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2017 OEDA Professional Development

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don't miss the first class of the Oregon Certified Economic Developer Program!

Economic Development in Oregon

Wednesday, October 25th
Crown Plaza Portland - Lake Oswego
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The economic development landscape in Oregon is unique. As an Oregon Economic Development Professional, it's important to understand the economic development landscape and make informed decisions.

This interactive 8-credit training covers in depth information regarding Oregon's economy, including the context and tools needed to understand development dynamics, be active in the legislative process, and prepare for challenges and opportunities facing our economy.

Information gained in this 101 course is perfect for those new to the profession and mid-career professionals as it provides a good foundation for the remainder of courses in the Oregon Certified Economic Developer Program.

You'll leave this interactive training with an understanding of:

  • Oregon's economic drivers and key industries
  • Role of exporting in Oregon
  • Oregon's tax structure
  • Oregon Legislature - how the legislature works (long session and short sessions)
  • Tools and resources in Oregon
  • Economic development organizations, what they do, and how to work with them
  • The workforce and education landscape
  • Role of land use in economic development
  • Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies and how to align your strategies

Register Now

Early-Bird Training rates (ends September 29th): $175 for OEDA Members $225 for Non-Members

Training registration includes breakfast, lunch, and class materials.

Thank you to our training sponsor!

 

Rural Scholarships Available!

OEDA is pleased to offer professional development scholarships to rural communities, in partnership with Business Oregon.

There are six (6) $100 scholarships available for this training. To receive a scholarship, applicants must meet the scholarship criteria. Priority is given to applicants that best meet the criteria and that will benefit most from professional development opportunities.

Applications are due Wednesday, October 4th.

Click here for scholarship information and application!

Rural Professional Development Scholarships made possible by:


 


Oregon Certified Economic Developer Program

The Oregon Certified Economic Developer Program (OCED) is a formal professional development program aimed at ensuring Oregon's economic development professionals receive the most current and relevant training in topics pertaining to the practice of economic development in Oregon.

Course offerings include topics that benefit professionals in a variety of roles, including business recruitment and retention, tourism and marketing, business development, and community development and planning.

Learn more!

 

 

Attend the 2017 OEDA Annual Conference

Annual Fall Conference, October 22 – 24th
Crowne Plaza – Lake Oswego

Register now

 

Welcome to the South Metro
2017 Oregon Economic Development Association Annual Conference is designed to provide you with tools and building blocks that will help you drive resiliency and growth in your home community. The agenda covers many applicable topics such as, creating a dynamic community, to rethinking workforce development, lead generation, as well as looking at how competitive Oregon is, and why the next recession will be different.

OEDA will honor the best of the best in our annual Economic Development Awards and the election of new Board members.


About the Conference
The OEDA Board of Directors knows that the networking that occurs at these events is extremely valuable. To encourage networking we have built in additional networking time between sessions. We plan to have several great opportunities for you to spend time with your colleagues, like the Sunday evening social and a fun interactive dinner at the World of Speed.

The OEDA Board is committed to strategic advocacy, valuable collaboration and innovative and relevant educational opportunities. We are confident that together we will inspire and encourage one another, strengthen our respective communities, and help build and grow a dynamically designed sustainable future.


 

Conference HighlightsClick Here for Full Conference Agenda
 
Featured Sessions:

Economic Development Finance Toolbox in Oregon
Data Mining for Company Intelligence
Access to Capital for Start-Ups
Financing Strategies for Redevelopment
Results of the Statewide Economic Development Survey
Business Recruitment Strategies
Urban Renewal Practice in Oregon
Innovative Workforce Development Solutions
Supporting Entrepreneurial Economy

 

Networking Reception: Sunday, October 22 | Atrium Bar - Crowne Plaza
5-6:30pm - Appetizers and no host bar
Come watch the Sunday Night Rematch game on the big screens


Monday Evening:  The World of Speed, Wilsonville | 6pm  - Social  Hour & Dinner
The museum encompasses many aspects of motorsports, including drag racing, road racing, land speed racing, motorcycle racing, open-wheel cars, NASCAR, and hydroplanes. While you're here, take a spin in a simulator to feel like you're really behind the wheel of an iconic Formula, Indy, or NASCAR race car! 
Dinner panel - Smart Communities, Shared Mobility - Are you Ready?

Sponsored by: 


 

Professional Development Series
Economic Development in Oregon
 
Wednesday, October 25th
Crowne Plaza Portland-Lake Oswego
8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
 
Don't miss the first class of the Oregon Certified Economic Developer Program!
 
