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News Release
Oregon City Economic Development Manager Receives National Certification (Photo) - 03/01/24

Oregon City, ORE. – Oregon City’s Economic Development Manager, James Graham, was just recertified as one of only five Economic Development Professionals in the state by the by the International Economic Development Council. 

Graham has worked in Oregon City for the past three years. He has more than 34 years of experience in economic development, with stints in 16 cities across 8 states over the course of his career. 

“I’m honored to have once again earned this distinction that holds us to the highest standards within our industry. The work we do is vital to our communities, and this certification helps to maintain the excellence that this department strives for on a daily basis,” said Graham.

Since serving as Oregon City’s Economic Development Manager, Graham has initiated multiple programs and initiatives credited with helping many businesses of all sizes in the community. During the Pandemic he created the Oregon City Debt Relief Program, an initiative that kept many local restaurants and other small businesses open. 

He was also instrumental in attracting Atlas Community Credit Union to Oregon City; Oregon’s sixth largest not-for-profit financial cooperative. The credit union’s new campus is the workplace for 210 employees. Located on 14405 Meyers Road. The Advantis Campus is situated on a 12-acre comprised of three buildings totaling 76,221 square feet.

The Economic Development department also currently oversees tourism marketing efforts in Oregon City. I that capacity, Graham implemented the latest Tourism Strategic Plan by establishing a variety of programs and initiatives designed to support visitor-facing businesses in the community, as well as helped to professionalize several not for profit organizations in Oregon City.   

In addition to his years of experience, Graham holds a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh PA, with a Specialization Certificate in International Political Economy, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte NC.

The recertification was issued this week by the organization, which is the largest of its kind. It represents more than 4,500 economic development professionals in the US and abroad. 

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