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Action Teams

Car-Free Visitor Transportation

A dynamic team focused on creative ways to reduce congestion and parking pain throughout the Gorge.

Culinary + Agritourism

Focused on celebrating local food and the farms who grow it, the producers who transform it, and the restaurants who serve it.

Culture

Highlighting the history and unique stories that are only found here.

Outdoor Recreation

The Gorge is a recreation mecca. This team helps to develop and enhance these experiences while protecting the natural resources from their impact.

Workforce

Working to help transform front-line staff into visitor welcoming superstars.

Communications & Marketing

Joining forces to direct the flow of visitors away from hot spots and towards the lesser known, yet to be discovered highlights and experiences.

Our Partners

Leadership

Renee Tkach

Board Chair | Friends of the Gorge

Kristin Dahl

Vice Chair | Travel Oregon

Josiah Dean

Treasurer | Balch Hotel

Judy Bair

Columbia Gorge Visitors Magazine

Rene Carroll

City of Washougal

Lorrie DeKay

Gorge Commission

David Duncan

Gray Line Tours

Kathy Fitzpatrick

Mid-Columbia Economic Development District

Stan Hinatsu

US Forest Service

Buck Jones

Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

Lizzie Keenan

Mt. Hood - Gorge Regional Destination Management Organization

Terra Lingley

Oregon Department of Transportation

Ashley Huckaby May

Visit Hood River

Emily Reed

Network Director

Latest news

Silent Auction Action

We have an amazing set of fun things to bid on at our Silent Auction table during the Summit including: Gift Certificate to the Balch Hotel An Oregon Wine package […]

Gorge Tourism Summit Schedule 2020

Gorge Trivia

Meet folks from around the region and see how well you know the Gorge. With trivia master Scott Anderson. No Host Bar | Prizes!

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BENEFITS OF THE NETWORK

“Collaboration is really important. Through that collaboration we’ve come up with some really great ideas. Having a unified voice is a benefit.”

-Stan Hinatsu, U.S. Forest Service

U.S. Forest Service

“My organization is starting to see the potential for our rural town and have taken key elements (like a 15 year vision) and are currently working on them to be developed.”

-Sofia Urrita-Lopez, Cascade Locks Tourism

Cascade Locks Tourism

“From my standpoint, being in this job 18 years, I’ve seen a lot of public planning processes on the local, state and federal levels and this is one of the better ones for the people who are participating to engage, interact, create and own, and then implement! Very effective.”

-Kevin Gorman, Friends of the Columbia Gorge

Friends of the Columbia Gorge

“The message that culture and history matter in the Columbia Gorge is important. What has been missing from our perspective is the story of the Columbia River – there is culture and heritage here, so let’s honor that legacy.”

– Colin Fogarty, Confluence

Confluence