Community Development

The Community Development Department strives to research, pursue and encourage Economic Development activities which include job creation and retention and tourism marketing for the County. The Department assists the four cities with grant writing and administration for sewer and water upgrades and other projects as needed; coordinates with the Small Business Administration in The Dalles for counseling services for existing businesses and potential business opportunities; and manages Sherman County’s Enterprise Zone which encourages businesses to locate within the cities in Sherman County by waiving property taxes for three to five years.

Community Development
Georgia Macnab

Mailing Address:

PO Box 381

Moro, OR 97039

Physical Address:
66365 Lonerock Rd
Moro, OR 97039
(541) 565-3601
(541) 565-3078 - Fax

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On-Line Information



Mid-Columbia Economic Development District

MCEDD's mission is to promote the creation of family-wage jobs, the diversification
of the economic base, and the growth, development and retention of business and industry within the five-county district, including Sherman County.

Sherman County Project Manager
Jessica Metta

Mid-Columbia Economic Development District
515 East 2nd Street
The Dalles, OR 97058
(541) 296-2266
(541) 296-3283 - Fax

On-Line Information



Lower John Day Investment Board:
Gilliam, Sherman, and Wheeler Counties

Long-term planning by the Lower John Day Regional Partnership influences implementation of
Regional Investment and Rural Investment funding, primarily for project feasibility and technical
assistance. Goals include improvements in regional infrastructure, identification of development
opportunities, business expansion and diversification and sustained staff capacity for community and economic development.

Lower John Day Development Partnership
Staff - Paula Fontenot
P.O. Box 327
Fossil, OR 97830



Oregon Business Development Department

The Oregon Economic and Community Development Department's goal is to strengthen the state's economy in an effort to put more Oregonians to work in good jobs. We work with the private sector to create an environment that encourages business expansion, creation and relocation; and with local communities to help develop the infrastructure they need to attract business and keep their economy going.

Business Development Officer
Clark Jackson

Oregon Business Development Department
109 NW Greewood
Bend, OR 97701



Small Business Development Center

The Small Business Development Center at Columbia Gorge Community College provides quarterly business counseling to the residents of Sherman County at no charge. On a quarterly basis, Jeffrey Nicol, Director of the SBDC, meets at the Sherman County Senior Community Center with those interested in seeking business assistance.

If you are seeking assistance for your business contact Jeffrey Nicol at (541) 506-6121. He can provide on-line business counseling, phone business counseling and face-to-face business counseling. The Small Business Development Center also provides on-line business courses in business planning and starting your own business.

Jeffrey Nicol

Small Business Development Center
Columbia Gorge Community College

400 E. Scenic Dr, Suite 2.111

The Dalles, OR 97058
(541) 506-6120

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