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:

Feel free to attend any of the pre-meeting sessions. All are welcome to all.

Ideas to be shared and ranked at the full Network Meeting on Thursday, Nov 19th, 11-12:30pm (Click here to register)


CAR-FREE TRANSPORTATION | MONDAY, NOV 16, 11AM -12PM

Help identify issues and brainstorm creative ways to reduce congestion and parking pain throughout the Gorge

Join us for this discussion to clarify issues and identify solutions that take us closer to our Gorge 15-year vision:

[TRANSPORTATION] Our seamlessly integrated region-wide transportation system allows visitors to come, travel, explore and connect– all without needing a car. Public and private transit options combined with our bike routes and trail systems have created a multi-modal web knitting together our communities, attractions and outdoor recreation. The region is vibrant with visitation, and traffic congestion is a thing of the past.


CULINARY + AGRITOURISM | MONDAY, NOV 16, 12PM -1PM

Help identify issues and brainstorm creative ways to celebrate all things Gorge food & beverage

Join us for this discussion to clarify issues and identify solutions that take us closer to our 15-year vision:

[CULINARY/AGRICULTRE] The Gorge with its concentration of locally-owned boutique vineyards and small farms boasts an abundant and rich local food scene. Locals and visitors alike can easily eat what’s grown and produced here and visitors are welcomed by growers to have meaningful, quality on-farm experiences. Restauranteurs are well-connected with local growers adding value to locally produced ingredients and offering memorable foodie experiences. The visitor industry has helped contribute to alleviating hunger in the region.


CULTURE | TUESDAY, NOV 17, 11AM -12PM

Help identify issues and brainstorm creative ways to highlight the history & art that are only found here

Join us for this discussion to clarify issues and identify solutions that take us closer to our 15-year vision:

[CULTURE] The ‘Gorge Experience’ is unparalleled due to its exposure to history and culture. Locals in the Gorge’s charming communities help travelers gain a deep understanding of peoples who have inhabited the Gorge in the past, of people who reside here now, and of the natural and human forces that have shaped and reshaped the landscape. Stories of this powerful place, both cultural and natural, are infused into every element of the traveler experience. Local guides help travelers personalize and deepen their own connection to the place and an unusual and rich array of classes and events to experience local culture exist. Trails of national historic significance including the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, the Ice Age Floods National Geologic Trail, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail and the Oregon Trail also bring the region’s history to life.


SPREAD THE LOVE |TUESDAY, NOV 17, 12PM – 1PM

Help identify issues and brainstorm creative ways to address congestion & spread the benefits of visitation

Join us for this discussion to clarify issues and identify solutions that take us closer to our 15-year vision:

[SEASONALITY/CONGESTION] Our intuitive visitor information system has reduced congestion, and spread the benefits to all corners of our region. We have effectively targeted the high-value visitor who appreciates the outdoors and local culture, is sensitive to their surroundings and enjoys people-powered activities. Visitors are coming year-round and staying multiple days.


WORKFORCE | TUESDAY, NOV 17, 12PM – 1PM

Help identify issues and brainstorm creative ways to support front line workers & businesses

Join us for this discussion to clarify issues and identify solutions that take us closer to our 15-year vision


OUTDOOR RECREATION | TUESDAY, NOV 17, 12PM – 1PM

Help identify issues and brainstorm creative ways to develop world class outdoor rec sans congestion

Join us for this discussion to clarify issues and identify solutions that take us closer to our 15-year vision:

[BALANCE] We have found balance and offer an unforgettable visitor experience while preserving our unique living ecosystem of people, culture and nature. Local residents live in a harmonious and symbiotic relationship with our environment and with the people who travel from around the world to experience a slice of life in the Gorge.


WELCOMABILITY | TUESDAY, NOV 17, 1PM – 2PM

Help identify issues and brainstorm creative ways to create a more inclusive experience in the Gorge

Join us for this discussion to clarify issues and identify solutions around justice, diversity equity, and inclusion in the visitor experience in the Gorge.


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