What’s NE Oregon’s Economic Future?–Be a Part of the Decision-Making Process

This is something of a public notice—I’ve sent an op-ed version of this message to the three main newspapers, but also request that you share this email so we have as much public participation as possible in the CEDS process.


We need your input regarding the region’s values! At a January meeting, CEDS Committee members noted that the region’s guiding values should be defined as part of the regional plan. This survey presents values that may be commonly held within the region, and opens up the question of whether these or other values should be put forward as part of the plan. Please vote on the brief survey of commonly held values at: https://goo.gl/forms/MJbgpuja3g61LuY93. This survey will close March 21.


The next opportunity to provide input in person will be at county level CEDS meetings. Please take note of the date for meetings that will be held in your county:


Baker County

Wednesday, February 28

Baker County Events Center

5:30-8:30 p.m.


Wallowa County

Wednesday, March 7

Community Connections

5:30-8:30 p.m.


Union County

Wednesday, March 14

Blue Mountain Conference Center

5:30-8:30 p.m.


If you know of anyone who would be interested in participating in the county-level meetings, please invite them to come!


These are the draft goals that we developed based on the last input at the last committee meeting:


  • Diversify the economy and increase the percentage of family wage jobs
  • Increase and formalize regional collaboration focused on economic development
  • Assess, improve and utilize infrastructure needed for economic growth


We’ll be sharing these goals at the county meetings. We’ll be asking participants to develop strategies that are consistent with these goals. If the strategies that they are interested in are not consistent with these goals, we will let them suggest additional goals.


Thank you for your engagement in this process!

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