2017 ORS 284.781¹
Duties, functions and powers

The Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board, in collaboration with and with the assistance of the Oregon Business Development Department, has the following duties, functions and powers:

(1) To identify policies and strategies that will:

(a) Promote workforce and economic growth;

(b) Facilitate development or prevent decline of regionally significant industrial sites;

(c) Create or maintain jobs in the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Region; and

(d) Improve access to career and technical education, workforce training programs and higher education to enhance the availability of a qualified workforce for employers in the region.

(2) To make recommendations to the Legislative Assembly for policies and strategies that improve the availability of career and technical education, workforce training programs and higher education for the purpose of improving the availability of a qualified workforce for employers in the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Region.

(3) To identify specific laws, rules and regulations that place specific workforce development or economic development efforts in the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Region at a competitive disadvantage to the same type of efforts in the areas across the Oregon border as described in ORS 284.786 (Identification of laws that place region’s development efforts at disadvantage).

(4) Subject to the availability of funds in the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board Fund, to make grants or loans to qualified applicants pursuant to ORS 284.791 (Grants and loans to expand development authorized), not to exceed a total of 10 active grants at any one time.

(5) To establish a means to evaluate grants or loans made by the board and the department, including, but not limited to, the number of businesses or regionally significant industrial sites assisted, the types and amount of resources leveraged, return on investment criteria, performance and outcome measures and methods to evaluate the impact on jobs and wages in the area of the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Region to which grant or loan moneys were applied or utilized.

(6) To facilitate collaboration among employers, local governments, state agencies and stakeholders for the purpose of enhancing and expanding workforce development and economic development in the region.

(7) To consult with affected school districts, community colleges and universities and the Employment Department in identifying policies and strategies that will enhance and promote workforce development to improve the availability of a qualified workforce for employers in the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Region.

(8) To report annually on or before December 31 of each year to standing and interim committees of the Legislative Assembly related to business and economic development regarding implementation and administration of the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board and grants or loans made by the board and the Oregon Business Development Department pursuant to ORS 284.791 (Grants and loans to expand development authorized). The report may include recommendations regarding proposed legislation and strategies to improve workforce development and economic development in the region. [2017 c.703 §4]

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 284—Organizations for Economic Development, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors284.­html (2017) (last ac­cessed Mar. 30, 2018).
 
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.