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Provide Your Opinion about the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats facing NE Oregon and Help Chart the Course for the Future

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 engages community leaders, private sector partners, and other stakeholders in planning for our region’s future.    
The CEDS planning process creates a forum for the region to identify its strengths and weaknesses and brings together diverse partners to create living-wage jobs and livable communities, diversify the economy, and spur economic growth. An effective CEDS allows a region to maximize its potential, as well as engage with the US Economic Development Administration (EDA) and other federal partners to receive infrastructure and technical assistance grants, such as EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. Overall, an effective CEDS identifies locally-grown strategies that will guide regional economic development, encourage partnerships and collaboration, and improve economic outcomes and overall quality of life in our region. The planning process results in a document that is shared in the region and available to the public via NEOEDD’s website: http://www.neoedd.org/content/comprehensive-plan.
We have identified two different ways to participate in the planning process, and invite you to participate in either or both of them.
1.       Provide input on a few surveys that NEOEDD will be distributing to obtain perspectives and ideas from the community. The purpose of the first survey, the longest of the surveys, is to identify the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats facing the region. We are currently collecting responses to this survey here. Subsequent surveys will be used to help us identify projects and priorities for further development or implementation.
2.       Join us at local public input meetings that will be held in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties. If you’d like to participate in a discussion and provide input, attend a public meeting, which will be held in February and/or March. If you provide your e-mail address to lisadawson@neoedd.org, we will notify you of the dates and times of these meetings.
Please provide your input on the SWOT survey by January 5, 2018.