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September 2017
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PSU Graduate Students develop a Plan for City of Umatilla
Modest expectations to transformational results.
In the Fall of 2016, city and county staff responded to a proposal from the Portland State University Toulan School MURP Graduate Planning Workshop. The university invited communities to submit planning proposals worthy of a final master’s project with a team of graduate students. City and county staff believed the odds were low given the distance from the Portland campus. But, it seemed like a promising endeavor, to enlist a group of students from an esteemed graduate school to help develop a much-needed vision for a downtown redevelopment plan. Well, as luck turns out, Umatilla hit the jackpot!
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Housing Funding Opportunities
The Umatilla County Economic and Community Development team knows that each community throughout Umatilla County has housing as one of its top priorities.
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Ashley Hankins, PHS Senior
Summer Intern
served as an intern at Eastern Oregon Business Source this summer and is continuing this opportunity weekly throughout the school year. Ashley has worked closely with community development coordinators, grant writers, and the business owner.
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Upcoming Workshop
Ever feel so caught up in making the project happen that you forget to step back and really assess the impact?

Want to be able to objectively decide whether to do an event again or to expand current programming?

Join us at our next workshop as we discuss best practices for conducting simple and effective Evaluations for projects and programs
October 12th at Eastern Oregon Business Source
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Upcoming Grant Opportunities:
Oregon Heritage Commission
Projects related to Oregon Heritage
Typical Range: $5,000 - $20,000
Deadline: October 2.2017
Contact: Kuri Gill, P:503-986-0685, kuri.gill@oregon.gov
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Wells Fargo
Idaho, Eastern Oregon, Spokane Washington
Non-profits, agencies, and schools
Deadline: Ongoing – Accepts application from January 1 to October 1 each year
Contact: Molly Lenty, P: 208-393-2256, mlenty@wellsfargo.com
Grant Application
USDA Rural Energy for America Program
Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Loans & Grants
Program Status: Open – Deadline TBD Provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.
Contact: John Holma, P: (503) 414-3369, john.holman@or.usda.gov
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Opus Community Foundation
Affordable Housing and Community Revitalization
Deadline: Open
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Grant Tips:
Say Thank you!!! This is especially important if funds have been awarded. However, take the time to thank a funder for their time and consideration even after being declined. Be gracious and kind, use this as an opportunity to re-connect with the funder, build a relationship with them, ask questions and learn from experience. Just because one proposal was declined doesn’t mean future ones won’t be successful.


Susan Bower, SHRM SCP, MBA
Eastern Oregon Business Source & Umatilla County Increasing Capacity
245 SE 4th Pendleton, OR 97801

For more information and pricing visit the Eastern Oregon Business Source website http://eobusinesssource.com or contact:

Brittany Johnson
Community Development Coordinator
Susan Bower
Program Manager
Robert Waldher
Assistant Planning Director
Bill Elfering
County Commissioner
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245 SE 4th Street
Pendleton, OR 97801
United States
245 SE 4th Street
Pendleton, OR 97801
United States