grow employment and revenue. Our efforts can provide a “positive feedback loop” where Lake Oswego businesses benefit from general growth in our part of Oregon by creating more customers and vendors.

One unique way Lake Oswego Chamber Members can work to create a growing regional economy is through the Mt. Hood Economic Alliance. The MHEA provides gap financing loans for businesses in Clackamas, Hood River and Wasco Counties. It also provides secondary financing for businesses unable to secure (enough) financing through conventional banking means.

MHEA is currently seeking two additional members for its Board of Directors from Clackamas County. The Board meets 4 times per year to review and decide upon funding requests. The Chamber encourages any of its Members who might have an interest in helping to build our regional economy to consider a term of service on the Mt. Hood Economic Alliance Board. Doing so will bring personal and business value to you, your team and our City.

If you’re interested in serving on the MHEA Board, if you’d like to explore loan funding, or if you just have questions about the organization, please call (541) 296-2266 or email info@mcedd.org. Note: The Mt. Hood Economic Alliance is administered by the Mid-Columbia Economic Development District so your inquiry will reach that office.