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NEOEDD’s mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in Northeast Oregon.

The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) is a public organization established in 1985. Baker, Union and Wallowa counties formed the District by Intergovernmental Agreement as a way to enhance community and economic development services in the region.

Our staff members are dedicated to the communities they serve in northeast Oregon and have strong business networking, facilitation, financial, organizational and project development skills.

If you are starting or growing a business, ask us about our business finance and business training programs.

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If you are part of a non-profit organization ask how we can help your board and workers strategize, fund and operate in ways that best meet your mission.

Workers’ Compensation Workshop for Employers

When is a worker a legal contractor, and at what point should she or he become an employee? These and other questions will be answered at the Tomas Conference Room of the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce (309 S River St., in Enterprise) on Wednesday, October 1, at 6 p.m. The Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce and Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) are co-sponsoring a presentation by Kelly O'Berg, field investigator for the Oregon Workers’ Compensation Division. This workshop is designed to keep employers in compliance with the law and to answer their questions in a non-threatening environment.

O’Berg will discuss:

• The benefits of workers’ compensation insurance
• Employers and workers’ compensation
• What workers are excluded
• Workers’ compensation and independent contractors

O’Berg was a police officer for 23 years. After finishing his police career, he worked in Iraq on a three-year contract with the U.S. State Department, training and advising Iraqi police officers. In 2011, O’Berg joined Oregon’s Department of Consumer and Business Services, Workers’ Compensation Division, as a field investigator.

Start Date: 
Wed, 10/1/14 6:00 pm
End Date: 
Wed, 10/1/14 8:00 pm

NEOEDD Receives NADO 2014 Innovation Award


WASHINGTON, DC – The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District, based in Enterprise, Oregon, received a 2014 Innovation Award from the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO) Research Foundation for the NE Oregon Community Capital Collaborative project.  

NEOEDD is working to re-localize private investment from Wall Street to Main Street. The goal is to make more capital available to local businesses by shifting a portion of the money that typically leaves the region back into local investments. NEOEDD is not focusing on accredited investors but on non-wealthy people who have some investment money and care about the region in which they live.

“We are looking at a number of ways to foster local investing,” says NEOEDD Executive Director Lisa Dawson, who traveled to Denver to attend the NADO conference and receive the award. “We’ve already formed Local Impact Investing Opportunity Networks (LIIONs) in Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties. We are setting up public events and educational workshops for potential investors, business owners, attorneys, and financial planners, so everyone can better understand some of the benefits and limitations of local investing.”

NEOEDD supports the crowdfunding site Changefunder, which focuses on projects in the Pacific Northwest. The first business featured on the site, the Lostine Tavern, raised nearly $28,000. NEOEDD’s efforts are so impressive that the master of ceremonies, John Martin, mentioned their appeal to both Baby Boomers and Millenials in his remarks during the ceremony in Denver on August 26.

“For 28 years, NADO’s Innovation Awards have recognized regional development organizations for their hard work and commitment to promoting economic development in rural and small metropolitan communities across the country. Award recipients have created innovative solutions that build on the unique strengths and challenges of their regions, all while continuing to promote sustainable economic growth not only now, but for many years to come,” said NADO President Peter Gregory, Executive Director of the Two Rivers-Ottauquechee Regional Commission in Woodstock, VT.

NADO is a Washington, DC-based association that promotes programs and policies that strengthen local governments, communities, and economies through regional cooperation, program delivery, and comprehensive strategies.  The association’s Innovation Awards program recognizes regional development organizations and partnering organizations for improving the economic and community competitiveness of our nation’s regions and local communities. Award winners will be showcased during NADO’s 2014 Annual Training Conference, August 23 - 26 in Denver, Colorado. 


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