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Meg Bowen and her dog, Sparky, on the Oregon coast

"LGBTQ 101" Topic of Next
DEI Roundtable


Rural Oregon's nonprofit organizations are exploring how diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) can build understanding, strengthen mission impact, and ensure public benefit. To this end, NEOEDD is organizing a series of roundtable discussions for regional nonprofit board members and staff to learn, share, and discuss DEI methods and strategies. The next roundtable will be held Feb. 7, 2018; others are planned for May 2, Aug. 1, and Nov. 7, 2018, and Feb. 6, 2019.

The Feb. 7 session will be held at the Island City Hall, 10605 Island Ave., from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., including lunch. The title is “LGBTQ 101,” and will be led by Meg Bowen, quality director at Winding Waters Clinic in Enterprise, and Stef Duncan and Kyrie Weaver of Safe Harbors in Enterprise. Meg (photo above) has worked in health care and primary care for more than 30 years and is a Pacific Northwest native. Stef (photo below) has worked as a domestic violence and sexual assault victims’ advocate for the past eight years, the last three of which as an LGBTQ-specific advocate in Wallowa County. Wallowa native Kyrie is a facilitator of Safe Harbors’ LGBTQ+ “Safe Space Youth Program” as well as the “LGBTQ+ Advisory Council.”

Sessions in October and December of last year focused on DEI in general and how it can affect the leadership and programs of organizations. The Feb. 7 roundtable focuses on a specific area of DEI: how denying human rights to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, or queer members of our community not only threatens those individuals in obvious ways, but is also detrimental to everyone in the community.

"A community that is not safe for all of its members isn’t safe for any of its members," notes Bowen. "This roundtable will offer history and also present-day implications of fear and bigotry."

The cost to attend is $25 per person per roundtable discussion. Scholarships are available; please inquire at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598. Registration link here.

This program is available thanks to a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust.
FEBRUARY 2018 NEWSLETTER

In This Issue:

"LGBTQ 101" Topic of Next DEI Roundtable

Upcoming DEI Roundtables

Save Dates for CEDS--and Take the Values Survey

Food Hub Feasibility Study

Upcoming Opportunities

Grants

Student Opportunities

Other Resources

NEOEDD Staff
Lisa Dawson,
     Executive Director
Sara Miller,
     Economic Development
     Specialist
Erin Donovan,
     Fiscal Officer
Kristy Athens,
     Outreach Specialist

NEOEDD Board

Robert Strope,
     Chair
Michele Young,
     First Vice Chair
Ed Hibbard,
     Second Vice Chair
Bill Harvey,
     Executive Committee
Vicki Searles,
      Executive Committee

Delmer Hanson,
      Executive Committee
Rosemary Abell
Donna Beverage
Paul Castilleja
Robert Cavanaugh
Deb Gargalis
Ron Gay
Jack Howard
Bruce Nichols
Robert Parker
Susan Roberts
Dennis Sands
Tim Seydel
Don Waldrop

Board Alternate
Steve McClure

Loan Officer
Mike Ogan
541-519-7699
                        Safe Harbors' Stef Duncan

Upcoming DEI Roundtables

Save the dates!

Rural Oregon's nonprofit organizations are exploring how diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) can build understanding, strengthen mission impact, and ensure public benefit. To this end, NEOEDD is organizing a series of roundtable discussions for regional nonprofit board and staff to learn, share, and discuss DEI methods and strategies. The next roundtables will be held May 2 (Location in Baker City TBD), Aug. 1 (Location in Wallowa County TBD), and Nov. 7, 2018, and Feb. 6, 2019. Details forthcoming.

The sessions include lunch.The cost to attend is $25 per person per roundtable discussion. Scholarships are available; please inquire at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598. Registration here.

This program is available thanks to a grant from Meyer Memorial Trust.

Save Dates for CEDS--and Take the Values Survey!


In today’s competitive global market, it is necessary for regions to have a long-term economic development strategy that can serve as a roadmap to progress and prosperity. The Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) does just that. It is a locally based, regionally driven economic-development planning process that successfully engages community leaders, private sector partners, Economic Development Districts (EDDs), and other stakeholders in planning for our region’s future.
  
