Contact: Lane County Public Information Officer Anne Marie Levis, 541-915-4659
The Oregon Economic Development Association (OEDA) Board of Directors recently announced the election of Sarah Means-Mizejewski.
“Our board members proudly represent every corner of our state,” said Jody Christensen, OEDA President. “Sarah’s work in Lane County and with TEAM Oregon Food Processing is impressive and we are delighted to welcome her to the OEDA Board of Directors.”
OEDA is a statewide organization working to support Oregon’s economic development professionals who are on the front line in diversifying and expanding Oregon’s economy. OEDA advocates, collaborates, and educates to foster the success of its more than 85 member organizations and their communities. OEDA is recognized as the primary champion for the creation of a balanced, prosperous, and robust Oregon economy.
“Sarah has played a crucial role in the economic development of Lane County and we are thrilled that she will be continuing her work with OEDA,” said Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken. “Her approach to local revitalization and job creation will be a tremendous asset to the board.”
Means-Mizejewski is also appointed to jointly lead TEAM Oregon Food Processing, a program with OEDA origins. Team Oregon is designed to help recruit, retain and expand the multi-million dollar food processing industry in Oregon and is strategically positioned to support the food processing industry here in Lane County. Together, the TEAM sends a strong message to out of state companies that Oregon is open for business and that we welcome their business to expand here.
Means-Mizejewski co-authored the award winning Lane County Local Food Market Analysis, which provides an analysis of how food grown, processed, distributed and sold in Lane County can boost the local economy.
“This work helped prepare Lane County to join forces with TEAM Oregon whose mission is to identify growing and expanding food processors, develop relationships, and generate business recruitment leads,” said Means-Mizejewski. “Both of these honors; being elected to the OEDA Board of Directors and a leader of TEAM Oregon are natural for me. Best of all, we get to support our local food and beverage businesses by developing stronger alliances to assist the industry.”
The TEAM model is an effective way for organizations large and small, rural and urban – to leverage resources to create a more aggressive and strategic recruitment effort. The TEAM approach has been used before in Oregon – TEAM Clean Tech and Distribution are the most recent. TEAM Oregon Food Processing has developed a trade show schedule, marketing materials and business outreach. Today, there are more than 30 economic development organizations participating.
“Sarah has been an instrumental member of the TEAM. She brings a wealth of knowledge about the food and beverage industry,” said Christensen.