Economic Development

Community and Economic Development

Community development is a major goal for Central Oregon cities and counties, and the region as a whole has significant community development needs.  As a regional Council of Governments, COIC’s purpose includes providing a means for the region to work together to identify issues and needs which are regional in scope, achieve concurrence for cooperative actions, and achieve goals in areas including land use, human services, natural resources and environmental protection, public safety, economic development, transportation, education, and workforce development.

COIC provides project-specific Community Development services for individual communities, governments, businesses, and other partner organizations.  These services are offered to:

  1. facilitate multi-stakeholder, regional-scope projects and problem-solving;
  2. take advantage of economies of scale by sharing capacity;
  3. address the need for additional staff, resources, and technical capacity, and
  4. COIC has developed in-house expertise in areas that benefit the communities collectively.

Staff List

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Scott Aycock, Community and Economic Development Manager

Vernita Ediger, Natural Resources Program Administrator

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Janel Ruehl, Program Coordinator

Dana Greenwald, Program Assistant II