NEOEDD is leading a series of conversations and surveys across the region to gather input for a new CEDS document that will guide development activities for 2018-2023. On Jan. 24 community and business leaders from across Northeast Oregon gathered in La Grande (photos below) to consider the results of a Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) survey that NEOEDD distributed in January. The next step in the CEDS process is a public survey and three public discussions.

We need your input!
What are the guiding values that community leaders should consider when making policy? Take this survey to add your thoughts.

Please consider attending one of the upcoming CEDS community gatherings. Anyone interested in sharing ideas and priorities for the region's development is welcome to participate. The gatherings will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.:
  • Feb. 28 at Baker County Fairgrounds Small Meeting Room, 2600 East St. in Baker City
  • Mar. 7 at Community Connection, 702 NW 1st St. in Enterprise
  • Mar. 14 at Blue Mt. Conference Center, 404 12th St. in La Grande
RSVP or ask for more information at NEOEDD, 541-426-3598.
Community members presented economic data and then broke into work groups for visioning exercises
food hub feasibility
Kristy Athens has been busy working on a food hub feasibility study--check it out here!
Made possible by Meyer Memorial Trust
Welcome to new board member Bob Kavanaugh! Bob is the executive director of the Union County Chamber of Commerce and has lived in the area for five years. His love for the county and its people got him involved in public service. "I see all the great things that go on here," Bob says, "and I want to be involved in any way I can." He enjoys taking advantage of the outdoors, particularly skiing, backpacking, and rafting. He is excited to serve on the board of NEOEDD. "What I like most about NEOEDD is how proactive they are at seeking business opportunities and growing our economy," he says. "NEOEDD is a trusted organization, and I like that."
 
Local nonprofit representatives from Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center and Enterprise Cemetery District learn about the grantwriting process at NEOEDD's GrantReady training in Enterprise.
This workshop series will be offered in Baker City Saturdays, Apr. 7-28; click here to register.

Upcoming Opportunities


The 2017 USDA Census of Agriculture is available for producers of food until Feb. 5. Click here for more information.

The Union County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations until Feb. 5 for the 2018 Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet, Mar. 23 at the Blue Mountain Conference Center in La Grande. Call the Chamber office at 541-963-8588 for more information.

BMCC SBDC offers the 4-part "Accounting Principles" workshop Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27 at 3 p.m. in Baker City. Cost $59. Click here for more information.

Transition United States offers "How to Get Media Attention for Your Community Project" webinar Feb. 8 at noon. Click here for more information.

BMCC SBDC offers "Quickbooks: Payroll" workshop Feb. 13, 20 at 6 p.m. in Enterprise. Cost $59. Click here for more information.

Baker County Business Round Table and Baker County Employer Council meet the second Tuesday of the month (Feb. 13) at 8 a.m. at The Little Bagel Shop. Call the Chamber of Commerce office at 541-523-5855 for more information.

OSU hosts the Roadmap to the Outdoors symposium Feb. 15. in Portland. Click here for more information.

Fishtrap hosts a conference addressing challenges in agriculture titled "The New Agrarians" Feb. 16-18 in Enterprise. Click here for more information.

The OR Wine Symposium is Feb. 20-21 in Portland. Click here for more information.

BMCC SBDC offers "Social Media Intensive" workshop Feb. 24 at 1 p.m. in Enterprise. Cost $59. Click here for more information.

Nominations for the 2017 OR Travel & Tourism Industry Achievement Awards are due by Feb. 28. Click here for more information.

Travel Oregon offers monthly webinars of instruction for their Oregon Tourism Information System, or OTIS, which is a collaborative platform used for sharing and maintaining Oregon’s tourism assets. Remaining 2018 dates are Mar. 7, Apr. 4, Jun. 6, Jul. 11, Aug. 1, Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, and Dec. 5 at 10 a.m. Click here for more information.

The Street Trust presents the 2018 Active Transportation Summit Mar. 15-16 in Portland. Click here for more information.

Save Mar. 16 for the Oregon Bike Tourism Summit. Click here for more information.

The 2018 Oregon Community Food System Network Convening will be Mar. 19-21, in Silverton. Click here for more information.

Employees may be eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC or EIC), a benefit for working people with low to moderate income, particularly those with children. Click here for information about the Federal EITC and here for Oregon. Taxes are due Apr. 17.

Oregon Governor's Tourism Conference will take place Apr. 29 to May 1 in Bend. Click here for more information.

Rural Development Initiatives' Regards to Rural conference takes place May 18-20 in Portland. This year's theme is "Bridges Between Rural and Urban." Click here for more information.

