Wallowa County Chieftain News wallowa.com November 25, 2015 Developers look to boost support of local, regional entrepreneurs By Kathleen Ellyn Wallowa Count Chieftain The Northeast Oregon Eco- nomic Development District (NEOEDD) will be applying for money recently made avail- able by Gov. Kate Brown and Business Oregon, the state’s economic development agency. Business Oregon has ear- marked $250,000 for to support programs that will develop ru- ral entrepreneurship. “This is very consistent with ongoing programs and priori- ties,” said Lisa Dawson, execu- tive director of NEOEDD. The maximum amount available to organizations is $150,000. Awards are expected to be in the range of $50,000 to $150,000. Lisa Dawson Marc Stauffer One of NEOEDD’s long- term programs to support business entrepreneurs, the Foundations Business Training Program, recently graduated another dozen Wallowa County business hopefuls. Participants begin with business ideas and, with the assistance of their peers and course materials, work through all aspects of business develop- ment from start-up cost to mar- keting strategy — culminating with a well-developed business plan. “From the feedback I’ve re- ceived it’s one of the best ways for entrepreneurs to explore business start-up and expan- sion ideas and get feedback from their peers,” Dawson said. Since the fall of 2011 the six-week course has graduated 75 Wallowa County entrepre- neurs. “It’s very hands-on,” Daw- son said. “If people complete the program they always leave with valuable information they will retain and apply.” Wallowa County Small Business Development Cen- ter (SBDC) business advisor Marc Stauffer also attended the last class to familiarize himself with the process. “It was a great learning ex- perience and I appreciate what they are doing,” said Stauffer. “It’s important that NEOEDD, SBDC and the Chamber all work as one to support busi- ness development in the coun- ty. I will be sending some of my clients to the Business Training Program.” The next Foundations Busi- ness Training Program will be offered in late February. For more information, vis- it NEOEDD at http://www. neoedd.org. Visit the Wallowa County Small Business Development Center inside the Wallowa County Chamber Of¿ces at 309 S. River St. in Enterprise or call Stauffer at 541-398- 2393. Minority leader wants ODOT director’s resignation By Hillary Borrud Capital Bureau SALEM — Oregon Senate Minority Leader Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, on Wednesday called for the state’s top trans- portation of¿cial to resign. Ferrioli accused Oregon Department of Transportation director Matthew Garrett and advisers to Gov. Kate Brown of withholding key carbon emissions information from Democratic and Republican lawmakers who were negoti- ating a transportation funding package earlier this year. Fer- rioli cited public records re- leased by ODOT and the Gov- ernor’s Of¿ce. Lawmakers gave up on the transportation funding propos- al after Garrett revealed during the ¿rst public hearing June 24 that the plan would result in a smaller carbon emissions reduction than originally pro- jected. ODOT staff had pre- dicted smaller carbon reduc- tions more than two weeks before the hearing, but did not pass that ¿gure to lawmakers, according to emails released by Ferrioli’s of¿ce. Lawmakers have contin- ued to question the transpor- tation agency’s management in recent months, and Brown acknowledged last week that ODOT needs to reassure law- makers it is operating ef¿cient- ly in order to build support for a possible 2017 transportation funding package. The emissions calculations were a critical component of the 2015 transportation ne- gotiations. Republicans had said they would only support an increase in the gas tax if Democrats agreed to repeal the state’s low-carbon fuel standard, which takes effect in January and is supposed to reduce carbon emissions from transportation by up to 10 per- cent — 7.7 million metric tons — over the next decade. Democrats said they would only consider replacing the fuel standard with a plan that would result in at least an equal reduction in carbon emissions. ODOT staff pro- vided estimates that the state could achieve that through a package of alternative fuel incentives and spending to im- prove public transit and reduce traf¿c congestion. One part of the plan in par- ticular resulted in immediate skepticism by environmental- ists: proposed technological improvements in traf¿c Àows that were supposed to cut car- bon emissions by 2.02 million metric tons over a decade. To- gether with other components of the plan, these improve- ments were supposed to reduce carbon emissions by as much as 9.1 million to 11.22 million metric tons over a decade. Gar- rett said on June 24 the techno- logical improvements would yield roughly 20 percent of the amount calculated originally for the bipartisan group, which meant the transportation pack- age would no longer achieve the same amount of carbon reductions predicted from the low-carbon fuel standard. Ferrioli revealed on Wednesday that he had also asked the governor to seek Gar- rett’s resignation soon after the hearing. “In June, following the im- plosion of transportation ne- gotiations, I demanded Gov. 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