OEDA uses the grassroots strength of the association and our members to advocate for policy, resources, and tools supportive of economic development. Economic developers today need to maintain and enhance the economic development tools in order to remain competitive in an increasingly complicated business environment.
Traditionally, Oregon has used lottery proceeds, bonding authority, and other rmechanisms to establish economic development incentives designed to promote job growth and the strengthening of wages. While OEDA will be broadly supportive of many business development and business climate programs and policies, OEDA will focus its proactive legislative activity in arenas where OEDA can be particularly targeted and effective.
OEDA will be supportive and respective of the business advocacy agendas of other organizations such as the Association of Oregon Industries, the Oregon Business Council, the Oregon Business Association, and Oregon InC. OEDA’s niche will be focused on the specific economic development programs necessary for economic development practitioners to be effective and competitive in their field.
OEDA Legislative Agenda
OEDA works to educate and inform our elected officials about the economic impact of their policies and how these can impact their constituents. We focus our efforts on legislation that can have an immediate and long term effect on the growth of Traded Sector industry in Oregon and our respective local Communities. To do this, we are represented at the State Capitol however; we strongly believe that one of the best assets we possess are the relationships our members have with their local elected officials.
This work for OEDA is led by the Government Affairs Committee; we continuously look for new members to join the effort.