WorkSource Eastern Oregon will staff an office in Enterprise Wednesday and Thursday every week from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Prairie Creek Center, 104 Litch St. Weather permitting from Dec. through March.

NE Oregon Housing Authority has received grant funds to support HUD residents vouchers to pursue educational and employment opportunities. Click here for more information.

Farm Service Agency's Livestock Indemnity Program offers payments to eligible producers for livestock death losses due to adverse weather. Click here for more information, or contact regional offices: Baker City 541-523-3621; La Grande 541-963-4178; Enterprise 541-426-4521.

Check out NEOEDD's website calendar for more upcoming events.

Grants


Northwest Farm Credit Services' Rural Community Grant Program funds projects such as building or improving facilities; purchasing equipment to facilitate a program; and funding capital improvements. Rolling deadlines are Feb. 1, Jun. 1, Oct. 1. Click here for more information.

The Reser Family Foundation's rolling deadlines are Feb. 1 and Aug. 1. The foundation's focus areas are education, health, arts and environment. Click here for more information.

OCF's Creative Heights fund is accepting letters of intent from arts and culture organizations until Feb. 20. Click here for more information.

Soroptimist International of Wallowa County welcomes applications for its fellowship for women who seek an advanced degree. Deadline Mar. 1. Pick up an application at the Soroptimist Thrift Shop in Enterprise.

U.S. Bank grants are available to support three focus areas: Play (open Feb. 1 to Mar. 31; click here); Work (open Apr. 1 to May 31; click here); Home (open Jul. 1 to Aug. 31; click here).

Wildhorse Foundation grant deadlines are  Apr. 1, Jul. 1, Oct. 1, Jan. 1. They fund projects in a variety of areas in Morrow, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties, and with Tribal entities. Click here for more information.

Oregon Arts Commission's Career Opportunity Grants have rolling deadlines of Apr. 5 and Aug. 31. Click here for more information.

Letters of intent for OR Parks & Rec's Recreational Trails Program grant program are due Apr. 30. Click here for more information.

The Oregon Cultural Trust has coalitions in all Oregon counties and Tribes that distribute arts and humanities grants within the community. In Baker County, the deadlines are May 15 and Dec. 15; click here for more information. In Wallowa County, the deadline is "in Spring;" click here for more information. In Union County, the deadline is Nov. 1; click here for more information.

Oregon Community Foundation's Community Grant Program addresses community needs and fosters civic leadership and engagement. Rolling deadlines are Jul. 15 and Jan. 15. Click here for more information.

USDA NIFA Small Business Innovation Research encourages projects dealing with agriculturally related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies to explore all SBIR topic areas. Click here for more information.

Business Oregon offers Export Promotion Grants to eligible small businesses for export training and development activities. Click here for more information.

The Ford Family Foundation offers a number of grants to rural Oregon. Click here for more information.

Meyer Memorial Trust is currently focused on efforts to promote equity and inclusion. Click here for more information.

The Leo Adler Foundation supports projects in Baker County. Click here for more information.

GrantSpace offers tools, webinars and other fundraising resources. Click here to visit their website.

There are many more grant opportunities listed on the Oregon Secretary of State Grants website, which is here.

Student Opportunities


OR Wheat Foundation offers scholarships to high school seniors who are children of members or staff. Application deadline: Feb. 1, 2018. Click here for more information.

PEO Chapter $1,000 DK Memorial Scholarship available to women who graduated from a Union County high school and fulfill other requirements, applications due Apr. 1. Email Teresa here for more information.

The Women in STEM Study.com Scholarship gives one girl and one woman pursuing a STEM undergrad degree $500 toward tuition. Deadline is Apr. 1. Click here for more information.


In June and July, Community Bank offers the Earn While You Learn program, which offers students who have an account at the bank money to reward good grades. Check with your local branch for more information.

Job Corps is a free, residential job training program based in Nampa, Idaho. There is an orientation session the first and third Tuesday of every month at 11 a.m. at WorkSource Oregon in La Grande. Email John for more information.

Kelly Smith is youth career specialist at WorkSource Oregon in La Grande. Contact her via email or 541-963-7942 x13.

Portland State University offers free tuition for eligible freshmen. Click here for more information.