This interactive 8-credit training covers in depth information regarding Oregon's economy, including the context and tools needed to understand development dynamics, be active in the legislative process, and prepare for challenges and opportunities facing our economy. Information gained in this 101 course is perfect for those new to the profession and mid-career professionals as it provides a good foundation for the remainder of courses in the Oregon Certified Economic Developer Program.
 
Early-Bird Training rates (ends September 29th):  $175 for OEDA Members | $225 for Non-Members
 
Training registration includes breakfast, lunch, and class materials.

Register here to attend:   Economic Development in Oregon Registration


 

Registration

Crowne Plaza - Lake Oswego
OEDA Group Block   Rates:  King Room - $116  Suite - $136
Reservations - Please call 503-624-9083

Conference rates:  $215 OEDA Members | $245 Non Members

Conference registration includes:
Social evening event - Sunday, 10/22
1 1/2 day full conference - 10/23-10/24
World of Speed Dinner - Monday, 10/23
(spouses are invited, $35)   

       


 

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OEDA announces Oregon Certified Economic Developer Program

It is with great excitement that I officially announce the Oregon Certified Economic Developer Program - a formal professional development program aimed at ensuring Oregon’s economic development professionals receive the most current and relevant training in topics pertaining to the practice of economic development in Oregon.


The announcement of this certification program comes from many years in the making. In 2013, we surveyed economic development professionals, members and non-members, about professional development opportunities. The survey asked about opportunities through other organizations, such as the International Economic Development Council, and our organization, OEDA, as well as training topics and the value of professional development.


The survey results were clear that Oregon economic development professionals want professional development trainings to keep up with emerging economic development topics and learn new skill development. We also heard that Oregon professionals want to demonstrate commitment to the profession by being certified and view OEDA as the organization to fill the professional development gap.
We’ve worked hard the past few years to deliver on your needs and have developed a certification program that’s accessible, affordable, and most important, high-quality.


The program is tailored to provide a broad-based knowledge of economic opportunities and trends, core competencies, and tools required to compete in today’s global economy with a focus on economic development in Oregon, both urban and rural.


Once again, I am pleased to announce this new professional development opportunity in Oregon. Through this program, we join the ranks of other states, such as Tennessee, Georgia, and Arizona that have state specific certification programs.


Take a moment to learn more by reading the Oregon Certified Economic Developer Program flyer.


AND Save the Date for our first class “Economic Development in Oregon” on Wednesday, October 25th following our Fall Conference.


Sincerely,

Jon Stark
President
Oregon Economic Development Association (OEDA)

 

Two Oregon Economic Development Agencies Merge

The Oregon Economic Development Association has absorbed the Association of Oregon Redevelopment Agencies, retaining its name while inheriting new responsibilities.

August 15, 2017

Portland, Oregon – The Oregon Economic Development Association (OEDA), a professional trade organization that supports economic development practitioners in the state, has absorbed the Association of Oregon Redevelopment Agencies (AORA), an organization that supports best practices among the state’s urban renewal agencies. OEDA will continue to function under the same name, and will inherit functions of AORA including professional development, education, litigation, and assisting the League of Oregon Cities.

"I’m thrilled we’ve accomplished the merger between our Association and the Oregon Association of Redevelopment Agencies," said Jon Stark, senior director of Redmond Economic Development Inc and president of OEDA. "It will provide members a broader spectrum and further competencies of the catalytic programs that foster growth in our respective communities and Oregon’s broad based economy."

Thanks to the merger, the two organizations will benefit from more visibility in advocacy, better resource sustainability and development, and will be able to unite under a single executive director, Stark said.

"In reality, the two organizations are more similar than they are different," said Justin Douglas of Prosper Portland and the president of AORA. "Both are committed to ensuring that Oregon municipalities have the tools and resources to invest in projects and initiatives that create jobs and deliver on local priorities." He said the AORA members voted unanimously to merge to OEDA.

"Merging the two organizations will provide greater capacity to the collective organization and will strengthen the value received by our membership," said Stark.

About OEDA: OEDA is a statewide non-profit that champions a balanced, prosperous, and robust Oregon economy. It advocates for economic development strategies that support its members’ organizations. It is recognized as the primary champion for the creation of a balanced, prosperous, and robust Oregon economy.

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2017 Legislative Session Wrap-up

We are pleased to share with you the 2017 OEDA Legislative Session wrap-up from OEDA's government affairs team at Tonkon Torp.

