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Abisha Stone joins SEDCOR's team as Yamhill County's Business Retention and Expansion Manager

Monday, April 16, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kristine Thomas
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Preparing a meal for her combined family presents a few challenges for Abisha Stone.

Her husband, Chris, cannot have tree nuts or avocado, due to food allergies. One daughter is a picky eater and the three boys and a daughter will eat just about anything with a few not liking this or that such as tomatoes and mushrooms.

“From spending time, I have learned with everyone likes and doesn’t like,” Stone, 41, said.

Asking questions, listening and taking into consideration what is best for each individual will be the same strategy Stone carries to her new job.

Strategic Economic Development Corporation or SEDCOR recently hired Stone to serve as the Yamhill County Business Retention and Expansion Manager. Her position was created after SEDCOR was awarded a contract by Yamhill County to provide economic development to the county and its 10 cities.

SEDCOR is a nonprofit organization of business and community leaders committed to the economic vitality of Marion, Polk and Yamhill counties in Oregon’s Mid-Willamette Valley.

Founded in 1982, SEDCOR’s mission is to leverage the strength of its public and private partnerships to successfully retain, grow and attract high value traded-sector jobs and capital investments, while providing members services to support the region’s businesses success.

Before starting at SEDCOR on April 9, Stone was the production manager for Oregon Cherry Growers; the vice president of operations for Marion-Polk Food Share and the contract packing/relations manager for Truitt Bros. Inc.

She is a board member and is the secretary on the executive committee for Oregon Aglink, a private, nonprofit volunteer membership organization dedicated to growing agriculture in Oregon through education and promotion and bridging the gap between urban and rural Oregonians.

Eager to assist traded-sector companies in Yamhill County, Stone shared she takes a holistic approach to problem solving.

“With every person I work with, I first try to gain a deep understanding of what the business culture is and the strategic opportunities that could be implemented to meet the individual business’ needs,” Stone said. “I always try to match the resources and solutions that best fit the individual goals of each traded-sector business.”

SEDCOR President Chad Freeman said Stone is the perfect fit to serve as the business retention and expansion manager for Yamhill County.

“Not only does she have the skills and knowledge to be effective in her new role but she also has the connections in the community which is vital to be successful in economic development,” Freeman said.

Freeman said Stone’s sincerity and integrity allow people to feel comfortable and to trust her with assisting them in addressing their business’ needs.

“What impresses me about Abisha is she respectfully listens to people and knows how to ask the questions that will assist the traded-sector businesses and communities in Yamhill County get their desired results,” Freeman said. “She is truly someone who will advocate and work to serve the community members, cities, county government and traded-sector businesses in Yamhill County.”

With family members and friends in both Marion and Yamhill counties, Stone shared she truly cares about the health, viability and livability of the region.

“To achieve that goal requires supporting our businesses,” Stone said. “By working to provide opportunities for businesses to grow and be successful that results in strong and sustainable communities.”

Stone is truly excited and honored to work for SEDCOR to serve Yamhill County. She encourages people to contact her and invite her to attend a meeting, tour their business or school, or to share their ideas or concerns.

Stone said someone defined economic development to her as “efforts that seek to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for a community… .”

Though the quote went on to describe the ways in which this is achieved, Stone said the person  had her at “community.” 

“I sincerely believe where you spend your time and energy is where you will see an impact and I

can’t think of a better place to expend those efforts than in our local communities,” Stone said. “I sincerely look forward to working the SEDCOR team to further expand our work to impact economic development within Yamhill County.”

Abisha Stone can be reached at or 503-507-4175. 






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