Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board

The Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board (EOBB) is charged with implementing investment strategies and practices in workforce and economic development in the region and to make loans or grants to eligible applicants for encouraging regional workforce and economic development.

The Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board was created in the 2017 legislative session to implement investment strategies and practices in workforce and economic development in the region and to make loans or grants to eligible applicants for encouraging regional workforce and economic  development.

The Eastern Oregon Border area is defined as that part of Oregon that is within 20 miles of the Oregon border with the state of Idaho; that includes, but is not limited to the cities of Ontario, Nyssa, and Vale; includes Willow Creek and Brogan; is an area in Oregon that is across the border from Weiser, Idaho; and is an area southwest of Vale for a distance of 10 miles.

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Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board Funding Programs

 

The Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board is charged with implementing investment strategies and practices in workforce and economic development in the region and to make loans or grants to eligible applicants for encouraging regional workforce and economic development.

All grant and loan awards must significantly impact education, workforce, and/or economic development capacity in the Border Region. Priority will be given to programs and projects that:

  • Enhance prosperity in the Border Region
  • Improve the Border Region’s property tax base
  • Improve the Border Region’s competitiveness with Idaho
  • Increase workforce availability and skills in the Border Region
  • Improve the image of Border Region
  • Leverage the funds with a complement of outside funding

Questions or guidance on a specific application may be directed to eoborderboard@gmail.com and must be submitted at least two weeks prior to an application deadline to ensure adequate time for a response from the Eastern Oregon Border Board. Applications received after the application deadline will not be considered.

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Incentive Programs

Competitive Housing Incentive Program
Open Application Cycle

Homeowners of newly constructed, owner-occupied homes within participating areas of the Border Region will receive $6,000 upon completion and occupancy of a new residence with a tax assessed value of $125,000 at completion. The homeowner is also eligible to submit a paid property tax receipt each year to be reimbursed a maximum of $1,500 annually for up to 10 years.

Qualifying projects must be a stick-built, single family home on a foundation or a townhome, duplex and multiplex, provided at least one unit is owner-occupied. Manufactured homes are not eligible.

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Property Improvement Rebate Program
Open Application Cycle

Property owners of existing residential, commercial or industrial properties and new development of multi-family residential, commercial and industrial properties who make eligible improvements to specific existing or new properties in the Border Region, that increase the tax assessed value by a minimum of $10,000, will receive a rebate of $20,000 or 15% of the increased value (whichever is less).

Eligible activities include, but are not limited to, façade improvements, structural repairs, major remodels and new development of multi-family residential, commercial or industrial properties.

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 Grant Programs

Scott Fairley Memorial Edge Grant
Open Application Dates: February 1 – March 31, 2022 and August 1 – September 30, 2022

All residents, land owners, schools, businesses, local governments, nonprofit organizations and community groups within the Border Region may apply for up to $25,000 by demonstrating the ability to enhance economic vitality and opportunity by way of innovative and creative solutions in the Border Region.

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Completed applications (and supplemental documents) can be sent to eoborderboard@gmail.com or mailed to Eastern Oregon Border Board, attn: Lisa Reeser, PO Box 218, Ontario OR 97914.

Education and Workforce Training Grant
Open Application Dates: February 1 – March 31, 2022
Local education service providers in the Border Region may apply for up to $100,000 to provide educational programs, equipment or facility upgrades specific to workforce training.

Apply Here through Oregon Community Foundation

Community Improvement Planning Grant
Open Application Dates: February 1 – March 31, 2022 and August 1 – September 30, 2022
Local governments within the Border Region may apply for up to $100,000  for community improvement planning including, but not limited to, master plans, transportation plans, airports, parks, etc.

Apply Here through Oregon Community Foundation

Ready Workforce Mobilization Grant
Open Application Dates: August 1 – September 30, 2022
To provide funding to purchase equipment, facility upgrades, start-up costs, expansion or other products and services necessary to mobilize a workforce around housing, childcare, transportation and accessibility.

Apply Here through Oregon Community Foundation

Loan Programs

Industrial Land Certification Loan Program
To allow private land owners the ability to complete certification or recertify industrial land development.

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Infrastructure Revolving Loan Program
To attract new residential, commercial or industrial development in the Border Region.

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2022 Meeting Schedule

All meetings are 3:00pm – 5:00pm MT unless otherwise noted.

2023 Meeting Schedule

All meetings are 3:00pm – 5:00pm MT unless otherwise noted.

Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board Members

The Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board has seven voting members and one nonvoting member appointed by the Governor. Voting members serve four-year terms and are eligible for reappointment for a total of two consecutive terms.

Tiffany Cruickshank

Board Chair

Appointed Dec 2017
Term expires 2022

Tiffany Cruickshank is a member of the Onions 52, Inc. sales team based in the Treasure Valley region. Her background includes onion sales, transportation, marketing, packing shed management, and business education. She is a fourth-generation Oregon agriculturalist, and lives on a farm where she and her husband raise forage crops, flowers, pumpkins and two daughters. During her career, she has taken on many roles—from President of the Idaho-Oregon Fruit & Vegetable Association in 2016-17 to serving on the Idaho Eastern Oregon Onion Promotion Committee and Chairing the Idaho-Oregon Fruit & Vegetable Association Scholarship Committee.

Cruickshank earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration: Marketing from University of Oregon and a Master of Business Administration from Eastern Oregon University.

Bill Johnson

Appointed Dec 2017
Term expires 2023

Bill Johnson is the owner of Loft Property Management, the largest private apartment manager in Malheur County. Bill joined Microsoft after college where he led the design of early versions of Microsoft Excel. Later, he served as a Vice President at InterNAP, an internet routing optimization firm. He created Sage Farms, which was one of the largest row crop operations in the Treasure Valley. He is a founding member of Malheur County Poverty to Prosperity, is a trustee at Eastern Oregon University and serves on several other business and civic boards.

Johnson has a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Stuart Reitz

Appointed Dec 2017
Term expires 2022

Stuart Reitz became director of Oregon State University’s Malheur Experiment Station in November 2018, following a six-year career with the Malheur County Extension Office. His research and extension activities address the agricultural interests and needs of Malheur County and neighboring areas of southwestern Idaho. He works most closely with onion and potato growers to improve their production practices and pest management programs to ensure the quality and safety of their crops, and to promote their economic viability. Before joining Oregon State University, Stuart served for 13 years as a research entomologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service in Tallahassee, FL, where he conducted research on the ecology and management of insects that transmit plant pathogens.

Reitz has a B.S. in biology from the University of South Alabama, a M.Sc. in zoology and a Ph.D. in entomology from Clemson University.

Dana Young

Appointed Dec 2017
Term expires 2024

Dana M. Young has served as president of Treasure Valley Community College since July 2010 when she became TVCC’s first female president. With more than 30 years of community college administrative experience, President Young has dedicated her career to increasing access for students and building quality services to meet student needs. Before coming to TVCC, Young spent seven years as the Vice President of Student Affairs at Northwest College in Powell, Wyoming. Prior to moving to Wyoming, Young worked at Blue Mountain Community College for more than 17 years. At BMCC she held several leadership positions including Vice President/Dean of Student & Enrollment Services, Associate Dean of Enrollment Services and Director of Financial Aid.

Young earned her PhD in Higher Education Leadership from Colorado State University, a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Portland State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Economics from Eastern Oregon University.

Roberto Gamboa

Appointed December 2020
Term expires 2024

Roberto Gamboa serves as the Director of Operations and Community Development at Euvalcree. He is extremely passionate about creating a community rooted in diversity, equity, and inclusivity, and takes pride in helping by providing the knowledge, training and resources with which to do so. His favorite experiences with EUVALCREE have been working with the people who are doing really great work all over the state who help to make so many integral, positive changes. He has worked with the local community in advocating for SB558 Cover all kids and has also been engaging the community throughout the Student Success Act work that has been happening locally and at a state-wide level. He strives towards a bright and healthy future for all Oregonians and will always advocate and push forward the necessary work required to achieve that outcome.

Gamboa has the honor of serving as the administrator to the Eastern Oregon Health Equity Alliance, which is the Regional Health Equity Coalition that serves the Eastern region of Oregon. He serves as a member of the Oregon Health Authorities Office of Equity and Inclusion’s Advisory Council. He is also a member on the Oregon Council on Health Care Interpreter.

Andrew Maeda

Appointed March 2022
Term expires 2026

Andrew Maeda is the Executive Director for the Ontario Recreation District. He returned to his hometown in August of 2019 after a career in collegiate Strength and Conditioning at Illinois State University. His career in health and wellness began in the gym and weight room at the Ontario High School where he graduated from in 2011. He then finished a four-year sports performance internship and undergraduate degree at Western Oregon University before moving on to a graduate assistantship in sports performance and master’s degree in biomechanics from Illinois State.

Andrew has a passion for coaching in all capacities and helping improve our community. He loves spending time traveling and outdoors with his family, camping, hiking, fishing, hunting, and playing sports.  

Ron Haidle

Appointed January 2022
Term expires 2026

Ron Haidle retired as President/CEO of Malheur Credit Union and subsequently joined the Treasure Valley Small Business Development Center (SBDC) part-time as an advisor for business start-up and expansion (state, federal, accounting regulations, entity selection, financial strategy, business planning, and risk management).  He has been on numerous boards and committees; like Malheur County budget committee, Oregon Workforce Investment, and legislative precinct.

Haidle has a Bachelor of Science from Montana State University, and completed Western CU Management at Pomona College, Claremont, California.  Prior to CU management, Haidle held multiple positions throughout the northwest at Farm Credit Services, and obtained real-life education growing up on a Montana farm/ranch.

Melisa Drugge

Oregon Business Development Department Designee / Non-Voting Member

Melisa Drugge joined the Oregon Business Development Department (Business Oregon) team in 2012 as regional development officer serving Eastern Oregon.  Melisa was promoted to regional development manager in 2018 and currently manages a regional development team of 19 staff. Melisa and her regional development team live and work throughout the state of Oregon.

Prior to joining Business Oregon, Drugge served 12 years as the Executive Director of the Greater Eastern Oregon Development Corporation (GEODC), a nonprofit Economic Development District serving Eastern Oregon. She was responsible for fundraising, business retention activities and overseeing the day-to-day operations of the organization.  Before moving to Oregon, Drugge was employed with Bear Paw Development Corporation, a nonprofit Economic Development District located in Northern Montana.

Drugge holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Montana State University with an emphasis in business finance and economics.  She also completed the National Development Council’s Finance Professional Certification in 1994 and holds a certificate as an Economic Development Finance Professional.

Shawna Peterson

Executive Director

Shawna Peterson is the attorney owner of S Peterson Law, LLC in Ontario, Oregon. Her practice is focused on advising businesses and estate planning, with special expertise in serving farm and ranch clients. Her legal career began in 2002 in Omaha, Nebraska, where she also gained experience in business transactions and civil litigation. Peterson is involved in a number of local and regional organizations and is a frequent guest speaker on topics within her professional expertise.

Peterson received her law degree from Lewis & Clark College Northwestern School of Law, is a graduate of Gonzaga University, and is licensed to practice in Oregon, Idaho, and formerly Nebraska.