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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

President | Friends of the Gorge

Kristin Dahl

VP | Crosscurrent Collective

Josiah Dean

Treasurer | Balch Hotel

Judy Bair

Columbia Gorge Visitors Magazine

Rene Carroll

Visit 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

Angie Waiss

Skamania County Chamber of Commerce

Emily Reed

Network Director

Aliza McHugh

Project Manager

Latest news

Future of Tourism: Reset Tourism Webinar

The CGTA network was featured in the kick-off event for the new Future of Tourism Coalition. (Click here to find the entire webinar). It starts with a fantastic keynote “Reframing Tourism -And […]

Lewis & Clark Trail Features the Gorge

The Gorge was featured in the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail Experience Expert Seminar #6: The Seasonality of Travel Along the Trail. This webinar, hosted by Derek Schimmel, explores […]

Network Pre-Meetings

In an effort to avoid zoom fatigue, we will also hold short ‘break-out sessions’ by topic during the week leading up the main meeting to discuss issues and identify solutions: […]

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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