May 16, 2017
Chris Miller, City of Adrian
Chris Miller is the lead economic and downtown developer for the City of Adrian, in SE Michigan. He came to this position with a background in business, a career in education that included private and international schools, and non-profit and government leadership work. He worked as a city commissioner and Downtown Development Authority board member, and served as chairperson of the regional chamber of commerce, symphony orchestra, and housing development coalition.
Stephen Michael, Main Street Alliance
Founded in 2005, the Main Street Alliance is a national network of small business coalitions working in 16 states to build a new voice for small businesses on health care, financial reform, and other national and local issues.
Lisa Dawson, Northeast Oregon Economic Development District
Lisa has worked in economic development since 1989. She helps organizations flourish by improving their long-term viability. She has worked with elected officials, non-profit organizations and community groups.
Lisa also enjoys working with entrepreneurs and business owners and appreciates their role in growing the region’s economy. She is proud to be part of an effort to increase technical assistance, networking, skill-building and financing for entrepreneurs.
Lisa grew up on a farm in the Wallowa Valley and enjoys working with the people and communities that define the rural region in which she makes her home.
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“I think the biggest challenge is engaging investors and having interesting offerings for them to invest in. So having a match happen at the right time…it’s going to take that continued education and investor engagement to make other deals be possible“