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 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.
Economic Development Specialist
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 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 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.
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.
Joe Peterson has been working with start-up businesses for the past four years, mainly in the areas of property management and hop export/processing. He has attended Blue Mt. Community College, and serves on the Baker County Public Works advisory committee.
Board of Directors
101 NE First St., Suite 100
General info: 541-426-3598
Loan officer: 541-519-7699
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.