ROOTED IN PLACE, POWERED BY LOCALS

Gorge Owned, a community-building organization working toward resilient, thriving communities in the Columbia Gorge, formally dissolved in 2020, but the organization’s work continues in many of the programs and initiatives it helped to launch. Thank you to all of the amazing volunteers and staff who gave so much time and energy over the years.

Sense of Place Lecture Series

The annual Sense of Place lecture series connects people through place and storytelling. Sense of Place features presenters from throughout the Pacific Northwest who share new insights into the cultural, natural, or political history of the Columbia River Gorge. The program is now a program of Mt. Adams Institute.

Power of Local, Sustainable Choices

For every $100 you spend at a local business, $68 will stay in the community. What happens when you spend that same $100 at a national chain? Only $43 stays here. Local business do much more than provide jobs and revenue: they are the lifeblood of our Main Streets who give bad in myriad ways. 

About Gorge Owned

For nearly a decade, GO worked to advance social, economic, and environmental resilience in the Columbia River Gorge. Through community conversations, powerful lectures, and a passion for strengthening local communities, we helped people deepen their connections to our landscape and to one another.

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Bridging the Gorge Tickets On Sale Now – and Seeking Volunteers!

Bridging the Gorge Tickets On Sale Now – and Seeking Volunteers!

Please join Gorge Owned for Bridging the Gorge: great food, good people, and powerful conversation.  Many issues divide and connect us as communities — from polarizing local challenges, politics and ethnicity, geography and economics, even our ability as locals to...

Introducing Bridging the Gorge — Now Seeking Sponsors

Introducing Bridging the Gorge — Now Seeking Sponsors

Many complex issues divide and connect us as communities — from polarizing local challenges, politics and ethnicity, geography and economics, even our ability as locals to experience a sense of belonging (or not) here in the Gorge. What are the perceived and real...

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