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.
NEOEDD’s 2023 Board Meeting Schedule
March 16, 1:30 p.m., Catherine Creek Community Center, Union
June 22, 1:30 p.m., Baker County Courthouse – NEOEDD’s 2023-2024 Budget Hearing will take place at this meeting
September 14, 1:30 p.m., Wallowa County Courthouse
December 14, 1:30 p.m., Union County, Misener Room
All meetings are open to the public. For more information or zoom login info, contact Lisa Dawson.
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 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 serves on the Leadership Team of the Oregon Community Food Systems Network, and co-owns Bunchgrass Enterprises.
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.
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.
Economic Development Specialist
Chantal holds a M.S. in physical geography, with a focus on environmental management and planning. In 2020, her passion in community development and DEI guided her to serve as a RARE-AmeriCorps participant with NEOEDD. She provided capacity by coordinating, connecting, and engaging community members to determine COVID-19 impacts and identify priority projects for recovery efforts and planning. Hired as an employee in 2021, Chantal now enjoys providing various resources and services to our customers and continuing recovery efforts in our region.
Regional Main Street Coordinator
Eli is the new AmeriCorps RARE member with NEOEDD and will be supporting the development of a regional main street program in Wallowa County during his service term. He recently graduated from Purdue University with a B.A. in economics and political science before completing his first year in the RARE program in 2021. During his first year in RARE, Eli served as a Regional Broadband Specialist with Marion County Oregon, where he focused on bringing reliable, high-speed internet access to agricultural communities and wildfire-impacted regions of the North Santiam Canyon.
Board of Directors
Paul Anderes (alternate)
Lea Hoover, Board Chair
Bruce Nichols, 2nd Vice Chair
John Hillock, 1st Vice Chair
Satellite office, by appointment
Ignite Center for Entrepreneurship
104 Depot St.
La Grande 97850
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.