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Save Dates for CEDS--and Take the Values Survey

In today’s competitive global market, it is necessary for regions to have a long-term economic development strategy that can serve as a roadmap to progress and prosperity. The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) does just that. It is a locally based, regionally driven economic-development planning process that successfully engages community leaders, private sector partners, Economic Development Districts (EDDs), and other stakeholders in planning for our region’s future.
 
NEOEDD is leading a series of conversations and surveys across the region to gather input for a new CEDS document that will guide development activities for 2018-2023. On Jan. 24 community and business leaders from across Northeast Oregon gathered in La Grande (photos below) to consider the results of a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) survey that NEOEDD distributed in January. The next step in the CEDS process is a public survey and three public discussions.

We need your input!
What are the guiding values that community leaders should consider when making policy? Take this survey to add your thoughts.

Please consider attending one of the upcoming CEDS community gatherings. Anyone interested in sharing ideas and priorities for the region's development is welcome to participate. The gatherings will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.:
• Feb. 28 at Baker County Fairgrounds Small Meeting Room, 2600 East St. in Baker City
• Mar. 7 at Community Connection, 702 NW 1st St. in Enterprise
• Mar. 14 at Blue Mt. Conference Center, 404 12th St. in La Grande
RSVP or ask for more information at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598.

-LGBTQ 101- Topic of Next DEI Roundtable

Rural Oregon's nonprofit organizations are exploring how diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) can build understanding, strengthen mission impact, and ensure public benefit. To this end, NEOEDD is organizing a series of roundtable discussions for regional nonprofit board members and staff to learn, share, and discuss DEI methods and strategies. The next roundtable will be held Feb. 7, 2018; others are planned for May 2, Aug. 1, and Nov. 7, 2018, and Feb. 6, 2019.

The Feb. 7 session will be held at the Island City Hall, 10605 Island Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including lunch. The title is “LGBTQ 101,” and will be led by Meg Bowen (pictured, with dog Sparky), quality director at Winding Waters Clinic in Enterprise, and Stef Duncan and Kyrie Weaver of Safe Harbors in Enterprise. Bowen has worked in health care and primary care for more than 30 years and is a Pacific Northwest native. Duncan has worked as a domestic violence and sexual assault victims’ advocate for the past eight years, the last three of which as an LGBTQ-specific advocate in Wallowa County.

Sessions in October and December of last year focused on assessing an organization's progress in addressing DEI generally, within programs and at the governance level. The February roundtable focuses on a specific element of DEI: how denying human rights to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer members of our community not only threatens those individuals in obvious ways, but is also detrimental to everyone in the community.

"A community that is not safe for all of its members isn’t safe for any of its members," notes Bowen. "This roundtable will offer history and also present-day implications of fear and bigotry."

The cost to attend is $25 per person per roundtable discussion. Scholarships are available; please inquire at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598. Registration here.

This program is available thanks to a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust.