Business & Community Services Board of Commissioners Monthly Economic Development Update

Since March, efforts have been almost entirely directly an COVID-19 related support. Staff have been working in the Emergency Operations Center and have delivered a small business support package that continues to expand and grow.

COVID-19 Small Business Support Package

  • General COVID-19 related work
    • Emergency Operations Center
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
      • Small percentage of inventory distributed
    • Monitoring 4Biz phone and email
    • Who’s Open? App


  • Round 1 of Grants – $420,000
    • $200,000 in Clackamas County funds (Lottery dollars)
    • $45,000 in State of Oregon Matching Funds
    • $175,000 in State of Oregon Funds to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) via MESO


  • Round Two of grants – $155,000
    • $155,000 in State of Oregon Matching Funds
      • Program now allows funding to be used to support small businesses that did receive CARES Act funds through the PPP and EIDL programs 
    • Oversubscribed in original round and will prioritize grants to those who were eligible but did not receive funding


  • Micro Enterprise Services of Oregon (MESO) Business Support
    • Full offering of MESOs services
    • Now established at Umpqua Bank on 82nd
    • More than two dozen business already being assisted 


  • Clackamas Community College Scholarships
    • $100,000 in scholarships to assist students with getting over the finish line of degree/program completion
    • Finalizing agreement with Counsel 


  • $1,500,000 (CARES Act funding) Small Business Support Package (NEW – Program details under development – TENTATIVE pending finalization) 
    • $1,000,000 via MESO
      • Grants
      • Technical assistance to business owners (legal fees, translation, accounting assistance)
    • $500,000 Business Recovery Centers
      • 4 strategic/geographic locations
      • Confirming partnerships
      • Marketing to historically disadvantaged business owners
      • May be able to provide:
        • Staff
        • PPE
        • Legal Assistance
        • Accounting Assistance
        • Childcare Assistance


  • Recovery Planning with Emergency Operations Center/Disaster Management
    • Economic Development Commission (EDC) provided a letter of support
    • EDC will be involved in recovery workgroup

Wildfire Small Business Support

  • Publicizing need for wildfire disaster impacts within local business community
  • Receiving business damage reports from the EOC 
  • Providing follow-up to businesses needing assistance

Economic Development Program Elements


  • Business Development 
    • Recent Enterprise Zone Approvals
      • Two recently approved. Company name to be shared at a later date due to confidentiality requirements
    • Five new business retention/expansion contacts in last two weeks
      • All Enterprise Zone incentive eligible
      • Estacada (1)
      • Milwaukie (3) 
      • Sandy (1)
    • Wood Product industry updates
      • Wood product company (outside Estacada) – BCS Economic Development and DTD staff met to walk the company through what would be required to do a comprehensive plan zone change. Company to reach out when ready. 
      • Pellet Manufacturer (unincorporated Molalla area) – in due diligence
      • Wood product company (outside Oregon City) – BCS Economic Development provided all available information on expansion requirements. Company to reach out when ready. 
  • Cross Laminated Timber
    • Extending grant agreements for CLT Courthouse designs to allow for dissemination of work at conferences
      • Wood Innovations Grant (USFS)
      • University of Oregon School of Architecture & Environment
        • Studio books complete and arriving soon
        • Life Cycle Analysis report will be done soon
    • County Forestry is looking at a salvage harvest for timber damaged by the recent wildfire
    • Sauter Timber ribbon cutting postponed until further notice due to COVID-19 restrictions
    • In discussions with US Forest Service about wildfire impacts to their lands
  • Land Bank Authority (LBA)
    • Received extension on state grant dollars for LBA development
      • Project must start on or before January 1, 2022
      • Project completion date extended to January 31, 2024
  • BCC MFR Goals
    • Commercial and Industrial Lands
    • Workforce
  • Global Trade
    • Paused due to COVID-19



  • Strategic Planning
    • Beginning scope of work
    • Will include Technical Advisory Committee 
    • BCC input will be key. Other stakeholders will be interviewed as well

Key Partner/Stakeholder/Association Happenings

  • Duke Dexter in TS submitted broadband grant application
  • Oregon Economic Development Association (OEDA)
    • Virtual Conference, October 26 – October 28, 2020
    • Conference planning committee firming up agenda and speakers. More details to follow
      • Proposed session on Recovery Planning
      • Potential federal and state delegation panel
  • Exploring a meeting with Oregon Institute of Technology to discuss their long-range planning for the area
    • Commissioner Schrader on invite list
  • Will be working with the BCC to schedule site visits


Upcoming Policy Sessions

  • Clackamas Workforce Partnership Budget Presentation, October 20, 2020, 3:30 PM