I want to take this opportunity to update the business community on year-to-date activities from CEDR (Clatsop Economic Development Resources), Clatsop SBDC (Clatsop Community College Small Business Development Center, Clatsop WORKS paid internship program, and the CWE (Cooperative Work Experience) program. It has been a very busy year so far, and our team has been working on overdrive to deliver economic development results to Clatsop County.

CEDR continues to represent the Clatsop County business community at the table. I serve on the governor’s Regional Solutions North Coast Economic Recovery team, and have just concluded work on the North Coast Regional Equity in Recovery Council chaired by Jennifer Purcell, the North Coast regional solutions coordinator. At every opportunity, those of us who represent the North Coast reinforce to the governor’s office the importance of prioritizing rural socioeconomic challenges along with the very important diversity, equity and inclusion lens when making funding decisions to support economic recovery and growth in our region.

Buoy Beer and the Scoular Company received approval for enterprise zone tax exemptions, and will result in over $18,500,000 in investments between the two projects. I serve as the enterprise zone manager for Clatsop County, and working with the four sponsors — Clatsop County, cities of Astoria, Warrenton, and the Port of Astoria — continues to highlight the collaborative working partnerships we have here in Clatsop County.

The annual CEDR Awards event was held in May and 16 deserving businesses and organizations were given awards celebrating business success and perseverance during the coronavirus pandemic, and was a highlight of the year for all who participated.

CEDR is working with Clatsop County, the cities, Business Oregon, Columbia Pacific Economic Development District, Senator Betsy Johnson and Representative Suzanne Weber and our federal elected officials on strategies that best serve the community on the American Rescue Act funding.

The Clatsop SBDC has served 196 business clients and 778 counseling hours (always at no cost and confidential through the end of July, outpacing the record year of 2020. Sixty-one of those business clients were minority-owned. Seventy-six jobs have been created or retained year-to-date.

The center has delivered 17 training events with 862 attendees year-to-date. The webcasts are available “on demand” at no cost through the SBDC website: oregonsbdc.org. Under the leadership of Associate Director Jessica Newhall and the team of Meyer Freeman, Tammy Lambert and Jim Mejias, three Spanish-speaking workshops were launched, the Small Business Management Program graduated 10 businesses, and a summer startup bootcamp with a business plan competition was launched and completed.

Our SBDC and CCC Workforce Training areas have developed a training needs survey. Go to clatsopcc.edu and take the business leadership and professional development training needs assessment survey as soon as possible.

We have two immediate positions available with our Clatsop SBDC team; a small business management program facilitator, instructor and advisor for our Signature Program, and a part-time advisor position. For more details, go to clatsopcc.edu and click on “employment” and “current job openings” for more details.

The Clatsop WORKS paid internship program is in full swing, under the leadership of Coordinator Ryan Stanley. For the summer of 2021, we have 14 interns at 12 employers and we thank the City of Seaside, Clatsop County, Helligso Construction, Lower Columbia Preservation Society, OSU Extension, Rickenbach Construction, Haystack Rock Awareness Program, Pelican Brewing Company, Sunset Empire Park and Recreation District and The Harbor for their participation this summer. For more details on the program, go to clatsopworks.com.

Cooperative Work Experience (CWE) is a credit-based learning in a real-world setting at Clatsop Community College. Ryan oversees this program as well. Benefits to students are exploring jobs and careers related to programs of study, earning academic credit to transfer or apply to a degree and certificate, and building resume and professional networks.

For employers, it pre-screens potential employees and retains local talent, and participates in the educational process.

Email cedr@clatsopcc.edu if you have any questions, and enjoy the rest of your summer!

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