SEASIDE - Clatsop Economic Development Resources (CEDR), a public/private economic development organization established last year to assist Clatsop County businesses, recently announced the election of new directors and officers following its annual board of directors meeting in late October.

Skip Hauke, executive director of the Astoria-Warrenton Area Chamber of Commerce, will serve the board as its president; Larry Popkin, managing member of Campbell Popkin, LLC, will serve as vice president; Steve Ferber, CEO and president of Clatsop Community Bank, will serve as treasurer; and Cindy Howe, executive director of Sunset Empire Transportation District, will serve as secretary.

New directors elected to the board include: Rosemary Baker-Monaghan, executive director of the Liberty Theater; June Pearson, marketing manager of TLC Credit Union; Erik Thorsen, chief operating officer of Columbia Memorial Hospital; Robert Stang, president of the Columbia River Business Alliance; Kristi Ward, public affairs manager of Georgia-Pacific Wauna Mill; Jeff Jewel, executive director of the Cannon Beach Chamber of Commerce; and Patti Atkins, public relations manager at Providence Seaside Hospital. Twelve previously elected directors will continue their service.

In year two, CEDR will continue service as a one-stop organization for Clatsop County businesses and entrepreneurs seeking economic development services. In addition, CEDR plans to offer membership in the organization as a way for small businesses to participate in guiding economic development efforts countywide.

CEDR is a nonprofit organization providing Clatsop County businesses with comprehensive economic development services, including business counseling, assistance in accessing capital, workforce services, and access to specialized regional support. Businesses seeking services may contact CEDR at Clatsop Community College's South County Campus or by calling (503) 738-5490. For information, go to (


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