September 2017  

OEDA Fall Conference

Attend the 2017 OEDA Annual Conference

Oregon’s Competitive Edge

October 22 – 24, 2017
Crowne Plaza, Lake Oswego
Members: $215 | Non-members $245

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Two Oregon Economic Development Agencies Merge
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." Read more

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Caroline Cummings Joins OEDA Board of Directors
Caroline Cummings has served as the Venture Catalyst for the Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network (RAIN) since August 2015. In this role, Cummings provides outreach and support to rural communities within RAIN’s four-county network — which includes Lane, Linn, Lincoln and Benton counties. She coaches and mentors regional entrepreneurs, builds strategic local partnerships, and leads educational workshops.

Cummings also helps provide more early-stage seed capital for Oregon-based startups. Cummings, along with RAIN’s executive director Marc Manley, has partnered to launch a new angel investment fund called the W2 Fund, as part of the Willamette Angels. Together, they have raised close to $500K and are currently reviewing startup deals submitted from all over Oregon.

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OEDA Awards Nominations

OEDA is now accepting enteries for the 2017 Excellence in Economic Development Awards
OEDA's Awards of Excellence in Economic Development recognize the state's best economic development programs, projects, partnerships, marketing materials and the year's most influential leader.

Applications for OEDA’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards program are available. The Awards can give:

1. Credibility to your organization
2. Recognition of your team's hard work
3. Greater exposure for your community

Nominate your successful program, partnership, promotional materials, and even an outstanding leader. Take a look at category descriptions, program details and past recipients. Download your entry packet and get started.

Deadline for entries is 5:00 p.m. PDT September 7, 2017

Awards will be presented at the 2017 Annual Conference in Lake Oswego, Oregon on October 22-24, 2017.


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Upcoming Events

ORAVI Summit 2017
Economic Development value of airports to rural Oregon communities
Tuesday September 19, 2017 | Officers Mess - Tillamook Naval Air Station

Oregon Aviation Industries (ORAVI) is focused on economic development of the commercial aviation industry in Oregon, from UAS (drones) to airliners. Presenters will discuss successes their local rural airports in terms of attracting businesses, business / industrial parks and the opportunity to recruit UAS drone companies to test and locate in their community. There will be much information shared on how to include rural airports into community economic development plans as well as tours of the TMK UAS test range and demos. Chris Cummings, Assistant Director of Business Oregon, is the keynote speaker.

OEDA is a member of ORAVI and qualifies for the membership rate of $55. 

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Oregon Main Street Conference Registration Open
Registration is open for the Oregon Main Street Conference and Excellence in Downtown Revitalization Awards Celebration, October 4-6, in Oregon City. Get ready to be inspired! Make new connections and get new tools to keep your downtown vibrant and competitive in today’s market. The 2017 Oregon Main Street Annual Conference will offer proven ideas and strategies for preservation-based revitalization that is relevant to rural, mid-sized, and urban communities. This conference is a great way to look at the “big picture” of downtown revitalization by discovering fresh ideas and learning numerous ways to turn your historic downtown or neighborhood commercial district into a bustling center of activity. Sessions cover a variety of topics for both beginners and those with experience, including: placemaking, special events, inclusion and diversity, engaging millennials, storytelling, sustainable funding, business recruitment, and more. The conference format includes walking tours, lectures, and networking time. See the Preliminary Schedule for more information or visit our website. This conference is supported by: Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon Main Street, Downtown Oregon City Association, Transportation Growth Management.

Contacts: Sheri Stuart,, or Katie Henry,

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Current Job Openings

Chief Executive Officer - Meyer Memorial Trust

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News from OEDA Members - Corvallis Benton Economic Development

This summer, the Willamette Angles announced a W2 Fund earlier this year! Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network - RAIN catalyzed a new seed fund that invests in high-growth startups year-round. Read article here

Regional Timber Industry Report

Local firm, NuScale Power, is doing amazing things: NuScale Power Progress

This spring, 11 Florence and Lincoln County #startups participated in the inaugural Oregon Regional Accelerator and Innovation Network - RAIN Coastal Pre-Accelerator program. And last month, they took the stage in impressive fashion at the RAIN Coastal Demo Day. At the showcase and graduation event, each entrepreneur delivered a five-minute pitch on their business, talked about how RAIN has helped them and shared what they need to scale to the next level. Read more

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has teamed up with specialist company, Drone Complier, to develop a smartphone, tablet and web-based app to help drone flyers fly safely and responsibly. The app, called 'Can I fly there?' will allow those flying drones for fun, or under the new sub-2kg commercial category to enter a location where they are proposing to fly. It will then flag nearby 'no-drone zones' such as airports, helicopter landing areas and other restricted areas. It will also flag 'no-drone zones' areas where emergency services such as firefighters are operating. CASA's Group Manager, Aviation, Graeme Crawford, said that the app would also educate Australia's drone community on what rules to follow. Read more



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News from OEDA Members - EDCO

Area Development Magazine names Bend-Redmond MSA #9 on their 2017 Leading Locations list
Last week, Area Development Magazine named the Bend-Redmond MSA #9 on its list of Leading Locations for 2017.

From Area Development Magazine:

Ultimately, diversity is the key for long-term growth that can offer high-paying jobs and weather economic tides. This can be easier for large MSAs, which have well-established infrastructure, assets, and resources. Smaller communities also have a lot to offer and can actually be more nimble in responding to economic opportunities. Take Bend-Redmond, Ore., for example, which ranked in the top 10 for prime workforce and five-year economic growth. The Milken Institute also rated Bend-Redmond as the best-performing small city in 2016. Part of this success is due to the city’s recruitment of targeted industries such as high technology, biotech, recreational/outdoor equipment, brewing and distilling, and data centers. “We also focus on helping existing businesses grow and expand,” says Roger Lee, executive director at Economic Development for Central Oregon (EDCO). “Often the very best opportunities for job creation start with companies already operating here. Central Oregon has a diverse economy with a variety of sectors. It is our goal to deepen the pool of companies in the form of new startups, relocations, and critical supply chains to continue the diversification of our economic base.” Read full story here

The Bend Venture Conference returns October 19-20, 2017
EDCO will again host the annual two-day Bend Venture Conference (BVC), now in its 14th year, on Thursday, October 19 - Friday, October 20, 2017, at the iconic Tower Theatre in downtown Bend. Tickets to the 14th Annual Bend Venture Conference are on sale now and are available here.

BVC, hosted by EDCO, is one of the largest angel conferences in the country. More than 600 attendees, six funds, 32 prominent investors, and 90 companies participated in 2016’s conference, where nearly $4 million was invested in 10 companies.

Outdoor Industry’s economic impact numberss came out for Oregon: View here



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News from OEDA Members - Greater Portland Inc

Greater Portland Inc. Gains a New Teammate, Announces Summit Date, and Welcomes New Regional Partners

Greater Portland Inc recruits local economic development professional to lead Greater Portland 2020
Greater Portland Inc (GPI), the region’s economic development organization, has recruited local economic development professional Lloyd Purdy as vice president of regional competitiveness to lead an action oriented, region-wide strategy focused on shared economic prosperity for all residents. At Greater Portland Inc Purdy will lead the implementation of Greater Portland 2020, the five-year comprehensive economic development strategy that aligns business, education and civic leaders around regional economic priorities. Purdy most recently served as economic development manager for the City of Tigard.

Tickets available now for Greater Portland Inc Economic Summit, presented by Bank of America
Greater Portland Inc’s signature event celebrates the region’s public-private partnership and puts a spotlight on our competitiveness in a global economy. The Summit, to be held September 21 at the Portland Art Museum, brings together hundreds of regional leaders from public and private organizations for an informative and engaging event where business ideas, innovations, and regional successes are shared. The keynote speaker is Dr. Caralynn Nowinski Collens, M.D. and special guests include Christine Gregoire, CEO of Challenge Seattle and former governor of Washington; and Michael Langley, President and CEO of Greater Minneapolis – St. Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership. Tickets are available now at

New director of economic development named at Prosper Portland
The Portland Development Commission has named Bobby Lee as Director of Economic Development. He will manage a team of 20 professional staff focused on the agency’s strategic goals for business and industry development, entrepreneurship, and community economic development. He will work closely with community leaders, private and public sector partners, and policy makers to advance PDC’s goals to foster shared prosperity and social equity. GPI is happy to welcome Bobby Lee!

Hillsboro, Oregon proudly announces Jim Riley has joined Economic Development team
The City of Hillsboro has hired Jim Riley to lead traded-sector business development for the Economic Development Department. As Senior Economic Development Manager, Jim focuses on client recruitment as well as the retention and expansion of existing companies in Hillsboro. Jim joined the City of Hillsboro after 25 years at CH2M, most recently as Director of Business Development. Jim previously worked in the public sector in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His background in advanced technology and semiconductor industries will add significant value to the economic development efforts of the City and the region. A fluent speaker of Japanese dating back to his college studies in Kobe, Japan, Jim has developed lasting connections with his considerable network of national and international contacts. Come and work in the Portland metro!

Portlad Metro Job Postings
• Clackamas County Economic Development Coordinator
• City of Tigard Economic Development Manager

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News from OEDA Members - McMinnville

MEDP Launches New Investor Circle
The McMinnville Economic Development Partnership (MEDP) has launched an enhanced system for recognizing and receiving contributions from businesses, organizations, and individuals in their Investor Circle. Formalizing the process and offering Investor benefits is just part of MEDP’s efforts to create a more uniform investment process for the organization. The Investor Circle is designed to give private businesses, individuals, and resource partners the opportunity to support the community’s economic vitality.

As a public private partnership, MEDP exists to serve the business community. With increased business development opportunities, finding investors is critical for the organization. MEDP plans to offer the same level of support and assistance to current manufacturers and to amplify efforts to recruit new businesses to the area. An investment in MEDP will ensure that these efforts can both continue and grow.

With the new Investor Circle, investors can choose from five different levels of giving. A $5,000+ contribution is at the Innovator level followed by Engineer at $2,500+, Fabricator at $1,000+, Conveyor at $500+ and Collaborator at $150+. Through the investment process members are also able to choose areas of involvement in MEDP which they would like to focus on. This includes an Investor Forum, McMinnville | MADE Programming, McMinnville | WORKS Programming, and McMinnville | SITES Programming. Read more

MEDP Receives Grant to Teach Community Internship Workshops
The McMinnville Economic Development Partnership (MEDP) received a grant from the Oregon Talent Council (OTC) earlier this year to inspire regions in Oregon to create community internship programs. MEDP’s own program, the McMinnville WORKS Internship Program, was created in 2013 and has seen success in the past five years. Due to this success communities throughout Oregon have often requested materials and insight from the organization. With the grant MEDP received from the OTC and in partnership with Governor Brown’s Regional Solutions Office, MEDP was able to provide this insight.

The grant gave MEDP the resources to create a new workshop titled Oregon | WORKS. The program materials includes a comprehensive workbook which reflects on the history of the McMinnville WORKS Internship Program, the structure, components, and hindsight through MEDP’s experience. The workbook also includes an abundance of materials to be used as examples for other communities such as marketing materials, human resource forms, application examples, and more.

The Oregon | WORKS workshop was delivered to four Oregon communities in the months of May and June. MEDP met with Regional Solutions Coordinators to market the opportunity who were then able to work within their regions to help communities apply. MEDP delivered workshops in The Port of the Dalles, Bend, Marion County, and Albany Oregon. Read more

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News from Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments

EPA has selected Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments, and coalition partners – the cities of Newport and Toledo, the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians, and Lincoln County – for two brownfields environmental site assessment grants totaling $600,000. With this funding, the coalition will assess up to 30 brownfield sites as an initial step towards cleaning up and redeveloping vacant and underutilized properties, transforming them into assets for both the community and the local economy while protecting public health and the environment.

“EPA is committed to working with communities to redevelop Brownfields sites which have plagued their neighborhoods. EPA’s Assessment and Cleanup grants target communities that are economically disadvantaged and include places where environmental cleanup and new jobs are most needed,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “These grants leverage considerable infrastructure and other investments, improving local economies and creating an environment where jobs can grow. I am very pleased the President’s budget recognizes the importance of these grants by providing continued funding for this important program.”

The Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments and coalition partners grant funding will include $300,000 to assess sites contaminated with hazardous substances, and $300,000 to assess sites contaminated with petroleum. Grant funds of both types also will be used to prioritize brownfield sites, create two area-wide plans, and support community involvement activities.

Assessment activities will focus on developed areas within the Yaquina River watershed in Newport and Toledo, and unincorporated areas of Lincoln County. Coalition partners are the Cities of Newport and Toledo, the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians, and Lincoln County.

Our coalition formed to address unique economic challenges and opportunities in our diverse, beautiful, rural, and coastal Oregon county,” said Fred Abousleman Executive Director of OCWCOG.  “We are honored to be chosen by EPA in recognition of the vision of the county, Tribe, and community partners to address barriers to available developable land, help stabilize local economies, and move to mitigate environmental issues. This project is part of a larger local and regional vision to increase economic capacity and to strengthen and celebrate the quality of life that makes our communities so desirable.” Read more

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News from OEDA Members - Rural Development Initiatives

BasX ranks #51 in Inc. Magazine's Top 5000 fastest-growing private companies and #1 in Oregon!
BasX, A company that values a “Back to Basics” philosophy of four principles in people, product, pride and perseverance has really paid off! Located south of Redmond, just off highway 97 a seemingly quiet operation is getting rave recognition. Redmond’s own BasX Solutions ranks 51st Inc. Magazine’s annual ranking of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in America.  Not only is it recognized nationally, it is ranked #1 in manufacturing, and is also ranked the #1 fastest-growing private company in Oregon!

BasX Solutions was founded in 2012 and currently employs 160 people. It is a manufacturer of a wide range of modular clean room solutions for use in hospitals, high technology manufacturing, power storage, cooling and structural solution applications. Its impact in the Redmond community ultimately benefits the citizens of Redmond and central Oregon by its creation of over 100 well-paying jobs. Its robust supply chain multiplies this by benefiting other local businesses in transportation, manufacturing, contractors and raw materials thereby creating even more jobs.

Why is REDI so excited? The reason is business development projects are undertaken to expand existing businesses or establish/recruit new businesses in an effort to create jobs, expand the local tax base, and improve our community. We’re glad to see REDI’s efforts in economic development come full-circle into success stories like BasX where everyone in our community shares the wealth! Read more

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News from OEDA Members - Snake River Economic Development Alliance


Fry Foods, a company that expanded their operations into Oregon from their Idaho location, now has over 230 employees and 4 lines installed. However, they are only running 3 lines as they are about 30 employees short of what is needed. Their facility in Weiser, Idaho, continues to be productive and has approximately 200 employees. Fry Foods is known for their outstanding hors d'oeuvres found in many restaurants and fast food chains and includes such items as onion rings, cheese sticks, stuffed peppers and more. They have become one of the larger employers in Malheur County, alongside Heinz, EP Minerals, Saint Alphonsus Medical Center, and numerous onion fresh pack companies.

Local city and county officials are working on several new developments, including a new mushroom facility in Vale, Oregon, and an agricultural transload facility, truck to rail, between Ontario and Nyssa with the site to be determined soon. Additionally small entrepreneurial and retail activity continue to be strong in the region.

Following the devastating snowmageddon, and Governor Brown’s visit to Malheur County, we have seen a tremendous amount of new building and construction.


Malheur County unemployment numbers are at the lowest they have been since the 1990’s, around 4%. This is both a good problem and a concern. With local companies looking at expanding and new companies coming into the region, we will need to focus on building up our workforce. Many people who live in the area work out of town or in Idaho; some of the past workforce has retired; and some folks have moved away during the last recession.

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