Michael Held

Director of Policy and Economic Services

As an economic development professional and self-taught planner with over seven years of experience in rural communities in Oregon and West Virginia, I am thrilled to be on the RDI team. Since my professional career aligns with my personal passion, I am sincere saying I love what I do. Being part of the RDI team working toward economic vitality in the Pacific Northwest adds to my enthusiasm to see rural communities recognize potential. With an array of economic development and planning experiences, including business and organizational development and recruitment, land use and strategic planning, industrial land development and cluster strategies, historic preservation, and a Masters degree in Public Administration, I am excited to apply this knowledge to your community’s needs to achieve a more prosperous Oregon.