The Northeast Oregon Economic Development District (NEOEDD) is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1985 by an intergovernmental agreement between Baker, Union, and Wallowa counties. Its mission is to provide resources and facilitate quality decision-making for the benefit of entrepreneurs, businesses, and communities in Northeast Oregon.


Lisa Dawson 

Executive Director

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Lisa holds a B.A. in economics and has worked for NEOEDD since 1989. She was the founding chair of Oregon Economic Development Districts, and is a member of the National Association of Development Organizations board and the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission. She has been named “Economic Development Finance Professional” by The National Development Council and “Leader in Entrepreneurialism” by the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce.

Sara Miller

 Economic Development Specialist

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Sara Miller has assisted dozens of entrepreneurs to plan, capitalize, and run small businesses, and is a skilled facilitator and grant-writer, with more than 20 years of experience providing technical assistance to non-profits and municipalities. She leads the Oregon Community Food Systems Network, and co-owns Bunchgrass Enterprises.


Erin Donovan

Fiscal Officer

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Erin moved to Wallowa County in 1990, and after living off-grid on the Zumwalt for 8 years, moving into Enterprise and raising her children while working in family advocacy and catering/restaurant cooking, decided to take a leap into the wonderful world of numbers at NEOEDD.

Kristy Athens

Outreach Specialist

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Kristy Athens has more than 20 years’ experience working with small businesses to share their visions. She is an advisor with the Small Business Development Center, has an M.S. in Food Systems and Society, and is the author of Get Your Pitchfork On!: The Real Dirt on Country Living. She owns the business Genuine Wallowa County and its subsidiary, GWC Provisions.

Mike Ogan

Loan Officer

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Mike Ogan has been in the banking and finance industry for more than thirty years, and is an experienced commercial and agricultural lender. He has lived in Baker County for most of his life, is active in youth sports and community events, and has a passion for economic growth in the region.

Board of Directors

Paul Anderes (alternate)

Donna Beverage

Doni Bruland

Ron Gay

Lea Gettle

Bill Harvey

Ed Hibbard

John Hillock

Suzannah Moore-Hemann

Bruce Nichols

Susan Roberts

Matt Scarfo

Vicki Searles

Tim Seydel

Robert Strope

Don Waldrop


Main office

101 NE First St., Suite 100

Enterprise 97828

General info: 541-426-3598

Loan officer: 541-519-7699

Satellite office, by appointment

Ignite Center for Entrepreneurship

104 Depot St.

La Grande 97850


Satellite office, by appointment

LaunchPad Baker

2019 A Main St.

Baker City  97814


Budget Documents

NEOEDD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.