About Us

The Umpqua Economic Development Partnership is a collaborative organization focused on retention, expansion and recruitment of primary industry or “traded sector” businesses that provide family-wage jobs
The Partnership does its work through supporting the expansion (and retention) of existing businesses; marketing the region as a good location to do business; recruiting businesses; and supporting strategic thinking and collaboration among the governments and other organizations committed to economic development in Douglas County.
According to The Partnership’s By-Laws (adopted in August 2011), the organization’s primary mission is:
  1. To encourage industrial and manufacturing enterprises to locate new facilities or expand existing facilities within Douglas County, Oregon, in order to strengthen and diversify the  family wage job base;
  2. To help new or existing businesses in Douglas Countyto maintain or create new jobs;
  3. To increase capacity for economic development in Douglas County; and
  4. To solicit, collect and receive money or other assets, and to administer those funds or assets for economic development in Douglas County.

In 2015, Dr. Beth Fitz Gibbons (Fitz Gibbon Inc. Venture Development) was hired by The Partnership to review and update our Strategic Plan Executive Summary.  The Mission of The Partnership for Economic Development in Douglas County Document..

In 2010  Chabin Concepts was hired by The Partnership.  The collaboration efforts focused on looking at ways that industry throughout Douglas County could be revitalized, through customized, decisive strategies and tactical implementations.

Chabin Concepts, a nationally recognized and awarded economic planning and development group, evaluated the county and developed a Roadmap listing items that could assist in stimulating, refining, improving and encourage Douglas County’s market and industry. Chabin interviewed local businesses/employers and governmental agencies throughout the county regarding business economy, workforce, retention and recruitment. They viewed Douglas County lands and properties that were available for future recruitment of new businesses to area.

The final summary report the Douglas County Roadmap list the strengths and weaknesses of the County and an outline of a strategic plan for the future. 



Are you interested in becoming a Member?

The activities of The Partnership are funded by our membership. If your business or organization would like to connect with others working to improve the health of the regional activity, we would welcome your interest. We offer multiple membership levels. If you are interested in joining, please give us a call or fill out our membership application.