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Economic Development

A train along the Roseburg Lumber Mill near Dillard.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.

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 equips cities with information to help prepare for growth over time. These analyses 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 boundaries (UGB).

To build an EOA, communities 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 accommodate the projected growth. Buildable land includes vacant lots, and land that could be redeveloped to better serve the area over time.

DLCD provides grants to help cover the cost of conducting an EOA. For more details on DLCD's grant programs, please visit 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:

EOA Examples

Take a look at the examples below if you're curious about what a complete EOA looks like. Please keep in mind that each EOA is unique to a community's circumstances. The examples provide insight for a variety of city sizes and conditions and should not be copied and used without adding information specific to your community.​

For land use planners and community and economic development professionals, the COVID-19 pandemic presents an opportunity to rethink local codes and planning programs, and consider the best, most effective ways to use them as tools for recovery planning and community development. DLCD is committed to assisting local governments in these efforts and has begun producing a series of guidance documents to inform and inspire thoughtful, local planning changes that can be customized by communities looking for both creative and common sense ways to assist economic recovery and resilience.

DLCD is also working in partnership with several state agencies to support Oregon's State Disaster Recovery Plan​. As the lead agency in State Recovery Function 1: Community Planning and Capacity Building (SRF #1), DLCD is responsible for providing support to augment the capacity-building and community planning resources of local and tribal governments so that they may effectively plan for, manage, and implement COVID-19 economic recovery activities.

DLCD's community planning resources for COVID-19 recovery are listed below, and will be updated regularly during the recovery phase.

Additional economic recovery resources are available through Business Oregon's Coronavirus Information page​.

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)." Funding from this program must be spent in its entirety by June 30, 2019. For more information about this project, go to the Eastern Oregon Economic Development Project page​.

Business Oregon

Financial assistance programs available through Business Oregon.​
https://www.oregon4biz.com/How-We-Can-Help/Finance-Programs/

Industrial Development
https://www.orinfrastructure.org/Infrastructure-Programs/Industrial-Development/

Industrial Site Certification: Go to OregonProspector.com and filter for "Certified Sites"​ to see a current list of sites, or learn more about industrial site certification here:
https://www.orinfrastructure.org/Infrastructure-Programs/

Department of Revenue

Property Tax: Urban Renewal.
https://www.oregon.gov/DOR/forms/FormsPubs/urban-renewal-circular_504-623.pdf

Association of Oregon Redevelopment Agencies

Overview of Urban Renewal.
Urban Renewal in Oregon: History, Case Studies, Policy Issues and Latest Developments.
http://www.oregonurbanrenewal.org/

Oregon Department of Transportation

Transportation Infrastructure Bank
https://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/CS/FS/Pages/otib.aspx

Oregon Department of Energy

Incentive and Tax Credit Programs.
https://www.oregon.gov/energy/At-Work/Pages/default.aspx

Bureau of Economic Analysis Regional Data

https://www.bea.gov/regional/index.htm

Council of Development Finance Agencies

Resources on Tax Increment Financing (TIF).​
https://www.cdfa.net/cdfa/cdfaweb.nsf/resourcecenters/tif.html

Regional Solutions Center

Starting at the local level to identify priorities, each center works from the bottom up to solve problems and complete projects. These centers integrate state agency work and funding to ensure that projects are finished as quickly and cost-effectively as possible.
https://www.oregon.gov/gov/admin/regional-solutions/Pages/about.aspx


Contact

Leigh McIlvaine
Economic Development Specialist
leigh.mcilvaine@state.or.us
Phone: 503-934-0071

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