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Economic Development

Implementation of Statewide Planning Goal 9 ensures that cities plan and designate an adequate land supply for future economic development and employment growth in Oregon. DLCD offers a variety of resources to assist local governments in achieving their economic development planning goals. We provide training, information, and resources on economic development planning. We also lend a hand to any agency working to improve local economies. If there is a plan to revitalize downtown or improve the supply of employment land, we are happy to help make it happen.

We also help planners conduct Economic Opportunities Analyses (EOAs). These reports help cities and counties identify likely industrial and other economic development opportunities and corresponding employment land needs over a 20-year planning period. The results help inform future investors and developers on what industries will best fit the region.

A train along the Roseburg Lumber Mill near Dillard.Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA)

Economic growth is a bit like the weather – while we never know what will happen for sure, knowing the forecast helps us plan for the most likely situation. An Economic Opportunity Analysis (EOA) is like an economic forecast for an area: it tells cities how to prepare for expected growth over time. These reports help cities and counties understand which industries and services will thrive in their area, and how they can best use land within their urban growth boundary (UGB).

To build an EOA, planners research their area’s economic history and use that data to build economic forecasts. Then they examine how land is used in the region to determine whether or not there will be enough buildable land to account for the projected growth. Buildable land includes vacant lots, and land that could be redeveloped to better serve the area.

DLCD provides grants to help cover the cost of conducting an EOA. For more details on DLCD's grant programs, go to the Grants Information page.

Take a look at the following resources to learn more or contact us These sources provide answers to some frequently asked questions and common issues that come up during an economic opportunity analysis:

Eastern Oregon Economic Development Planning Project

In 2018, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) received $300,000 for economic development planning assistance from the Oregon Legislature via HB 5201. The bill allocates funding "for the purpose of providing technical assistance grants to eastern Oregon counties for economic opportunity analyses (EOAs)." For more information about this project, go to the Eastern Oregon Economic Development Planning Project page.


Kirstin Greene
Economic Development Specialist
Phone: 503-934-0017

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