Bio Diesel Plant Board Members
"First Oil" 11-13-08
Odessa Public Development Authority
Best Practices Winner
The Governor's 2009 Workforce and Economic Development Best Practices awards were presented in Spokane at the 2009 conference in Spokane, Oct. 29. Five projects were recognized as models of success in workforce and economic development from among many strong programs, including the Odessa Public Development Authority. (OPDA)
The OPDA has been successful in bringing new businesses and jobs to the rural eastern Washington farming community of Odessa, population 980.
Five new businesses and 40 family-wage jobs were created—with as many as 80 more on the way. One new business to a community as small as Odessa has a ripple effect throughout the community. If that business hires just one employee who chooses to relocate to Odessa from outside the community, it can bring more students to the school system, more patients to the hospital, additional taxes for governments and more spending in local businesses.
WA Department of Commerce News Release
Nov. 19, 2009
OLYMPIA – The Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) announced $3.3 million in public investments targeting job creation and business growth in Asotin, Klickitat, Lincoln and Yakima counties. News Release