The Astoria-Warrenton area has seen a renaissance of economic development and revitalization in the last decade. Astoria has blossomed into a beautiful riverfront community with a variety of businesses including unique boutique-style shops in its downtown core. Many historic buildings and homes in Astoria have been lovingly renovated, many to their original Victorian-era inspired facades. Long-vacant buildings are being re-purposed and bringing new businesses and jobs to the community.
Warrenton, with its ample available land for development of new business and residential construction, has seen a surge of new openings of major stores providing jobs and opportunities to the area.
The City of Warrenton has developed a master plan for its downtown core and work is ahead of schedule with some businesses eagerly set to work.
Economic development is the mainstay of sustainable growth and vitality within any community. To ensure that all of Clatsop County can share in this prosperity, Clatsop Economic Development Resources was formed. What some are calling a model approach to economic development, the CEDR partnership was formed in 2008 to expand the area’s professional outreach to our business community. The Mission at CEDR is “to deliver business-driven economic development services to create, grow and retain businesses in Clatsop County.” CEDR’s goals are clear. Every day CEDR works with the Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce and other partners in the County to:
• Lead delivery of professional economic development searches by bringing together the efforts of multiple organizations.
• Expand, retain and recruit businesses and industry.
• Develop existing and new industry clusters.
• Increase per-capita income, diversify the economy and promote managed economic growth through year-round family jobs.
In addition, Kevin Leahy, with CEDR, manages Clatsop Community College’s Small Business Development Center and he and his staff provide new and growing small businesses with services such as free and confidential counseling, workforce training, information and technical assistance.
The CEDR/SBDC professionals are eager to show existing businesses and new businesses looking to locate in our region the tools and techniques that will assist any business with success strategies. Check out the new state of-the-art website: www.clatsoped.com – a “one-stop resource” for business information in Clatsop County. Leahy welcomes your questions at any time. Call (503) 338-2402 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
WorkSource NW Oregon, located in Astoria, provides economic and labor market data for research and planning needs as well as many other services to business.