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.”