The Leo Adler Foundation offers scholarships to students at North Powder HS and in Baker County. Click here for more information.

The Oregon State Capital's Honorary Page program welcomes students aged 12 to 18 to be sworn in by the Sergeant-at-Arms, perform duties on the floor of the House, run errands for the Chief Clerk's office, observe committee meetings and more. Click here for more information.

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative offers an annual Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. Click here for more information.

Oregon Trail Electric Cooperative offers college scholarships. Click here for more information.

The American Civil Liberties Union offers a Summer Advocacy Institute program for high school students. Fee $2,500; financial aid is available. Click here for more information.

Scholarships for women are listed here.

Scholarships for undocumented students are listed here.

Federal delegates offer internships to college and graduate students in their Oregon and Washington DC offices. For Congressman Greg Walden, click here. For Senator Ron Wyden, click here. For Senator Jeff Merkley, click here.

Northeast Oregon Area Health Education Center publishes a Field Guide to Health Careers. Click here for more information.

EOU offers a networking group for students called the Millenial Community. Students interested in joining should email Shari Carpenter, associate professor of business, here.

Business Oregon offers unpaid internships in International Trade Internship program, which takes place in Portland. Click here for more information.

The Oregon College Savings Plan offers a tax-free savings account for college tuition. Click here for more information.

FAFSA, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid website, is here.

Other Resources


Travel Oregon offers a monthly Travel Barometer here.

OregonSaves gives Oregonians whose employers do not offer a retirement option a way to save for retirement. Pre-tax dollars are deposited into a Roth IRA. Click here for more information.

Oregon Community Food Systems Network, a collaboration of nonprofit organizations and allies dedicated to strengthening local and regional food systems to deliver better economic, social, health and environmental outcomes across the state, seeks members and business affiliates.

Click here if you would like to make your business Bike-Friendly and take advantage of Travel Oregon's program.

Click here to take advantage of Oregon's rising Chinese tourism with Travel Oregon's China Ready online training modules.

The M.J. Murdoch Charitable Trust offers an intensive "Essentials of Development" mentorship program for nonprofit leaders. Cost is $500. Click here for more information.

Eastern OR Workforce Board offers the Incumbent Worker Training Program to assist manufacturing and health care companies in re-training their current employees. Contact Eric Labonte at 541-963-7942 for more information.

The Union County USDA Farm Service Agency is sending notifications via text message. Text "ORUnion" to FSANOW (372-669) to subscribe.

Learn more about the USDA's Microloan program for small farmers here.

HatchLab Baker is a center for entrepreneurs that provides programs, resources, tools, and expertise for entrepreneurs starting or running a business. It is also a place to work in Baker City, whether it's for a day or a year. Click here for more information.

Business Oregon offers an Export Promotion Program for Oregon manufacturers who want to expand their market. Click here for more information.

The Small Business Development Center offers free advising to business owners and workshops to anyone in the community, including nonprofits. Baker and Wallowa counties are served via Blue Mt. Community College; Union County is served via Eastern Oregon University.


Nonprofit Assoc. of OR released the 2016 Northwest Nonprofit Capacity Report: Our Strengths - Our Challenges - Our Resilience using survey data from more than 1,000 nonprofits in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Washington. Click here to download.

Are you a business owner who wants to help Travel Oregon support projects that maintain what's unique about Oregon? Join TO's Forever Fund here. And, view TO's latest statewide tourism survey report here.

The U.S. General Services Administration issues a number of innovation challenge grants. Click here to view current challenges.

Nonprofit Assoc. of Oregon and The Ford Family Foundation offer free one-year memberships to rural nonprofits. Click here for the application.

Farm Commons offers a number of legal resources for people in agriculture. Click here for more information.

USDA has a new service, FSAFarm+, that provides producers the ability to remotely access their personal farm information using a home computer. Contact your Farm Service Agency for more information--Union County 541-963-4178, Baker County 541-523-7121 x2, and Wallowa County 541-426-4521 x2.

Northwest Trade Adjustment Assistance Center offers up to $75,000 of matching grant funds for "Made in America" products. Click here for more information.

Looking for a job? Try the Oregon Dept. of Employment's job listings. Click here for more information. Lowry Job Development Services is based in Baker City; call them at 541-519-4343. Mac's List is another great resource, though most of its listings are for the Portland area. Click here for more information.

Check out NEOEDD's Resources page for more information.
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