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Webinar: FY 2021 Strategic Economic and Community Development (SECD) Funding Opportunity Tuesday, February 9, 2021  /  2-3 pm MST

We encourage you to join if your work supports regional community development or promotes rural economic diversity.

The Fight Between Cornices and Spreadsheets in Rural America. Which One is Winning in Your Community?

Running the world for the interests of people who only value money will have us fighting with each other over who inherits a planet none of us can live on.

Ronald Reagan – The Importance of Stories

Telling a story, he made me understand, helps make your case in a way that no abstraction can: A story builds an emotional bond, and emotional bonds build trust.

Want a More Equitable Future? Empower Citizen Developers

By the end of this decade, we will have failed if the tech industry is the only beneficiary of tech intensity. Its purpose is the democratic ideal of opportunity for everyone.

Oregon Economic Development Conference: Resilient Economic RecoveryOct 26 – 28, 2020

Oregon’s statewide economic development community will gather virtually this October to explore all features of effective economic response – and what it will take to bring sustainable, equitable recovery across Oregon. 

Opinion: A chance to rebuild better, if health care, education institutions allow it

Having spent most of my life in public service, I can tell you this won’t be easy—but it is necessary. Who will lead this brave and essential shift in our accounting for justice? Who in education? Who in health care? We must work at this together as though the success of our society depends on it … because it does.

The 10 Dumbest Phrases Used By Economic Developers

(1) “Attract and Retain Business”

Angel-investor leaders applaud SEC’s new ‘accredited investor’ definition – After this change, having sufficient “knowledge and expertise” is all it takes.

Liz Marchi, who now serves as the head of marketing for an interesting new White Fish, Montana-based venture fund named Two Bear Capital, said the decision “embodies Chairman Clayton’s attitude that there shouldn’t be arbitrary thresholds. This will help reach innovators and problem solvers beyond the ecosystem centers.”

America’s Moral Obligation for Universal Broadband

Too little progress has been made to ensure that high-speed Internet is available to all. As the pandemic has demonstrated, far too many still don’t have what they need to function in a virtual world.

New Grant Program Fund Off-Road Pedestrian and Bike Infrastructure in Oregon

There could be around $19.2 million up for grabs between federal and state sources through 2024.