By Kevin Leahy
CEDR is the acronym for “Clatsop Economic Development Resources,” Clatsop County’s Economic Development Organization. It is the only organization in Clatsop County whose sole focus is to create, grow and retain businesses. We have launched our 2015 membership campaign, and are reaching out to new and existing members to join and renew membership in our CEDR organization.
CEDR serves the need for a dedicated economic development services organization, and provides a central point of contact for coordinated efforts across communities, countywide. CEDR has the endorsement of chambers and city governments across Clatsop County, as well as the endorsement of the county government itself. CEDR provides more resources and service to local businesses than any one community in Clatsop County could provide alone.
One year ago, we launched a private sector membership drive. We are pleased to announce CEDR currently has 50 private sector members, both businesses and individuals, compared to only 3 private sector members the prior year. The investment in the CEDR organization has allowed us to expand services we can provide to the business community, many at no cost.
Recap of CEDR recent accomplishments. (Validated Results through the Clatsop Community College Small Business Development Center- Full year 2013 and year-to-date 2104):
CEDR met with 270 clients in FREE and CONFIDENTIAL advising sessions, totaling 1,831 hours.
CEDR contributed to the creation of 30.5 new jobs.
CEDR contributed to the retention of 36 existing jobs.
CEDR contributed to 11 new business starts.
CEDR assisted in securing over $1,352,000 in financing for local businesses.
The CEDR/Clatsop Community College SBDC Small Business Management Program has 29 business owners and managers enrolled in this flagship program, which has been part of Clatsop Community College since 1979.
CEDR presented 71 educational workshops serving more than 737 people.
CEDR is one of only two SBDC Centers in the State of Oregon participating in a VIP (Virtual Incubation Program) with the Oregon Technology Business Center in Beaverton, connecting four local business entrepreneurs with metro area business mentors.
The Clatsop Community College Small Business Development Center, under the CEDR umbrella, is part of the statewide OSBDCN (Oregon Small Business Development Center Network), one of nineteen Centers in the state of Oregon that are affiliated with every community college in the state, as well as two universities. The core mission of the SBDC is FREE & CONFIDENTIAL one-on-one business advising, training and information resources for new and existing businesses. (We continue to search out more funding for CEDR as our advising is at no charge and we will need to cut back on advising if we cannot find new sources of funding to support this critical service to the business community).
CEDR is affiliated with Clatsop Community College, and spearheads the CEDR/SBDC Advisory, Education and Workforce Training committee with the Oregon Employment Department, Clatsop Community College, Tongue Point Job Corps, Pac NW Works and business leaders on workforce training and development initiatives that will benefit our region, create more jobs, give us a competitive advantage, and not duplicate resources.
CEDR meets monthly on economic development issues with County Manager Scott Somers and all City Managers, is an advisory member of the Governors Regional Solutions Advisory Committee and Col-Pac Economic Development District, serves on the Clatsop Forestry Economic Development Committee and is a member of the Columbia Pacific Preservation/CCC Historic Preservation Program Committee. CEDR is a member of the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association Business Development Committee, Clatsop Community College and Astoria High School Business Advisory Committees, and is an active member of the Astoria-Warrenton and Seaside Chambers of Commerce, the Seaside Downtown Development Association, and others.
CEDR’s operating budget is funded by multiple sources, including our public sector funders Clatsop County, Clatsop Community College, the cities of Astoria, Seaside, Warrenton, Gearhart and Cannon Beach, Port of Astoria and Sunset Empire Transportation District, but additional funding from the private sector is required in order to carry out the work to the fullest extent possible, generating an even more powerful impact.
Membership is available for as little as $50 per year for individuals, and $100 per year for businesses. Six levels of membership are available, and benefits accrue with each upgrade in membership.