Special thanks to Rocky Dallum at Tonkon Torp for his efforts on behalf of OEDA members all session, as well as OEDA Government Affairs Committee Chair Chad Freeman.

You can read the full session wrap-up here.

 

Upcoming event opportunities

Here are event opportunities that OEDA members may be interested in attending. Click on the links below to learn more.

Rural Development Initiatives will host and convene a community collaborative Business Retention and Expansion Summit, connecting rural communities to share and learn best practices for supporting local businesses. Communities will engage in hands-on-learning by sharing stories and best practices from the field and take away action steps for implementing community-based solutions that support local business development. 

The Workshop will bring in outside economic development experts and speakers geared toward building local capacity and knowledge regarding the following topics:

  • BR&E 101: How to Support Your Community's Greatest Asset, Local Businesses
  • How to Build and Sustain Locally Driven Business Development Activities
  • Discover Strategies and Models for Supporting Small Business Workforce Challenges
  • Learn How to Create and Implement Collaborative Business Development Strategies 

Post-workshop will include follow-up coaching and assistance from RDI through 2017. Download flyer

 

September 6-7, 2017

Cost: $55

Location:
Chemeketa Community College Polk Center
1340 SE Holman Ave
Dallas, OR 97338

 

Register now

 

Congratulations to the 2016 Awards of Excellence in Economic & Community Development winners

2016 Awards of Excellence in Economic & Community Development

Efforts by organizations and individuals to create more high-quality jobs, develop more vibrant communities, and generally improve the quality of life in their regions were recognized at the Oregon Economic Development Association’s 2016 Annual Conference held in Sunriver.

Winners of the awards were selected based on innovative programs or practices in their respective categories. Congratulations to this year's award winners: 

  • Business Development Success of the Year: Daimler Trucks North America, EDCO, and the City of Madras


    Pictured: Kaz Kawamoto, Construction Manager at Daimler Trucks North America with Kristin Retherford, OEDA President.

 

  • Economic Development Leader of the Year: Renate Mengelberg, Economic Development Director for the City of Canby


    Pictured: Renate Mengelberg, City of Canby with Kristin Retherford, OEDA President.


  • Outstanding Marketing and Promotions: Partnership for Economic Development in Douglas County, Run to Roseburg campaign


    Pictured: Wayne Patterson, Run to Roseberg with Kristin Retherford, OEDA President


  • Outstanding Collaborative Partnership: Oregon RAIN


    Pictured: Caroline Cummings, Oregon RAIN with Kristin Retherford, OEDA President


  • Legislator of the Year: Senator Brian Boquist and Representative Caddy McKeown


    Pictured: Senator Brian Boquist, District 12 Dallas with Kristin Retherford, OEDA President



    Pictured: Representative Caddy McKeown, District 9 Coos Bay with Kristin Retherford, OEDA President

 

2016-17 OEDA Officers & Board Announced

November 2, 2016

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2016 OEDA Annual Conference in Sunriver!

At the 2016 Annual Meeting in Sunriver, the membership of the Oregon Economic Development Association (OEDA) approved the 2016-17 Board of Directors:

• Mary Bosch (Rural Development Initiatives, Inc)
• Jody Christensen (McMinnville Economic Development Partnership)
• Bill Clemens (PacifiCorp)
• Ryan DeGrofft (Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation)
• Kevin Greenwood (Port of Newport)
• Leigh Anne Hogue (Eugene Area Chamber of Commerce)
• Melissa Hunting (PGE)
• Shawn Irvine (City of Independence)
• Jamie Jonhk (City of Woodburn)
• Sarah Means (Lane County)
• Jill Miles (Business Oregon)
• Matt Miller (Greater Portland, Inc)
• Tom Nelson (Corvallis Benton County Economic Development)
• Greg O’Sullivan (Klamath County Economic Development Association)
• Kate Porsche (City of Redmond)
• Kristin Retherford (City of Salem)
• Jon Stark (REDI/EDCO)
• Nate Stice (Regional Solutions)
• Connie Stopher (South Coast Development Council)

At its regular Board Meeting following the Annual Conference, the OEDA Board elected the following officers for 2017:

President: Jon Stark (REDI/EDCO)
Vice President: Sarah Means (Lane County)
Treasurer: Kate Porsche (City of Redmond)
Secretary: Matt Miller (Greater Portland, Inc)
Past President: Kristin Retherford (City of Salem)

A full OEDA Board roster, with officers, can be found here.