Business Resources

OEDA Studies Economic Impacts of Enterprise Zones

Many OEDA members have Enterprise Zones in their communities and consider them important business recruitment and retention tool for attracting new industrial investment and jobs to their communities. But how well do they work? OEDA conducted a study with EcoNW to use statistically valid methods to address this issue.

New Business Retention Tool

Increase Your Cash Flow by Decreasing Tax Liabilities
Through Cost Segregation

OEDA has a new tool to assist in job and business retention. OEDA members can now provide eligible local companies with an engineering-based Cost Segregation Study that will allow them to dramatically increase their operational cash flow by accelerating their asset depreciation on federal taxes. This program will provide a no-cost analysis of the potential cash benefits available. Fees for the actual study are totally contingent on the benefit received. There is no risk involved for the company, and no cost to the economic development organization. [more]


IEDC Stimulus Alert: Funding Opportunities, News and Resources
Funding opportunities and other news is available regarding the following programs and agencies:

  • National Endowment for the Arts

  • Department of Energy

  • Economic Development Administration

  • Rural Business Opportunity Grants

  • EPA Brownfields Job Training Grants

The windows of opportunity to apply for competitive grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) open and close quickly. Complete information available at IEDC's website [click here]


International Economic Development Council
The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization dedicated to helping economic developers do their job more effectively and raising the profile of the profession.

Northwest Area Foundation
A new Web-based tool to help communities evaluate the quality of jobs a new or existing business brings to a community. The Wage and Benefits Metric was coordinated by the Montana Community Development Corporation. The tool can be accessed at Click here for [press release].

Oregon Chapter of National Brownfield Association Forming
The National Brownfield Association is dedicated to representing the diverse interests of Brownfield Stakeholders, and is looking to establish an Oregon Chapter. For more information contact Brad Hill.

Oregon InC. Innovation Plan
Oregon InC's mission is to identify Oregon's top innovation-driven growth opportunities, maximize the state's competitive advantages and establish Oregon's niche in the global economy.

Pacific Northwest Economic Development Council
The PNEDC was formed with a goal of forging stronger economic development relations in the Pacific Northwest, providing a forum for networking and training within the field of economic development. The Council is a Regional Economic Development Organization encompassing the entire Pacific Northwest Region including the States of Hawaii, Washington, Montana, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho and the Provinces of Alberta, British Columbia and the Yukon [more]


Oregon Business
Development Department
Business Oregon works to create, retain, expand and attract businesses that provide sustainable, living-wage jobs for Oregonians.


USDA Rural Development has a new
Oregon Rural Energy Portal

Increasingly energy efficiency and renewable energy are common features of rural energy projects. Nearly all of USDA Rural Development's program can support such activities, but new programs are particularly well-suited for rural energy project. Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy programs, Farm Bill Changes, and additional links and resources are available on their website.