DEA Gets $2,500 Grant from County

August 1st, 2011 | Author: Editor

Monies to Assist in Economic Development Programs for Central Oregon

Bend, OR — Deschutes County commissioners have authorized a discretionary grant of $2,500 to the Deschutes Economic Alliance (DEA) to assist the organization in further efforts to spur economic development in Central Oregon.

The grant is the second to be awarded by the county to DEA as the group continues to implement its 1,000-Day Roadmap to Regional Transformation & Economic Vitality.  In 2010 county commissioners awarded $2,000 to DEA for this program.

DEA is a volunteer organization of more than 100 individuals in the community who are committed to implement a vision for Deschutes County’s future that will improve the economic climate of the region.

This fall DEA will conduct its 100-Day Action Summit to conclude the first phase of the 1000-day Roadmap.  At that meeting updates will be provided by teams that have been organized around key economic initiatives.

These working initiatives were presented to over 350 attendees at a conference in January.  So far teams are currently working on three:  Applied Research & Creative Activities Center, DURT (Delays, Uncertainty, Regulations, Taxes) Task Force,  and Elite Athletic Initiative.

The Applied Research & Creative Activities Center is an effort to develop a center for greater access to professional development and life-long learning opportunities and support public/private research and innovative partnerships.

The DURT (Delays, Uncertainty, Regulations, Taxes) Task Force is focused on making Central Oregon a more attractive area to stimulate local business growth as well as offer an attractive opportunity for new businesses to come into the area.

The Elite Athletic Initiative is looking at how to explore and convert Central Oregon’s world-class recreational environment to a job-creating industry.

Each of the teams has an associate coach to help expedite their progress.  DEA continues to work to develop the other teams.

“We are very appreciative to the county for their generous award,” said Lawnae Hunter, DEA’s Co-Chairman of the Board.  “These dollars will help us continue to pursue achievable economic development solutions that create long-term and sustainable business opportunities in Central Oregon.  Our mission is to foster viable, job-creating businesses and industries that end, once and for all, Central Oregon’s boom and bust economic cycles.”
Jim Keeton

Oregon is an Enterprising State

June 21st, 2011 | Author: Editor

Oregon Rankings

Oregon Rankings

A report from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Chamber Foundation entitled Enterprising States: Recovery and Renewal for the 21st century includes insights in to the economic initiatives that the state of Oregon is undertaking to compete in a global economy.

“Struck by downturns in its manufacturing and construction industries, Oregon was hit particularly hard by the recent recession. Unemployment rates in 2010 were more than twice as high as before the downturn, and among the highest in the nation. While economic measures have shown signs of recovery over the past year and unemployment rates are off their peak levels, the state still faces the specter of a period of “below trend” growth as it struggles to regain economic footing. However, even through a period of economic stress, the state has continued to be a magnet for growth, outpacing the national growth rate in the 2010 Census figures. Moving forward, the state hopes to capitalize on its proximity to and experience in accessing Asian markets to help spur future growth.”

Additionally, there are rankings of all the states and information about business clusters. You can read the complete report here.

Letter to the Editor

July 20th, 2010 | Author: Editor

Yesterday’s Bulletin included a letter to the editor which began… “I moved to Bend for a job, joining Columbia Aircraft (then The Lancair Company) back in 2004. My wife and I figured out pretty quickly that we had lucked out on a place to live — often running into folks who relocated to Bend after considering numerous other….”

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