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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.

If you are working on a public infrastructure or a community project ask us about services for local governments and community groups.

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.

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.

RELEASE: "Local" as a Resiliency Strategy"

NEOEDD outreach specialist, Kristy Athens, worked on a food hub feasibility study for Wallowa County in 2017, thanks to a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust. Download it here.

Upcoming DEI Round Tables

Save the dates!

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 and staff to learn, share, and discuss DEI methods and strategies. The next roundtables will be held May 2 (Location in Baker City TBD), Aug. 1 (Location in Wallowa County TBD), and Nov. 7, 2018, and Feb. 6, 2019. Details forthcoming.

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

 

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

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