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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.

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 Dec. 6, 2017; others are planned for Feb. 7, May 2, Aug. 1, and Nov. 7, 2018, and Feb. 6, 2019.

The Dec. 6 session will be held in the library’s Cook Meeting Room, 2006 4th St. in La Grande from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including lunch, and will be led by Andrea Cano, a seasoned facilitator and intercultural specialist who has worked with Oregon Humanities, Meyer Memorial Trust, Oregon Solutions, Nonprofit Association of Oregon, Providence Center for Health Care Ethics, and the Immigration and Refugee Center for Oregon. She recently completed a six-year, governor-appointed post on the State of Oregon's Commission on Hispanic Affairs, and co-chaired the governance process for the New Portlander Policy Commission. "Andrea was excellent about including and drawing out everyone there," wrote one participant from the October roundtable.

Fourteen people participated in the first DEI nonprofit roundtable in October. The December session will focus on assessing an organization's progress in addressing DEI within programs and at the governance level. The assessment will be followed by a discussion of approaches, strategies and sequences to implement different elements of DEI.

"We are all struggling to operationalize DEI," wrote one October participant. "The other attendees offer a wealth of knowledge to share!"

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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