The 2016 budget released Monday by the White House contains good news for rural Oregon as it calls for the reauthorization of timber payments and changes to funding for fighting wildfires.


RDI has been serving rural communities in the Pacific Northwest for over 23 years, and we recently found ourselves in the news regarding Cylvia Hayes and her role at RDI. Ms. Hayes was hired by RDI Executive Director, Craig Smith, to explore clean economy options for rural communities. Her salary was paid from our own unrestricted net assets, and RDI’s state revenue was not influenced by Ms. Hayes’ employment. Our leadership and development trainings, grant writing workshops, and other programs, along with our role as neutral convener, enable us to continue to be a resource that rural communities can trust.


Coos, Curry, and Douglas County Entrepreneurs: You are invited to share ideas on what your business needs to grow and expand and to help Business Oregon and local leaders understand barriers that need to be overcome. Fill out a survey or schedule an interview today.


An article in the Willamette Week has brought attention to state funding RDI received while Cylvia Hayes worked at RDI. RDI has not received any state benefit before, during, or after the time Ms. Hayes worked with us as a result of her employment with RDI. RDI has been serving rural communities in the Pacific Northwest for over 23 years and will continue be the resource rural communities can trust.


Metro America is back to par with pre-recession employment, but rural counties are still behind.


Today and tomorrow we're delivering the Ford Institute Leadership Program in North Klamath County, North Lincoln County, and Wild Rivers Coast South.


Northeast Oregon Community Capital Collaborative is offering a series of local investing workshops in January in La Grande for people who want to learn more about local investing—as an investor, business owner, or both.


After several months of talking with stakeholders and partners in the community/economic development arena, RDI's Rural Economic Vitality team rolled up their sleeves to begin outlining future REV services.


At this time of year, we are especially grateful for the opportunity to work with people who are hopeful, inspired, and ready to make a difference in rural communities. We wish you warmest greetings of the season and a joyous new year.


Since 2000 the federal government has helped counties that relied on the timber industry, but that program received no money in the end-of-year spending package Congress just approved.