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Economic Development

Brett Estes
Interim Community Development Director
Phone: 503-338-5183

Barbara Fryer
City Planner / Project Manager

Phone: 503-338-5183

Tiffany Taylor
Administrative Assistant

Phone: 503-338-5183

Lisa Ferguson
Building Codes Permit Technician
Phone: 503-325-1004

Building Official / Code Enforcement Officer
Phone: 503-325-1004 

The Community Development Department is responsible for economic development within the City. The Department assists with new businesses, business relocation, or business expansions.

Current Project: Advance Astoria

Advance Astoria:  5-Year Economic Development Strategy - The Community Development Department received a Technical Assistance Grant from the Department of Land Conservation and Development in March, 2016. The purpose of this grant is to develop a five year economic development strategy. 

The City solicited for professional services to assist in creating an economic development strategy. Community Attributes Inc. (CAI) from Seattle was selected as the preferred consultant. The City Council approved a contract with CAI on October 19, 2016.  

Advance Astoria timeline:

September – December 2016:  Project Initiation, Data Collection, and Technical Analysis
January – March 2017: Community Engagement, Review Draft Concepts
April – June 2017: Draft Action Plan, Review & Adoption Process

Citizens Advisory Committee:

Local residents and business owners appointed by the Mayor to help guide the project and provide advice on technical and policy questions that may arise:

Andrew Bornstein - Traded Sector/Fish Processing Industry
Alisa Dunlap - Pacific Power
Jorge Gutierrez - Lower Columbia Hispanic Council
Jim Knight (Gary Kobes) - Port of Astoria
David Kroening - Buoy Beer (Josh Allison - Reach Break Brewing)
Kevin Leahy / David Reid - Co Chair, CEDR/SBDC 
Mary McArthur - Col Pac
Leslie McCray - Owner, Sweaterheads Entrepreneur / Small Business Owner
Walt Postlewait (Scott Huddleston) - CRAFT3
Jim Servino (Skip Hauke) - Astoria Warrenton Chamber of Commerce
Erik Thorson - Columbia Memorial Hospital
JoAnn Zahn - VP of Finance, Clatsop Community College

Documents relating to this project are posted below and as they become available:

Advance Astoria Joint Work Session Workshop Strategy Worksheet
Economic Development Strategic Plan 

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For information about this project, contact Brett Estes at bestes@astoria.or.us or 503-325-5824.