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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.

NEOEDD Requests Civic Projects

Each year the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District updates the Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for Baker, Union and Wallowa counties. The CEDS provides an important overview of the region’s social and business conditions, analyzes the region’s economic and community development issues and opportunities, and presents a list of potential economic development and civic projects within the region. See NEOEDD’s website for the 2013-2018 Plan and 2016 Update.

NEOEDD is collecting information for the 2017 CEDS project list using a form available here. Projects must have a public benefit and be sponsored by a government or non-profit organization. Projects that have a direct or indirect impact on job creation, and/or that address federal Economic Development Administration guidelines, will have greater priority for some funding sources. If your organization submits more than one project, please rank the projects in priority order. The deadline is Mar. 24, 2017. Return via email to Kristy.

Additionally, NEOEDD is offering to list CEDS projects on an online platform called Agora. NEOEDD is using Agora to connect projects with potential funders (public funders-such as state and federal agencies, community foundations and banks, and philanthropic sector individuals and organizations), to create greater visibility for projects, and to keep project descriptions up-to-date. Agora’s website has a quick video overview. NEOEDD is available to register organizations and projects on Agora, and then transfer registration information to project managers so they can make updates and correspond with potential funders as they wish.

Please return project forms no later than Mar. 24, 2017. Direct questions to Sara Miller, Kristy Athens, or Lisa Dawson at 541-426-3598.

“Hiring Your First Employee” Workshop Free to Public

NEOEDD and WorkSource Oregon offer a free workshop to help entrepreneurs and small-business owners understand the legal considerations of hiring employees—what’s required and recommended, and best practices. Register by Mar. 31 to reserve your seat in Baker City, La Grande, or Enterprise.

Thanks to a Community Development Block Grant through Wallowa County, the workshop is offered free of charge!

Workshop takes place:
• Enterprise:  Tuesday, Apr. 4; 6 to 9 p.m. at Fishtrap, 400 E Grant St.
• Baker City:  Wednesday, Apr. 5; 6 to 9 p.m. at Hatch Baker, 2019 Main St.
• Baker City:  Thursday, Apr. 6; 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Hatch Baker, 2019 Main St.
• La Grande: Thursday, Apr. 6; 6 to 9 p.m. at Umpqua Bank, 1215 Adams Ave.

To register, call NEOEDD by Friday, Mar. 31 at 541-426-3598 or 800-645-9454, or email Preference is made to people with low-to-moderate incomes; income verification will be required.

The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District’s mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision-making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses and communities in Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties. Learn more about our programs and business support at

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Request for Proposals--General Contractor

PDF of RFP is here

PDF of site map is here


The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD also referred to as “the District”) is seeking a general contractor to remodel a portion of the historic firehouse in La Grande. The project will include some demolition, painting, plumbing, electrical work and flooring.

Bids for the described project will be received by the Northeast Oregon Economic Development District at 101 NE First Street, Suite 100, Enterprise, OR 97828 or with a deadline of 2:00 p.m. March 31, at which time the Bids received will be publicly opened and read.
The contract will be awarded by April 10, 2017, with a project completion date of not later than June 30, 2017, for the Base Bid items. Additional time may be provided for Added Alternatives.

The Issuing Office for the Bidding Documents is:
Northeast Oregon Economic Development District, 101 NE First Street, Suite 100, Enterprise, OR 97828.
Prospective Bidders may examine the Bidding Documents at the City of La Grande, Community and Economic Development, 1000 Adams Avenue, La Grande, Oregon on Mondays through Fridays between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Prospective Bidders may also request the bidding documents via e-mail from

You will be able to view the remodeling site at the historic firehouse by appointment. To tour the site please contact Lisa Dawson at: 541-426-3598 or 541-432-1056 (mobile) or Christine Jarski at (541) 962-1307 for visitation at the following dates and times:
March 15 – 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
March 23 – 3:00 – 5:15 p.m.
If you are unable to visit the site at either of the times listed above, please contact either Lisa or Christine to arrange another time.

Contractors must be registered with the Oregon Construction Contractors Board and have a public works bond. As the contract will be for less than $50,000, prevailing wages are not required.

The District reserves the right to accept any Proposal or to reject any or all Proposals.

Scope of Work
The general contractor will be responsible for completing the work to include but not limited to hiring and managing the work of any subcontractors and obtaining all necessary permits. NEOEDD, with input from the City of La Grande Urban Renewal Staff, will approve fixtures and color selections.
The project includes the following components:
Base Bid Items:
1. Remove the partition walls in the Assembly Area.
2. Remove partition walls at Office-1 to open space to entry door.
3. Remove the built-in desks in the Assembly Area.
4. Provide new electrical in Assembly Area to include new floor plugs, overhead lighting and wiring for audio visual and computer presentation equipment.
5. Install lighted exit signs at each exterior door. Install “bug-eye” lighting at each exit. Install emergency back-up lighting per plans.
6. Construct a new wall in the Unisex Handicapped Bathroom and a one-hour fire rated wall – or occupancy separation – in the hallway in the Assembly Area.
7. Remove the existing floor coverings and replace them throughout the building with Mannington vinyl, Entwined series, Saber lead white, ETW453.
8. Install Fire Doors where indicated on the attached drawings.
9. Paint all walls and ceilings.
Added Alternatives:
10. Remodel one existing bathroom to ADA Standards. Remove existing fixtures and counters and replace with new fixtures in both bathrooms.
11. Install hanging mechanism for television and lockable cabinet for audio visual accessories. Budget $250 for lockable cabinet to be selected at a later date.
12. Remove the existing drop ceiling in Assembly Area.
13. Replace the lighting in the Assembly Area with industrial-type contemporary lighting complementary to that used in Side A Brewing.
14. Provide 1 hour fire separation on ceiling of the Assembly Area.
15. Remove drop ceiling and provide a 1 hour fire rated barrier – or occupancy separation – on the ceiling of the Reception Area.
16. Remove existing lighting in Reception Area and replace with lighting similar to Assembly Area.
Bids shall include a lump sum price for the Base Bid (items 1-9) and separate prices for each Added Alternative (items 10-16).
Selection Factors:
Proposals will be evaluated for cost, completeness, timeline and approach. The proposals will also be evaluated on the proposer’s relevant experience and expertise to complete the job. The contract will be awarded to the responsive and capable bidder who can complete the most items within available funding and timeframe. No contract will be awarded to a contractor who has been disbarred.
Bid Format
Contractor Name:___________________________________________________
Contact Name:______________________________________________________
Phone Number:_____________________________________________________
Fixed price for Items 1-9:______________________________________________
Additional costs for Item 10:____________________________________________
Additional costs for Item 11:____________________________________________
Additional costs for Item 12:____________________________________________
Additional costs for Item 13:____________________________________________
Additional costs for Item 14:____________________________________________
Additional costs for Item 15:____________________________________________
Additional costs for Item 16:____________________________________________
Please specify the number of days proposed for completion of the Base Bid items; additional days required for the completion of each additive item – 9-15; and total timeline for completion of the Base Bid and all Added Alternatives if award includes all 15 items.
Please provide two references for work completed on similar jobs

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