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NEOEDD’s mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in Northeast Oregon.

The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) is a public organization established in 1985. Baker, Union and Wallowa counties formed the District by Intergovernmental Agreement as a way to enhance community and economic development services in the region.

Our staff members are dedicated to the communities they serve in northeast Oregon and have strong business networking, facilitation, financial, organizational and project development skills.

If you are starting or growing a business, ask us about our business finance and business training programs.

If you are working on a public infrastructure or a community project ask us about services for local governments and community groups.

If you are part of a non-profit organization ask how we can help your board and workers strategize, fund and operate in ways that best meet your mission.

In today’s competitive global market, it is necessary for regions to have a long-term economic development strategy that can serve as a roadmap to progress and prosperity. The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) does just that.  It is a locally-based, regionally-driven economic development planning process that engages community leaders, private sector partners, and other stakeholders in planning for our region’s future.    

The CEDS planning process creates a forum for the region to identify its strengths and weaknesses and brings together diverse partners to create living-wage jobs and livable communities, diversify the economy, and spur economic growth. An effective CEDS allows a region to maximize its potential, as well as engage with the US Economic Development Administration (EDA) and other federal partners to receive infrastructure and technical assistance grants, such as EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. Overall, an effective CEDS identifies locally-grown strategies that will guide regional economic development, encourage partnerships and collaboration, and improve economic outcomes and overall quality of life in our region. The planning process results in a document that is shared in the region and available to the public via NEOEDD’s website:

We have identified two different ways to participate in the planning process, and invite you to participate in either or both of them.

1.       Provide input on a few surveys that NEOEDD will be distributing to obtain perspectives and ideas from the community. The purpose of the first survey, the longest of the surveys, is to identify the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats facing the region. We are currently collecting responses to this survey here. Subsequent surveys will be used to help us identify projects and priorities for further development or implementation.

2.       Join us at local public input meetings that will be held in Baker, Union and Wallowa counties. If you’d like to participate in a discussion and provide input, attend a public meeting, which will be held in February and/or March. If you provide your e-mail address to, we will notify you of the dates and times of these meetings.

Please provide your input on the SWOT survey by January 5, 2018.

GrantReady Prepares Nonprofits for Grantwriting Success

Back by popular demand: "GrantReady" organizational development and grant-writing training provides tools and skills needed to help nonprofits become more competitive for grant funding, and better prepared to operate and evaluate their programs and projects. NEOEDD plans to offer this series on the following Saturdays from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.:

    Wallowa County: Jan. 20 and 27, Feb. 3 and 10

    Baker City: Apr. 7-28

GrantReady consists of four training sessions for volunteers and staff members of nonprofit organizations. Topics include:

    Organizational and project budgeting

    Components of a grant proposal

    Funding plan

    Evaluation methods

    Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

    Board relations

    Foundation site visits

    Grant reporting

Lunch will be provided. The cost for the series is $100 for the first participant from each nonprofit, with a discounted rate of $50 for each additional participant. Registration links are here for Enterprise and here for Baker City. The Enterprise series will be held at the Wallowa Resources building, 401 NE 1st St.

“Participants will also meet staff from several foundations, who will provide insights into their foundations and what they are looking for in a grant proposal,” says NEOEDD Executive Director Lisa Dawson. “This is a great opportunity for them to begin to make personal contacts in the nonprofit world.”

What past participants have said about GrantReady:

    “Learning about the different types of grants, (i.e., “Capacity Building,” etc.) was invaluable. Learning the correct budget submission for a grant proposal. Learning about “In-Kind” costs to add to the budget package.  Really, there is so much I learned from your class that I can’t praise it enough. I could not learn this same information any other way.”

    “The resource packets are phenomenally helpful.”

    “I benefited from listening to other nonprofits in the class as they discussed their issues. Priceless.”

    “The feedback on my grant proposal was invaluable. What a terrific opportunity to learn exactly what a grantor is looking for gives me confidence that I can propose a successful grant package.”

    “All of the slides and handouts are going in my permanent files. Their content is excellent in directing my energy in the right direction. And I really appreciate the resources, such as the list of grant awarding businesses.”

This program is available thanks to a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust.

Save the dates!

Rural Oregon's nonprofit organizations are exploring how diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) can build understanding, strengthen mission impact, and ensure public benefit. To this end, NEOEDD is organizing a series of roundtable discussions for regional nonprofit board and staff to learn, share, and discuss DEI methods and strategies. The next roundtable will be held Feb. 7, May 2, Aug. 1, and Nov. 7, 2018, and Feb. 6, 2019. Details forthcoming.

The sessions include lunch.The cost to attend is $25 per person per roundtable discussion; with a series price of $125. Scholarships are available; please inquire at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598. Registration here.

This program is available thanks to a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust.

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