Business & economy

Board tasked with boosting local economy is looking for new members

Candidates are being sought for two seats on the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Board.

The board, created in 2017, focuses on economic development in Malheur County along the Idaho border.

The board is looking to fill seats now held by Tiffany Cruickshank and Stuart Reitz, whose terms expire at the end of the year. 

Cruickshank, a fourth-generation farmer, and Reitz, a Malheur County extension agent, have served on the board since its inception. 

The governor appoints board members for four-year terms who are limited to two consecutive terms. 

Emily Conlon, the coordinator for the border board, said those interested in being appointed could reach out to the board at [email protected]. From there, she said, the board would submit those names to the Malheur County Court, which would then send those names on to the governor.  

According to the state law, the governor appoints members from a list of eligible appointees with expertise in business, education, workforce development or economic development provided by local governing bodies within the Eastern Oregon Border Economic Development Region. 

Conlon said the board is also working with other local governing bodies to create a list of eligible appointees. 

“This multi-fold approach has proven fruitful in prior appointments,” Conlon said. 

In addition to Cruickshank and Reitz, the other members on the board include Bill Johnson, a local farmer who owns Loft Property Management; Treasure Valley Community College President Dana Young; Roberto Gamboa, a director at Euvalcree, a local nonprofit community action group; Ontario Recreation District Director Andrew Maeda; and local resident Ron Haidle, a retired banking executive.

Melisa Drugge of Business Oregon is a non-voting member of the board. Business Oregon is the state economic development agency.

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